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 plenty of opportunities to enjoy food and games before kickoff. Before you hit the field, consider these tips to have a great tailgate.
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.
Show your pride
Almost every Cardinal fan in Scheumann Stadium will be wearing Ball State merch. Be sure to bring your BSU shirt, hat, shorts and/or sunglasses to match everyone’s energy. Some fans will even go the extra step with face paint or temporary tattoos.
Know where to go
The grounds surrounding Scheumann Stadium are large and can be a bit intimidating at first. Charlie Town is located on the west lawn of the Alumni Center and has outdoor games, food and beer for sale for students, families and alumni. Directly across the street in Bethel Recreation Fields the majority of students and families will park their tailgate cars and set up tents. Tailgates can also happen throughout the surrounding parking lots wherever you and your group want to park and have a fun time before kickoff.
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.
Tailgating lots open three hours before games start, so large groups will be setting up tents in the early morning and afternoons depending on game time. Coming early to Scheumann Stadium will allow you and your friends to enjoy the activities with plenty of time before the game starts.
Many tailgaters will continue partying after the game starts, but remember the reason tailgating exists is to support the team. Make sure you save some energy to cheer on the Cardinals during the game. Stay healthy and hydrated and keep your friends safe so you can all enjoy game day.