Aggies recognized as No. 1 tailgating spot in college football
by Charlene Callaway '08
Texas A&M Football Show
When you come to Kyle Field to see the Aggies play, you’re not in College Station simply to witness a game.
That’s why they call them “football weekends”, and they’ve become full-on events—some fans equate them to family reunions.
No one does football in the fall quite like the Southeastern Conference, and perhaps it’s the Aggies that do it better than the rest in our new league.
Texas A&M’s unique traditions and strong values, along with its competitive aptitude on the field, make the Aggies a perfect fit in the SEC.
In the colorful conference, A&M has embraced its new brethren and all of their traditions, one of those being the most high-profile tailgating conference in the country.
You hear stories of Ole Miss and The Grove, but nothing compares to Aggieland and a real Texas Tailgate on game day.
- Aggie tailgater
From Spence Park to the Reed Arena Parking Lot, the Texas A&M campus becomes a sea of barbeque and cold beverages.
“Spence Park, you come at noon (on Fridays) and get your spot,” one tailgater said. “We have fantastic food, new people come every single time, and we have a great time here.”
“We remodeled a 1996 Chevy school bus,” another shows us. “This is our rolling beverage center.”
“We have a lot of friends that come in now, but we make new friends at every tailgate,” still another said.
The 12th Man’s spirit and dedication has caught the attention of editors at Tailgater Magazine, who’ve declared Aggie fans the No. 1 tailgaters in all of college football. Seven other SEC schools join the list, but none could beat the passion of the 12th Man.
The menu usually consists of Texas-style BBQ, usually a family secret, and Texas specialty sides like stuffed quail, sausage, and guacamole. Meals are always served with a side of Texas A&M’s southern hospitality.
“Oh man, it’s so much fun,” one Aggie told us. “It’s what I live for in the fall. It gets me through every week. Great fun, great people.
“We are all Aggies through and through. We love the 12th Man. We’re all 12th Man supporters and here to cheer on the Aggies every home game.”
It’s likely because of these people that USA Today named Kyle Field on of the top college football stadiums in America. An estimated 100,000 fans come out on an average game day, and while Kyle Field is selling out, there is usually a warm seat, a smile and a cold beverage waiting at a tailgate for fans at the No. 1 tailgater spot in the nation.
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