Tough loss last night for the Crusaders but in typical Tom Gilmore fashion,
there is absolutely no quit in the Holy Cross Football vocabulary.
Aside from the final score, the set of numbers that truly grabbed me
were attendance (16,352) vs capacity (17,000). On a picture perfect
evening (did you see the guy in the parasail type gizmo beyond the
UMass sideline. Very cool!!) the crowd was a little late arriving (to
be expected with tailgating) but overall very impressive and well
I am fairly certain that Holy Cross is scheduled to play UMass again next year.
How cool would it be to make the UMass game next year the first night
game in Holy Cross history. UMass has 44 players on this year's roster who
live within an hour of Holy Cross. How many of their high school coaches
and fans do you think would attend?
UMass has a huge alumni base throughout eastern and central Massachusetts.
UMass travels well with a spectacular band. Holy Cross would certainly attract
all of the local Worcester area high schools and the Worcester
community at large. Great chance for some solid town-gown goodwill
The icing on the cake would be the second rendition of the Building the
Brand/Ring of Fame. Fitton Field would be a Field of Dreams as say Jon Morris, Bruce Kozerski,
and a representative of George Connor's family strolled to midfield. Last night's attendance and the UMass roster confirmed that this is a NO BRAINER.
I would take the over at 20k in attendance. 10k for the HC faithful, 10k for the UMass contingent.
Give away 5k in endzone tickets to local grammar schools. It would be an awesome showcase for the college and a potential sellout.
Will Holy Cross have the vision to make this a reality?
Larry Doyle '83