Stadium grounds light up this time of year when tricked-out trucks and RVs roll up to form a strategic maze littered with <a title="Outdoor Cooking" href="http://www.atgstores.com/outdoor-cooking_860.html" target="_blank">BBQs</a>, beverage <a title="Buffet Tables" href="http://www.atgstores.com/folding-tables_1186.html" target="_blank">buffets</a>, <a title="Team Flags" href="http://www.atgstores.com/the-party-animal-flags_1171_m12239.html" target="_blank">flags</a> and <a title="Folding Chairs" href="http://www.atgstores.com/outdoor-folding-chairs_2093.html" target="_blank">folding chairs</a> that season ticket holders must navigate methodically.
Over the years, the pregame parking-lot party, splattered in school colors, has spun into an occasion of its own. It’s a haven for reliving past glory days and honoring one’s beloved alma mater. Across the country, alums continue to stoke the fire of tradition, some literally, and as it turns out, tailgating adventures vary from school to school.
We’d like to salute your team spirit and take a moment to marvel at the folks who don’t mess around come Game Day.
<strong>University of Washington:</strong> In Seattle, the best tailgating takes place on Lake Washington, where boaters gather in Husky Harbor (adorably named after their mascot), located adjacent to the stadium. ‘Sailgating’ is also a popular pastime at the University of Tennessee, in Knoxville, where boats parade downriver prior to kickoff.
<strong>University of Mississippi:</strong> Despite it being Saturday, folks here dress in Sunday’s best and aim to be the sharpest-looking crowd in the SEC. But you won’t find a tailgate among them, as Ole Miss fans gather in The Grove; a decked-out tent city that dons chandeliers, flower bouquets and even candelabras prior to football games.
<strong>Florida State University:</strong> When the University of Florida plays the Seminoles in Tallahassee, FSU tailgaters fancy an alligator feast in honor of their rival’s mascot, the Gator. Yes, I declined to say tailgaters enjoy gator tail. Oops, I guess I just did.
<strong>University of Nebraska:</strong> This is where tailgating untangles itself from the typical tradition of a DIY <a title="Picnic Supplies" href="http://www.atgstores.com/picnic-supplies_1350.html?linkLoc=newSearchRedirect" target="_blank">picnic</a> as you’ll find the pre-party taking place in the bars that surround Lincoln’s downtown football stadium.
<strong>University of Alabama:</strong> Want to tailgate like you’re in Vegas? You get the green light to take your drink with you here thanks to University Strip and its line of “To Go” bars that enjoy freedom from uptight open-container laws in fun-loving Tuscaloosa.
<strong>University of South Carolina:</strong> Perhaps the most coveted tailgate party of all takes place down on the tracks in Gamecock territory. Twenty-two railroad cars welded together, each fully loaded with flat-screen TVs, kitchenettes, bathrooms and rooftop decks make up this plush tailgate paradise that has been coined “Cockaboose.” Each caboose is individually owned and if you’re interested, one is currently on the market for a measly $299,000.
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