Cool mornings and crisp evenings. Nice breeze in the air. Green grass, fall multi-colored leaves in the southern oak trees, and the smell of beer, bourbon, burgers, and barbecue surrounds us. Young collegiates in love (or at least like), families with little boys in tiny replica jerseys and little girls in tiny replica cheerleading uniforms, and everyone who likes a good time is invited. Grown men with radio broadcasts on headsets (because watching it live and in person isn't quite enough), decorated RVs with big screen TVs streaming games all day, and the occasional first-timer... jaw agape, taking it all in.
I was one of the lucky ones. I got to to witness this glory every other weekend (or so) for four fall seasons in a row as a student, with a cheap ticket in an amazing seat. Those were the days.
If you are a grown adult with a family or at least a job that offers a 401k, this is what you need to know (if you're an SEC football tailgate first-timer about to witness the good stuff):
Let's take a deeper dive into each one of these tips:
Now that you know what to bring and have some idea of what to expect, please remember to inhale a few deep breaths of that bourbon-infused fresh air and take in the atmosphere.
Look at all the young couples in love, families having fun, and older college friends reuniting for a Saturday tradition. Listen to the drumline of the band, watch the dance team and cheerleaders shake their hips, and feel the excitement in the thousands of people walking the same direction at the same time to witness a good old-fashioned football game. There are a few other ways I like to spend my Saturdays, but this may be #1. Enjoy, my friend.