Everyone thinks they understand tailgating. But do you understand McDaniel tailgating? As one of the last bowl shaped stadiums on the east coast, McDaniel tailgating is unique. Students, parents, alumni, and the community gather for not only football games, but for field hockey and lacrosse games too. Everyone fights for a prime position to park their car, set up their tent, and cookout. Organizations and Greek life paint their symbols and letters on the field to denote their specified areas. All of the fans in McDaniel gear wander from area to area, playing corn hole and sharing on the good times. The best are the Saturdays when almost all fall sports teams have home games. You can wander from facility to facility cheering on the McDaniel student-athletes, enjoying the weather.
The experience is definitely something that you need to see for yourself. If a school with just 1,700 undergraduates can draw crowds of up to 12,000, we must be doing something right. We were also voted by the Weather Channel as the number 6 tailgating school in the nation – a list mainly made up of all large southern state schools. A new stadium is going to be completed and dedicated in time for homecoming on November 3 and will feature concessions, bathrooms, and training facilities inside.
Unfortunately, the football team only has four games this year, so plan your visits accordingly! You definitely don’t want to miss tailgating on the Hill!