The lights shone bright on the field as the crowd roared as each player of the men’s and women’s teams was announced Nov. 2 at California Baptist University’s annual intramural flag football championship, Fortuna Bowl.
Fortuna Bowl is paired with CBU’s Homecoming weekend in which booths from each department of the school are represented during the daytime for family, friends and Riverside locals to come and get a glimpse into what CBU has to offer.
The university also offers an assortment of games, mechanical bull riding, rock climbing wall and a variety of food trucks to keep the eager crowds entertained all throughout the day.
Since CBU does not have a football team of its own, the university uses intramural football as an opportunity to go all-out and provide the student body and community a chance to experience what a real college football game is like.
With cheerleaders lining the sidelines, announcers giving the play-by-play, the field painted as if it were an actual football field, large bleachers filled with screaming fans and bright lights shining down upon the scene, the players feel as though they are playing in an intramural football game.
Jared Prins, junior health administration major, said the experience of playing in the Fortuna Bowl was epic.
“The strategy was that we had no strategy,” Prins said. “We put on jean shorts and played the Webelo way and just had fun.”
The night ended with the Bus Drivers taking the title once again as the women’s Fortuna Bowl Champions, continuing their dynasty of women’s intramural football.
Stealth pulled out a close win in quadruple overtime.
Kenny Woolfolk, junior communications major and member of team Stealth said, “It was an honor to win; many people go their entire CBU career without being able to be in the Fortuna Bowl.”
As the CBU tradition continues each year the event itself increases in popularity on the CBU campus and in Riverside as well.