For those who've been living under a rock for the past semester, the James Madison University football team is headed, for the SECOND consecutive time, to the FCS Championship game in Frisco, Texas after an undefeated season. On January 6, 2018, the Dukes of JMU will be going head to head against North Dakota State in a battle for the title.
Our fans are so dedicated that Toyota Stadium had to ban the time-honored tradition of throwing streamers. I attended the 2017 FCS Championship game, and I can testify that there was no shortage of streamers and that we all were enthusiastically throwing them for every touchdown. Fans aren’t exactly thrilled with this new rule but you can bet that school spirit will still be at an all-time high this coming Saturday.
For those who aren't making the voyage down to Frisco, make sure you tune into the game! Whether you're watching it on the TV in the comfort of your home, keeping up with social media or listening to it via the radio, this is the Championship Game and you do NOT want to miss out!! This season has been one of the best and we should all ring in the second semester by cheering on the team in one final showdown!
As someone who’s made the trip down to Frisco, here are a few tips for the Dukes who are making the trip this year…
1. If you’re driving, pack snacks and blankets
Because you will get hungry and you will get cold. Last year, we hit a mini snow storm and you never know if your car will break down or if your heat won’t work.
2. BRING WARM CLOTHES!!!
Especially with this cold spell that the United States is experiencing, GameDay will be absolutely freezing! Gloves, hats, double up on socks, layering, etc. Your body will thank you later.
3. Another tip for the Driving Dukes: Drink caffeine and trade driving shifts!
What my car of five did was traded off on who was navigating and driving and who was just recharging in the back. Again, your body will thank you later.
4. Bring cash just in case
You never know when you're going to need it!
5. Bring one bag because you don't want to accidentally lose a bag
That being said, don't overpack! It's most likely just a weekend trip so be wary of what you're bringing.
6. Don't forget your IDs!
If you want to drink, pick up your tickets, check into the hotel, you will need your ID!
So get ready for one final GameDay, Dukes! Whether you're there in person or in spirit, it's time to show the world that the JMU Dukes not only have the best football team but the best school spirit!