An Exciting RU Football Season Is Coming Soon, But Where's The Cannon?

Dani CaplanCorrespondent ISeptember 3, 2009

PISCATAWAY, NJ - DECEMBER 04:  Kenny Britt #88 of the Rutgers Scarlet Knights celebrates his touchdown in the second quarter with teammate Jack Corcoran #19 during the game against the Louisville Cardinals at Rutgers Stadium on December 4, 2008 in Piscataway, New Jersey.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

The picture above shows Jack Corcoran celebrating with Kenny Britt after Britt scored a touchdown.  Around that time, a cannon goes off as it always does after a Rutgers TD, Extra Point, or Field Goal.  This cannon is a fixture at all RU home games.  It's a tradition.  It's a sign of Rutgers Football pride.  Everyone living within 5 miles of the stadium could hear it at their homes during games.  And now, IT'S GONE!?

Rutgers expanded the stadium by 11,000 seats.  And now, the small, grassy hill by the opponents sideline, where the cannon once laid, is a bunch of newly added seats.  Since when does the addition of seats in a stadium override tradition?!?! What will the RU crowd look forward to after a score to get them riled up?

RU is giving up a main part of the Scarlet Knight Football experience.  And what for, a few more seats in order to make some cash!?  This loss might not affect the win loss record, but it will be missed immensely.  The RU fight song is nice, and the R-U chant could be great, but nothing compares to the ear-popping sound after a Scarlet Knight score.  Don't get me wrong, I think it's great for Rutgers Stadium to expand and make  a home game tougher for the opponent, but don't take away the booming cannon.