It feels like a marketing tool, not a memorial. Like their memory is being bastardized for the purpose of promoting the stadium
I do fear about the intentions, yes.
But there is a Bonfire Memorial. And it happened 15 years ago. If we'd saved the seats in 1999 and continued it til today, it's a touching tribute. Starting today, I just don't get it.
See that makes sense to me. The whole stadium was seen as sacred ground for too long.
Remember the HUGE deal when the student section changed entering the SEC? A few got moved, more were let in, no big deal today. But it was like the worst thing ever when it happened. I couldn't imagine trying to force something like this before the overhaul made us embrace change.
I see this stadium as our big reboot. By forcing a reshuffle of the alums everything is up in the air and we can do things we maybe should have done a long time ago.
Plus there was the whole issue that when this happened this was all VERY VERY serious. Lawsuits, accusations, dead kids. Doesn't get worse than that.
I see this as a lighter and final chapter to the tragedy. We can finally embrace that despite how they died in the end they were part of the 12th man too. We can keep their memory from only being a solemn and painful reminder of mistakes. I really like that.
This post was edited on 2/20 at 11:54 am