The national college football season is in full swing, with stadiums boasting attendance in the six figures — and that’s just the fans who actually get into the stadium! For the rest, the game day doesn’t necessarily have to include tickets because there’s always a lot of beer, food and fun to be had while tailgating.
Tailgating is an American sporting pastime, and according to Tailgater Monthly , it's becoming “America’s fastest growing sport.” Perhaps calling tailgating a sport is a bit of a stretch, but when you think of all the calories burned trying to digest all the calories you’re taking in, you can see how it can really take some strength and endurance!
From beer pong to barbecue and banner marches to bratwurst-eating competitions, tailgating adds another dimension to college football game day. Let’s take a look at five of the best colleges for tailgating:
1. University of Wisconsin - Madison, Wisconsin
The land of cheese and beer goes all in for game day. The Badgers know how to party and do not make any apologizes for it. The event starts first thing in the morning with games of beer pong, and continue well after the last touchdown. At th University of Wisconsin at Madison, you can always find some bratwurst to be had with a great local beer.
2. Penn State - University Park, Pennsylvania
The Nittany Lions are one of the most storied teams of college sports, boasting the most wins in Big 10 college sports and the second-largest stadium in the Western Hemisphere, with a total seating of 107,282. To get the best seats in this very large house, a tent-city tradition has been honored for years by students looking for primo tickets. It is not known as the rowdiest of tailgating scenes, but it does offer a hometown feel that is unique.
3. Louisiana State University - Baton Rouge, Louisiana
The LSU Tigers’ tailgating scene has some of the most unique and regional food options available. The aromas of barbecued catfish and craw daddies, hot jambalaya and other Cajun delicacies fill the parking lot. With this being Louisiana, expect large numbers of eccentric characters and costumed fans. Most of the college’s home games are also played at night, adding another dimension to the party.
4. University of South California - Los Angeles, California
For a city that doesn’t have its own professional football team, the USC Trojans sure do make up for it. The diversity of Los Angeles brings out endless food and drink options, from burritos to burgers. And with it being so close to Hollywood, it's common to see celebrities come down to enjoy their own tailgating experiences.
5. Auburn University - Auburn, Alabama
The tigers of Auburn have a loyal fan base that camps out along the streets leading into town in the days leading up to game day. The school also has a tradition held over from the 1960s called "The Tiger Walk," where the players walk through the fan base to the stadium before the game. The atmosphere is known for its great food and Southern hospitality.
By Sarah Fudin -- she works in community relations for University of Southern California Rossier School of Education's online masters programs. USC Rossier Online teaches aspiring teachers how to become a teacher and provides the opportunity to earn a Masters of Education. Outside of work Sarah enjoys running, reading and Pinkberry frozen yogurt.
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