For many people, tailgating is more than an experience—it’s a lifestyle. The tailgaters at each football school bring their own twists and oomph to the atmosphere and while each tailgate is perfect in its own way, some do receive more notice than others. Below are five of our favorite college pre-game festivities.
1. Ole Miss Rebels
At the University of Mississippi, the tailgate starts early—on Friday, as folks converge on The Grove. Fans enjoy lots of brews and food from approved vendors for a white tablecloth shindig, and the party gets better and better by the hour. You can even download an app to get maximum tailgate info.
2. Indiana Hoosiers
As long as you love Indiana University football, you’re good here. These tailgates are inclusive, bringing together virtually everyone from the Hoosier community. Lots of good food, great company and a crazy unreal turnout. What more could you want?
3. Texas A&M Aggies
Aggies fans warm up their vocal cords the night before the game with the Midnight Yell. Go and you could find yourself surrounded by as many as 50,000 of the faithful. It’s a great way to find camaraderie and to reconnect with old friends.
4. Tennessee Volunteers
Want something different from the traditional car tailgate? How about a boat tailgate? Check out a unique aspect of the Vols’ tailgates by hopping on one of the boats dotting the Tennessee River. You might love the environs so much you decide to stay on the water during the game. Never fear, you’ll be able to hear the cheers and roars from the stadium just fine. (Some other schools, such as the University of Washington, offer similar “sailgate” experiences.)
5. Wisconsin Badgers
It can get darn cold in Madison, but that doesn’t stop the fans. Some hardy souls even strip off their shirts to show off their school spirit. If you like downtowns, you may particularly enjoy Wisconsin’s tailgate. The stadium is in the heart of Madison, so you have the opportunity to bar hop and see the sights along with having the tailgate of your life.