We asked some of these students to share their favorite memories, foods and tips to help newcomers make the most of this year’s tailgating experience. Enjoy their advice below, and if you haven’t purchased your tickets, visit acusports.com/tickets. The first home game is Sept. 8 against Angelo State University.
Ty Kelley / senior information technology major from San Antonio / Galaxy social director:
The most difficult part, he says, is the logistics. “Most people don’t realize how much work is involved in setting up a successful tailgate. We have to make sure we have guys to set up the tent, cook the food, spin the turntables and the worst part – tear it all down.”
His best advice: “Don’t forget your ray-bans. Oh yeah and have fun. You’re not in class, you’re not at work, you’re not with your parents, so have a good time. I think some freshmen are intimidated to socialize with social clubs, but that’s what tailgating is all about, socializing. Grab your bros and have a good time. Don’t miss out because before you know it, you’ll be a senior like me.”
“The most enjoyable part of tailgating is being able to walk around to the various tents and being able to eat and fellowship with friends,” Sarah says.
The most difficult part, she says, is keeping people from going to the stadium before the tailgate is over. “You can have amazing food, great decor and awesome music, but if you don’t have members there that are pumped and enjoying themselves your tailgate atmosphere will fall flat.”
Sarah’s advice to tailgate newcomers is to enjoy the people and food. “Don’t be afraid to walk around and talk to different student organizations and social clubs. You’ll get to meet some super nice Wildcats and enjoy free food.”
Zach Pendleton / senior finance major from Austin / Gamma Sigma Phi service activity coordinator:
He believes the best tailgating food is brisket, which Gammas serve at their tent. They start cooking the night before, and it takes people helping all through the night to keep the smoker going.
“The most important thing to remember is who we represent,” he adds. “People are always watching, but thankfully we can all be ourselves and enjoy each other.”
Zach encourages incoming students to interact with people from all the different clubs. “Don’t feel scared by the mass number of people. We all want to have the opportunity to build friendships. Tailgating is a great way to initiate that.”
Matthew Williams / senior computer science and physics major from San Antonio / Frater Sodalis vice president:
Because Frats are known for the “greatest quesadillas you ever did see,” Matthew says it’s important to make sure you always bring extra food. “Take a nice fresh tortilla, throw on a whole heap of cheese, a little of our secret ingredient, and throw it on the grill. Always a crowd-pleaser.”
Kelsay Heath / junior communication major from Fruita, Colorado / Delta Theta social director:
The hardest part, she says, is sticking to one tent, but her advice is to avoid doing that. “Don’t get stuck at one place; make sure you venture out.”
Megan Mallary / senior nursing major from Seabrook / Tri Kappa Gamma tailgate director:
Megan says her favorite tailgating food is hot dogs, but she loves her social club’s plan for this year. “We are going to have different food items that match with the overall themes of our tailgates, such as popsicles, watermelon, walking tacos and TKG’s signature pink thumbprint cookies.”
“Tailgates are a wonderful opportunity to preview and get to know different organizations and clubs on campus,” she adds.
About Wildcat Country Tailgating
Wildcat Country is the official tailgate for Gameday, sponsored by United Supermarkets. At Wildcat Country, fans can set up tents throughout the Campus Mall. Bring your own food or purchase items from available food trucks. United will have sample-sized food on hand as well as games with prizes presented by various sponsors of ACU Athletics. Visit this link to get a printable copy of tailgating rules and to review the ACU Wildcat Football Fan Guide.