American, or gridiron, football was developed by the elite, east coast universities in the 1800s. The first intercollegiate game was played in 1869 between Princeton and Rutgers. Since that time, football games take place at universities all over the country during the fall semester. Many adaptations and rule changes have occurred over the years as the sport has become more popular.It was in the 1920s that college football became recognized as “America’s greatest sporting spectacle.” Based upon the nature of the competition, the architecture of football stadiums was created in the style of Greek stadiums and the Roman Colosseum.
Interestingly enough, college football has become known for the inclusion of bands and cheerleaders, pep rallies, bonfires, cookouts and tailgating, homecoming events, and alumni reunions as much as for the athletic thrills of the competition. Because of the involvement of many members of the student population, it is a ritual that is important in many ways to many people.
Football season is a great time to look at information about the sport, so stop by the display near the front door of the Al Harris Library to examine and check out the books about this American game.
While you are here on campus, enjoy a trip to Fast Lane Field and watch the Bulldogs in action!