Hampton U’s community anticipates Super Bowl LI party
Story by Jazmin Bryant
As Super Bowl Sunday approaches Feb. 5, Hampton University students and employees looked forward to the game with anticipation.
"The [Atlanta] Falcons will make history," said Jordan McKinney, a sophomore political science major from New Jersey, and Falcons fan. "They haven't made it this far in years."
"For the Super Bowl, I plan to complete homework assignments and watch the commercials," Yamarie Sesay (photo below right), a junior journalism major from Maryland. "I look forward to the halftime show. Lady Gaga is a very interesting but yet entertaining performer."
Tomi Tabler, a senior biology major from Maryland, said, "Truthfully, I love football but I don't really care for the Super Bowl this year. Tom Brady is cool and all but I'm tired of seeing the [New England] Patriots.
"The commercials are honestly the best. I'll probably spend my time at a watch party vibing with friends."
During Super Bowl Sunday it is most likely for students to order big bulks of food from nearby restaurants for the football game. At restaurants on the edge of the Hampton U. campus, Wingzone, Subway and Tropical Smoothie were options.
"We are expecting a 20- to 30-percent increase in business this year because they cut our ordering short last year," said Wingzone manager Sergio Neal. "Between now [Thursday] and Saturday we will receive around 30 orders. Sunday we may be receiving somewhere between 200 to 300 customers or more."
According to Neal, the most popular order that Wingzone receives for the Super Bowl are the "Bone-in wings."
When asking the managers of the Subway and Tropical Smoothie what business would be like during the Super Bowl, it seems that there will not be any overwhelming orders coming in.
"They [students] normally go to a Walmart or Safeway to get the boxes of sandwiches and wings. We don't get a lot of orders because this is a student-oriented store unlike the other Subway up the road from here," said manager Sheetal Petal.
Some Hampton U. students who work at local restaurants said they have a very busy Sunday ahead of them.
"I'm looking forward to tips because I'm a server and I'm working the bar," said Lulu Louizaire (above left), a sophomore strategic communications major from Haiti, who works at a Buffalo Wild Wings.
The writer is a student in the Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications.