The Mercy vs Institute of Notre Dame Game has been a very long tradition for our school. This game originated back in 1967, when they were the pregame for the Baltimore Bullets. The Baltimore Bullets was a basketball team we used to have, located in what is now the Royal Farms Arena. These games started out playing at all boy high schools such as Mt. St. Joseph and Loyola Blakefield. After the games started to get popular, they moved them to bigger arenas. Today, the game is held at Towson’s Secu Arena. It has been in the Secu Arena for several years and dozens of students, alumni, parents, and other guests come and support their favorite team.
This year was no different. As I walked through Towson University doors, I saw a whole red and blue sea mixed in-between each other. As I saw everyone walking to either side, my friends and I proudly walked to the red. Walking down the stairs to the front row was a surreal moment for me. I have been to many Mercy/IND games before and now walking down to the student section one last time seeing all the faces of excitement and anxiousness to win, it all hit me that I would never be able to experience this type of emotion again here. I would not be able to sing the alma mater with all four classes and then hear IND’s right after. I would not be able to see the excitement of my friends on pep squad or cheerleading after they are done their routine. I would not be able to be a proud senior who got to stand all the way in the front like all the seniors before me had. But this year, I got to experience it all, one last time.
As the game started, everyone is cheering and the chants are going great. Everyone is excited and eager to see the game. As the game continues, we are down, but the crowd continues to cheer. Even though the ending was what we were hoping for, the crowd continued to cheer and show that we love the girls on the court, win or lose.
Although we had lost the game, the cheerleaders and pep squad had amazing performances. They showed off their skills before and during the game. It was fantastic to see how well they performed and how well they displayed their school spirit. I look forward to the games in the future and how the tradition will continue to grow and evolve.