Tailgating 101

Advice for enjoying game days

<p>Senior marketing major Brad Freidburger plays &quot;beersbee&quot; before the football game against Colgate University on Aug. 30, 2014 at the tailgate. The Scheumann Stadium overflow lot and the lawn of the Alumni Center are popular spots for tailgaters. <strong>Alaina Jaye Halsey, DN</strong></p>

Senior marketing major Brad Freidburger plays "beersbee" before the football game against Colgate University on Aug. 30, 2014 at the tailgate. The Scheumann Stadium overflow lot and the lawn of the Alumni Center are popular spots for tailgaters. Alaina Jaye Halsey, DN

With six home football games scheduled at Scheumann Stadium this fall, Ball State Football will be ready to welcome fans back to the stands and students will have multiple opportunities to enjoy food and games before kickoff. Here’s some tips to enjoy tailgating:

Know where to go

It’s easy to get lost in the grounds surrounding Scheumann Stadium, so be sure you know where you’re going if you want to tailgate. Charlie Town, on the west lawn of the Alumni Center, typically has outdoor games for students and families, as well as food and beer for sale.

Some groups, such as churches, campus clubs and fraternities, tailgate in the Northside Middle School parking lot or the lawn spaces behind Scheumann Stadium.

Go with friends

Encourage your new friends or classmates to go with you to the football game and stick together with that group. Find the tent playing the best music and jam out together or walk around to hunt for the best food. Don’t forget to introduce yourself to new people and make new friends.

Wear your Cardinal pride gear

Almost every Cardinal fan in Scheumann Stadium will be wearing Ball State merch, so go all out with your shirt, hat, shorts and sunglasses. Some fans also wear face paint or temporary tattoos. Whatever you decide to wear, make sure you’re sporting at least one thing that’s cardinal red or white.

Plan Ahead

Know when and where you are meeting your tailgating group and who is driving to the stadium. If you’re taking a Ball State shuttle, be prepared for a crowded bus. Jump on an early shuttle if you can because the number of passengers will only grow as the time gets closer to kickoff.

Arrive early

Tailgating lots open three hours before games start, so large groups will be setting up tents in the early afternoon. Coming early to Scheumann Stadium will allow you and your friends to enjoy the activities with plenty of time before the game.

Be smart

Many tailgaters will continue partying after the game starts, but remember the reason tailgating exists is to support the team. Remember to save energy to cheer on the Cardinals and don’t party too much before kickoff. Stay healthy and hydrated and keep your friends safe so you can all enjoy game day.

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