An open letter to the fans of marshall and citizens of huntington
By Jason Wyrick September 30, 2016
An Open Letter to the Fans of Marshall and Citizens of Huntington
Marshall fans, citizens of Huntington- I want to thank you.
From the beginning of my trip planning until the time I left for the Ville, you were helpful, supportive, polite and made our trip the best it could be- and for that, I wanted to let you all know how much my girlfriend and I appreciated it.
Last Monday, we decided we were for sure going. I searched for things to see in Huntington, but I wanted to see what the locals had to say. I came across the Herd Fans forum and asked them. Everyone on there was super helpful and gave me suggestions. Restaurant recommendations, sightseeing suggestions and directions and even some tailgate invites, the users of Herd Fans made my trip super smooth.
The first thing we did when we got to West Virginia was to see the Southern Airways Flight 932 crash site memorial (for Cards fans reading that may not know, this was the Marshall football plane crash). It truly was in a pretty isolated area away from civilization, but it was definitely a worthwhile detour.
After seeing the actual site of the crash, we went to the cemetery to pay our respects. It was sobering to see the memorial and the six unmarked graves of the unidentified victims and the resting place of Nate Ruffin, forever with his teammates. We found out that some visiting fans would bring a small item to leave at the memorial, so on behalf of Card Nation, we brought and left a foam finger in the shape of the “L” hand gesture on the base.
We then went to campus. I want to include a very special shout out and thank you to Herd Fans user gochneaur645. He sent me a message on the forum extending me an offer for a parking pass on campus a block from the stadium and to join his tailgate. We did visit his tailgate and had a pretty good discussion about the game and our respective schools. He pointed out that Marshall and Louisville were both regional schools in states dominated by a rival, and I agree we are much the same in that respect. We went and parked, and then were greeted several times by Marshall fans welcoming us in what turned out to be a pleasantly surprising trend. Then we walked to see the fountain and get lunch.
Recommended to us for lunch was Fat Patty’s and I can now attest that the hype is real. The place is awesome. Other than waiting forever to get a table because it was packed, the entire experience was great. The atmosphere was what you expect prior to a game, the food was terrific and the prices were even better. Thank you for that recommendation!
Joan C. Edwards Stadium was a pretty nice facility and the fans really made it a special atmosphere to attend a game. Other than the lone banner in the student section (that I assume to be the work of a single individual that from my experience didn’t represent the fan base as a whole) we didn’t meet a single rude person and we were continuously welcomed to the school and town by numerous fans, and we truly felt the Marshall hospitality. For that, on behalf of Card Nation, we wanted to express our gratitude and let it be known how much it was appreciated. You guys made this a very memorable, fun and exciting trip, easily my favorite game away from Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium in Louisville that I have ever been to. Thank you again.
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