Saturday morning at 7:00 a.m. the alarm begins to ring. I slowly turn over towards my phone to turn the alarm off. Inhale. Exhale. The covers get pushed to the side and I sit up with my feet now touching the floor. I walk to my closet to pull out my red game day dress and smile. It is Saturday in Athens and I get to witness the Bulldogs battle it out between the hedges.
After applying my makeup, perfecting my hair, and placing a small bulldog tattoo on my right cheek I take one last look at my game day outfit. With a happy heart, I put on my red dress. Stepping into my black shoes I reach for my black purse and head out the door.
The time is just a little after 8:00 a.m. I now sit in my 1999 Honda Accord and start the engine. Upon exiting the driveway I make my way to the University of Georgia campus. Driving into a parking deck next to the Ramsey Center I find a parking spot and begin walking to the nearest bus stop. On my walk to the bus stop I pass a fellow Georgia fan tailgating and shouting, “Go Dawgs!” with a Bloody Mary in hand.
As I step on to the bus I am in good company. The bus turns right down River Road. As I look to my left I see Lamar Dodd School of Art and to my right I see North Oconee River. We make a right onto East Campus Road and there it is-
Sanford Stadium in all its glory.
Everyone makes their way off the bus and disperse. Today my path takes me up to North Campus where I will meet up with friends to do a little tailgating before kickoff time at noon. Walking past the stadium, the journalism building, and the main library North Campus is suddenly within my site.
I now see dozens upon dozens of canopies with smoke rising in between each one. Each tailgate has a handful of Georgia fans with a beer in one hand and something grilled in the other. As I walk past several tailgates I hear fans discussing this seasons defensive tactics or who should really be calling the plays.
Upon arriving my friend’s tailgate, I am greeted with a smile, a hug, and a drink. Over the course of a few hours we consume delicious food and play corn hole.
My senses are on overdrive-
The amazing food.
The sea of red and black.
The Battle Hymn of the Republic.
The roar of Bulldog fans.
There is nothing that compares to tailgating at a University of Georgia football game.
Now it’s your turn! What was your tailgating experience like? Did you attend a university that has a good football team? Or was there a different sport that was the hot ticket on campus? Let me know in the comments below!