Its almost that time of year. The heat of summer is at its height and fall seems like it will never arrive. I can’t wait. Only 5 weeks left until the absolutely best time of year!
I am of course talking about COLLEGE FOOTBALL!!! I love college football. Some of my fondest memories at Wisconsin were Saturday game days. What I love even more than the games, is what happens before, during, and after the games! I am of course talking about tailgating! Tailgating is where two of my favorite things (sports and food) collide. Throw in taking pictures of tailgaters, then you have all my interests in one place! In celebration of college football season beginning again, I am going to recount what I saw during 14 of the most exciting weeks of my life.
By recount, I mean countdown. Here are my 5 favorite things about College Football Tailgating…
At number 5….
If you think its strange that a building would be one of my favorite parts of college football, then obviously you haven’t been to a college football stadium recently.
Outside the stadiums is where the majority of the tailgating takes place. But what makes college football stadiums so special? Their diversity. Some can be right in your back yard.
If you are a student at Wisconsin or Alabama, you can have a stadium right in your back yard! More importantly, on game day, you have made an additional 80,000+ new friends!
Or your stadium could be on the water like in Tennessee
This allows you to bring your tailgate onto a boat for boat or sailgating!
Does your stadium have a place to keep your pet tiger next door?
Well LSU does. Mike the Tiger has a gorgeous habitat right next door to Tiger Stadium. These are only a few of the things that make College football Stadiums great. In my mind the most impressive feature of college football stadiums are their size! The largest college stadiums dwarf pro stadiums. The best part is they are still growing and expanding! The top five are all over 100,000 in capacity! Of the 5 largest stadiums in the country I have been to
Alabama – Bryant-Denny Stadium
Ohio State-Ohio Stadium
Penn State-Beaver Stadium
1. Michigan Stadium
“The Big House” In Ann Arbor, is the largest stadium of them all, it is listed at holding 109,000, but has recorded a capacity of 113,000. It is a place that I must visit. I have seen some big stadiums, but until I have stood in front of the largest stadium in the country, I haven’t seen them all. Stadium size does influence the tailgating crowd, so if Michigan has the biggest stadium, will that be the best tailgating?
There is only one way to find out.
That’s right, you guessed it. I am headed out on another tailgating tour this fall! Last years tour brought me to 14 games in 14 weeks (13 were on the schedule. The ACC Championship game I will share with you soon). Here is this years line up!
Tailgate 2011 Schedule
Sept 3 Boise St @ UGA Atlanta, GA
Sept 10th Oregon St @ Wisconsin Madison, WI
Sept 17th Auburn @ Clemson Clemson, SC
Sept 24th LSU @ West Virginia Morgantown, WV
Oct 1st Alabama @ Florida Gainesville, FL
Oct 8th Central Mich @ NC State Raleigh, NC
Oct 15th Hampden Sydney@ Emory Henry Emory, VA
Oct 22 Samford @ Appalachian State Boone, NC
Oct 29 Miss St @ Kentucky Lexington, KY (Horse race tailgating also)
Nov 12th Miami @ FSU Tallahasse, FL
Nov 19th Nebraska @Michigan Ann Arbor, MI
Nov 26th Clemson @ USC Columbia, SC
In the coming weeks, I will continue my countdown of my 5 favorite things about college football as well as some announcements about what is in store for this season (there are some big things planned, so you will want to be sure to check them out)
If you will be at these games I would love to meet you and see how you tailgate! Send me an email
Hang in there football fans, it is almost the best time of the year!