One of the best things about Saturdays on a college campus during the fall is the football atmosphere that is present. The band blasting out music, the huge crowds of people, little children tossing footballs at each other and tackling each other on the quad. It’s all about the excitement and cheering your team on. At Notre Dame, I was always excited for all of those elements but I also loved the concession stands around the campus. Anything you can imagine from elephant ears to hot dogs to brats, it’s all available in various stands around campus. I think one of the unique things about Notre Dame (maybe it applies to other colleges as well), is that the profits from these concession stands go to various clubs on campus. This is really the main fundraiser that these clubs have and so they do their best in trying to get people to purchase from their stand.
I guess why I have such a positive attitude towards concession stands is because I helped run some during my college years. There was nothing like getting up in the morning and firing up the grill and smelling the smoke and cooked meats rising in the air. Couple that with some very enthusiastic club members yelling out cheers and you had a recipe for a fun day outdoors with people from your club.
For these reasons and the simple fact that concession stands give you tasty food in general, I am thankful for concession stands, especially those that are run by students!