It is a sea of tens of thousands of people, eating, drinking, cooking,
smoking, laughing, singing, and dancing. It is throwing a football,
predicting the outcome, talking with the opposing school’s fans,
posing for pictures, getting paws painted on your face, waiting in line
for the port-a-potty, catching up with old friends, arguing with current
friends, and meeting new friends. It is planning road trips, flying
flags to show school spirit, praying, hoping it doesn’t rain,
staying dry if it does. It is watching the Blue Band march in, avoiding
the sun in summer, and seeking it futilely in winter, looking for tickets,
looking to get rid of tickets, saying “I remember when…”,
and hoping it doesn’t have to end in November. It is, and We Are
Penn State Tailgating.
Six times a year, the small
University town of State College, PA (pop. approx. 70,000) turns into
one of the best atmospheres for a sporting exhibition in the country.
Fans and tailgaters of all ages, races, religions, and backgrounds come
together through bumper to bumper traffic for one thing; Penn State
Football. Out of this football atmosphere grew the art of tailgating.
The history of the PennStateTailgate.com-ers
is very distinguished. Our tailgate, like many, started to form in 1996
with a group of PSU students and friends who had tailgated throughout
their college career, and wanted to become regulars. It started with
a few people visiting our friend’s mom on game day, some cold
food, the occasional hibachi, and a set of 4, red canvas Coleman stools
to sit on. Officially started in the fall of 1997, today, we all have
comfortable chairs with arms, three canopies, a steam table full of
great recipes, two grills, and too many coolers and people to count.
We are a group of people dedicated to one thing, and one thing only;
FUN. For some in our group it is all about the football. For some it
is all about the eating, but for most it is about both. Penn State Football
is after all about more than JoePa. It’s something that some fans
are more loyal to than anything in the world. It is Penn State Tailgating.
Across the country, there are countless groups like ours who have been
tailgating for 20, 30, 50 years at Penn State and hundreds of other
sporting events across the country. It is a lifestyle.
Here is what you need to
create your own tailgate party for your favorite event:
A good parking space:
While we prefer the IM lot (see directions) PSU is famous for parking
its fans in fields where the animals roam during the week. While there
is no best place to park for the average fan it is important to get
up early and get a space that makes you feel comfortable, no matter
what event you are attending.
next to football, is the reason many people tailgate. Some do cold cuts,
some grill steaks, some prefer the…umm…purely liquid diet.
Whatever your preference we have compiled some recipes
that have become favorites of the PennStateTailgate.com-ers and our
guests. Find the ones you like and email
me any of your favorites to be added to the list.
Pick what you enjoy. While most prefer beer, you can be creative, with
Mimosas and Irish coffee in the morning, and Captain Morgan to cap the
evening. If you prefer the non-alcoholic beverage pick your favorite
Steam Table (available at Party Stores, and invaluable to keeping your
favorite casseroles and other dishes hot)
Flags to show your spirit
Anything else to bring the spirit of the day to your group!