If you are fortunate to go to a college that has a great football team, then you know that tailgating is more than a few people sitting in the back of a truck before the game; it’s a way of life.
Clemson tailgates are like no other! If we have a noon game, you better believe that people are out there at 7am grilling and blaring music. It was a total shock for me my freshman year to see the entire campus flooded with people tailgating. My high school wasn’t very good at football and the local colleges did not make a big deal about their games, so when girls got up at the crack of dawn to get ready to tailgate I was a little confused. The sea of purple and orange tents is amazing to see and the traffic is backed up for miles, yet no one seems to be mad about it because everyone is just happy to be there to see our tigers play!
Going to a tailgate that is hosted by someone’s parents or family definitely has its perks. First of all it is free! If it’s free I’m down! Also the food is usually the best here, so I recommend going during half time to get refueled for the second half. Normally they have lots of chairs and a sweet TV or radio system to listen to during half time as well. If you are looking for comfort and luxury, and can handle socializing with enthusiastic alumni then why not hit up the free food!
Fraternity tailgates are my favorite! Sometimes they are at their houses and sometimes they are on the Greek quad with their tent set up. Here at Clemson fraternity parties offer free alcohol, (if you are of age) loud music, and a great time! Many fraternities hire bands and when “Song of the South,” “Sweet Caroline,” or “God Bless America” comes on, everyone stops what they are doing to join the sing-a-long! Sometimes they even have a pig roast or are grilling burgers depending on the amount of people there.
Sometimes juniors and seniors will pitch in to buy a tailgating spot so that everyone has a place to congregate before and after games. This normally means that only the people that paid get to be there but if you are invited to stop by make sure to bring along some food or beer because it’s normally a potluck.
Don’t forget to bring a koozie, sunglasses, sunscreen, water (to stay hydrated), and your ticket!