Garden State Gridiron – College Football in New Jersey – William Paterson University

by Alice Magdziak • November 14, 2014 • Passaic, Sports & LeisureComments (0)2511

The college football season is almost over and we visited one more New Jersey college football game this year to check out their school spirit and root for the home team. We headed over to Ed’s alma mater, William Paterson University, to see the Pioneers take on SUNY Cortland’s Red Dragons for their last home game of the year which is also Senior Day for the football team and cheerleaders.

The football Seniors got introduced before the game and walked onto the field with family members and later got a group picture after everyone was on the field. The Senior cheerleaders were introduced at halftime.

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Wightman Stadium is in a beautiful setting among the fall trees up in the mountains of Wayne and Haledon.  The stands were packed with fans from both schools since Cortland is only a few hours away.




The game was competitive but Cortland ended up winning 26-17.

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The cheerleaders impressed us by cheering the whole game.  Even when they weren’t leading an organized cheer, they were actively rooting for the team and getting the crowd’s interest.  They even did some tumbling routines and some pyramids.


At halftime, after the Senior cheerleaders were celebrated, we got to watch the WPU Dance Team on the field.  After having no halftime entertainment at Kean University, we were thrilled to have something to watch!  The dance team was great!

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The concession stand and restrooms are all near the ticket gate and easy to find. The concession menu was pretty basic:  soft pretzels, hot dogs, nachos, etc. The staff seemed pretty fun, though!


The team has one more road game this Saturday at Southern Virginia University.  Good luck, Pioneers!

We can’t wait to head out to some more college football games next year.  Where should we go??  There are a lot of choices in New Jersey since we have so many colleges and universities!

Here are all the pictures from our day at William Paterson University:

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