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Terry E. Peterson, Published October 09 2010

Something other than the ‘boom’

This letter ties in with The Forum article stating that Sanford Health gives $10 million for the Bison Sports Arena renovation project, which I totally support. In the article, it was stated that the weight training facility located on the second floor of the arena is above most of the athletic department offices. To paraphrase the article, “when a weight hits the floor, they practically jump out of their skin.”

The same thing applies to the booms before kickoff and after the Bison score. As a Vietnam veteran who heard more booms than I care to remember; plus other Vietnam, Korea, Iraq, Afghanistan and, hopefully, some World War II veterans may “practically jump out of our skin” even though we probably know the boom is going to happen.

What about the babies and young children (of which I see many at every game)? What kind of shock can this do to their systems?

Don’t get me wrong. I’m as big a Bison football fan as there is, having missed only three home games since 1978 and attended dozens of away games. I’m just wondering if Athletic Director Gene Taylor and other top officials could take a little time and check for other options versus the boom. Others among the 18,000-plus fans at the game may feel the same way.