One of the greatest sports traditions that take place today actually happens before the game. Tailgating is a chance to relax, get pumped for the big game, and for many people, is part of what it means to be a sports fan.
Some students have decided to bring this great tradition to MC. Senior Tyler McDonough was one of the students who first started these tail gating parties.
“At the end of school the parking lot would take like ten minutes to get out of so we would just get some chairs and hang out. The day of the football game we were planning on just hanging out but then we decided to get a caterer,” McDonough said.
Senior Danika Lau is another student who participates in the tailgating parties.
“There are some guys that bring their trucks and three or four cars park together. We bring a bunch of chairs and fill up some parking spaces. We get food and just hang out before the game,” Lau said.
“Most of the people showing up are seniors but a lot of them are also some other juniors that hang out with us,” Lau said.
These Tailgating parties have become large enough that the students are getting caterers.
“One of the students, Kevin Macaraeg, got L&L Barbeque because he works there. Next week we plan on getting Jersey Mikes,” McDonough said.
Currently the students are only holding these tailgating parties at football games.
“We hope to do more than just football games but right now it’s the big thing. Because of that we’re just going to stick to football games for now,” McDonough said.
So what do the students hope to get out of these tailgating parties?
“The reason why we do this is to get good Sundevil spirit, especially for the freshman. We want to get a good impact and show everyone what the Sundevil spirit really means,” McDonough said.
The next tailgating party will be this Friday September, 13.
“When people go to the football game they can’t miss it, with the big tents and cars there and all the Sundevil spirit. People just see the mood and hopefully want take part in it. I hope we get a good turn out,” McDonough said.