Heard in the Hall
What’s a Stinger?
Have you ever been to a Concordia Stingers game? If not, what do you think could be done to make you more interested in supporting the university’s sports teams?
“No. Never. If it is football, normally Chinese people don’t know football very well. We don’t even know the rules […] Maybe we could go there as a group, maybe it could be more fun.
[Maybe the Chinese Student Association could] make a rugby or football fan team
[Otherwise] we go there alone and we don’t even know the rules, we don’t know what to talk about. So, this game just seems not interesting for us.”
“No—but, I am going for the first time on the 24th. I have lots of friends that are going, so I’m going too. I [follow the Stingers] on Twitter.
Sometimes, if you don’t know anyone at Concordia […] maybe you’d want to go [to the games] and meet some people. If it was possible to organize something for people who want to socialize and to meet the players, that would be good!”
“No. Never. [They should give fans the opportunity] to meet the team.
I think what makes me go to sports games is when you know the people who play there—because I go to [Université de Montréal] games, I have a friend who plays for their soccer team and I support the UdeM team.”
“No, I haven’t been. First of all, I have never been informed about any games or any other events for Concordia teams. I have never seen or found any poster in the buildings, either here [downtown] or at the Loyola campus.
From my experience and in my country—I am from Greece—during the game, you are not speaking. You are focusing on the game […] But very often in Greece, before a game, friends gather in bars or restaurants and eat together and discuss and then they go together to the game […]
It would be nice of [the Stingers] to organize sports clubs for the fans […] I think it would be good to have a club to organize and arrange events […] In my opinion during a game, you can gather. It is a social event. [The Stingers sports game are] more like, strictly a game.”