By Tyler Scott
Fans were entertained by a plethora of activities at the Armed Forces Adventure Park Friday morning just hours before BYU and Tulsa took the field at SMU’s Ford Stadium in Dallas.
Set up just outside the football complexes on SMU’s campus, the Adventure Parkarea featured stations from all five branches of the United States Armed Forces. The Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, and Coast Guard all made use of this great event to recruit future heroes to their respective branches.
Recruiting was only a small portion of the Adventure Park area, though. Fans were granted access to interact hands on with many very special aspects of the United States military. Many got to discover the rich traditions of the respective military branches by exploring large trailers filled with pictures and memorabilia. Others found a little competition in football tossing and military pull-up contests. Loud music, free food and prizes also accompanied the party.
A BYU fan from Tulsa, Okla., was impressed with how the park highlighted the importance of bringing the fans from both teams together.
“[The Adventure Park] makes for a good, fun collegiate game experience. You know, you get together with two sides and enjoy each other even though you’re playing against each other,” Mark explained. “It makes the game exciting and meaningful.”
From exploring tanks and personnel carriers to riding in flight simulators to shaking hands with active heroes of the US Armed Services, the Adventure Park offered a unique opportunity for fans to not only interact with each other, but also with those who serve our country.
The Armed Forces Adventure Park emphasized the fact that the Armed Forces Bowl is much more than a bowl game.