By: Alvin Hollins
Florida A&M Sports Information
FAMU fans are ready for some football!
That point was emphasized with the mass of supporters who filled the concourse of the Al Lawson Center on August 22. There were at least 100 people waiting in the heat by 1:30 p.m., with doors set to open at 2 p.m. When the floodgates opened, there was a steady flow of Rattler spirit, optimism, and enthusiasm with an estimated 1,000 fans attending the event.
One of the first people to arrive at Fan Day was FAMU President Elmira Mangum, Ph.D. Mangum was also the first University official at the event to pose for photos with fans in the Rattler photo booth.
Music blared to the sounds of young deejays, DJ Laila Jade and Z-Dub Beats. With an old school flow, it was a family friendly environment for the masses with Joe Bullard, “the voice of the Marching 100,” serving as the emcee for the event. In addition, the Rattler volleyball team joined the festivities for the first time and fans had the opportunity to meet Coach Tony Trifonov’s roster of athletes.
The first person to address the crowd was newly appointed FAMU athletic director Milton Overton Jr. Attending his first fan day, Overton was electrified by the turnout. “We are strong, and together we are going to build champions in this house. We’re going to do it together and we’re going to do it one step at a time,” Overton told the crowd. Overton was a crowd favorite. He stayed until the end of the event, posing for photos, encouraging folks to get season tickets, and making sure the operation was run smoothly.
The Rattler football team took seats on the concourse level around the arena to sign autographs and take photos with fans. Some fans brought their own items for the players to sign, while most grabbed a poster from the promotions table to get signed as the world-famous Marching100 struck up the tunes.
With the emergence of head football coach Alex Wood into the mix of fans, the day seemed to elevate to yet another level. Wood was proud to be a part of the festivities.
“This is great! There’s great excitement and I know our players love it. We love it! Football is football, but this is part of the entertainment and there is nothing like having fans to come out and support and get excited. Please buy your season tickets and come out to Bragg and watch some good football,” Wood said.