Under the Stadium: How the locker room is a part of football team culture

Q&A with junior quarterback Lukas Hews on the stadium locker room and team bonding

Yesenia Rosas, Staff Writer

Would you say the stadium locker rooms are a place of bonding for the team?

It definitely adds to the team when you have everybody in one room.

How would you describe the physical locker rooms?

I like it. It’s worse for the freshman and JV kids that get the worst lockers but the varsity guys get the best ones. Ours is definitely better because all the lockers are facing each other so it’s not just three or four guys talking to each other… it’s a whole team thing.

What would I see if I walked in during halftime?

It would depend on how the game was going for sure. We may be more on the side of trying to prepare and change what we’re doing to do better.

How is the locker room different during practices compared to games?

Before games and before practices are definitely two different atmospheres. Before practices, we are much more relaxed and talking with each other and we sometimes get there early and just talk to each other and bond with the team a little.

Are there any problems with people getting in the locker rooms?

No, no kids ever actually get into the locker rooms. Sometimes the kids will line up or across us for high fives or just to see the players… It’s cool to see the next generation of West Albany football players.

Are there any traditions between the team?

After a big win, we always celebrate with a “Party in the USA” [by Miley Cyrus].

Are there any traditions you would like the next generations to keep?

Oh, I definitely would love to keep the “Party in the USA” tradition going. That is something I want to keep alive.