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Fun for the family, and boost for state

The UMass Minutemen fell to the Maine Black Bears 24-14 Saturday at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough.

Matthew J. Lee/Globe Staff

The UMass Minutemen fell to the Maine Black Bears 24-14 Saturday at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough.

I want to commend the Globe for the Sept. 10 editorial “NCAA challenges UMass fans: Show you’re big-time worthy.” Whether you are a current, past, or future University of Massachusetts student or parent or just a Massachusetts resident, this football program represents this state.

Attending a UMass football game at Gillette Stadium is a festive event. The air is filled with barbecue aroma throughout the parking lot, and the university has created a tailgate experience at the entrance for all ages as well as an alumni tent with an affordable full lunch.

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UMass’s award-winning marching band, cheerleaders, and dancers perform throughout the parking areas and Patriot Place before the game. Unlike at NFL games, halftime is not just a bathroom break; it is a big-time show worth the price of admission, win or lose.

For those looking for value, an entire family can go to a game for less than the cost of one Patriots ticket, and the parking is free. If you haven’t gone yet, you are in for a great experience.

Philip S. Kopel

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