Are you a terrier or an eagle? A king husky or a gargantuan elephant called Jumbo? For many Bostonians, team spirit is about more than just the Red Sox.
The 100-odd colleges and universities of Boston bring in more than just students. Thousands of annual visitors, both alumni and sports fans, come back to celebrate their college’s sporting prowess.
College life suffuses everything in the city. On my third day in town, I head over to visit the Commonwealth Hotel near Fenway Park. Once owned by Boston University, the hotel has since come under the ownership of a private group: but the sense of school spirit prevails.
My host, Carly, shows me one of the hotel’s most popular suites. “Alums are always coming back to this one,” she grins.
It’s the Boston University “Terrier” suite, designed in large part for returning graduates eager to relive their glory days. Here, the drawers look like sports lockers and iterations of the BU terrier mascot abound. On the wall, a copy of Boston University News celebrates a football victory. The bedspread has the Boston University colors of red and white with a terrier insignia in silhouette. A stuffed terrier – the school’s mascot – sits in the corner.
“What can I say?” Carly shrugs. “People love to come back.”