HSE Fans Take Their Tailgating Spirit to Lucas Oil Stadium
Hamilton Southeastern High School fans took their tailgate and body paint to the new Lucas Oil Stadium Saturday night as they rooted on the Royals, who played against the Avon Orioles for their first game of the season (Marsh Indiana Invitational). Many dedicated students tailgated in the parking lot, playing corn hole toss and painting up their bodies as they waited to get a front row seat in the student section.
Lucas Oil Stadium celebrated its first two nights of operation with high school football games. HSE was one of these lucky schools to have the chance to play in the brand new Colts venue with the largest retractable roof — one of only three in the NFL. They got to admire race cars on the north end of the stadium, and they could see a huge, white horseshoe made from strategic painting of the stadium seats. Directly above the horseshoe lies a colossal window with views of Indy’s skyscrapers.
Just standing in the stadium was excitement enough, but HSE fans would experience a double dosage. Suspense filled the entire stadium throughout the game but especially during the last few seconds.
It was third down with one yard to go and only three seconds left on the clock. Avon was up 27-23 when suddenly, the Royals had possession of the ball. The quarterback, Jordan Hoffman, threw a pass to fullback JT Macy, who was graciously waiting in the end zone, wide open. After the pass was completed, the fans cheered with excitement, and the entire Royals football team jumped up and down as they rushed towards Macy to congratulate him. HSE won with a score of 29-27.
“It was the best game I have ever seen,” said Ryan Striebel, a senior at HSE High School and a member of the Blue Crew Fan Club. “This game was definitely a great way to start the season.”