Penn State Tailgates: A Guide For Beginners

Penn State Tailgates: A Guide For Beginners

I only tailgate with the best.


I am not a Penn Stater myself, but after going to 4 Penn State tailgates I think I've gathered enough knowledge about the art of tailgating. Here are some tips if you're ever a newbie to PSU tailgating like I was:

1. Know the weather. And know the weather will change. 

Emily Skane

Penn State weather is completely unpredictable. It could say all week that it's going to rain and be cold and turn out to be clear skies and sunny. Wear versatile clothing and be ready for whatever Mother Nature throws at you.

2. Bring food

Emily Skane

Bring food with you to tailgate or you'll end up feeling like that skeleton, especially if it's a late game. Worse comes to worst, there will be plenty of Penn State moms around the tailgating fields just waiting to feed you, but it's always better to have your own snacks.

3. Comfortable shoes matter

Emily Skane

Save your six-inch heels for the club. Do not wear uncomfortable shoes to tailgate and especially to the game, no matter how cute they are. Comfy yet cute shoes like Vans, Converse, and sneakers are the way to go. Your feet will be sore either way but at least with comfortable shoes, they'll hurt less.

4. Don't overdo it on the tailgating

Emily Skane

Tailgating is a time to have fun and enjoy yourself before the game but know your limits. Watch out for that one friend that can get a little too wild. You don't want to miss the game so look out for your friends and make sure everyone is being safe.

5. Bring your A-team

Emily Skane

A tailgate isn't fun without your friends. Bring cornhole, a speaker, and some good friends and you'll be set for an awesome tailgate.

Penn State tailgates are legendary. I'm sure everyone has heard some pretty wild stories from a friend about a Penn State tailgate and it can be a little overwhelming the first time you tailgate yourself. Hopefully, this quick beginners guide is enough to get you through you're first tailgate a little more prepared.

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16 Reasons To Look Forward To K-State Football

College football is right around the corner and there's so many reasons to get excited- especially for the K-State Wildcats!!


The Cats are only a few more weeks away from taking the field again at Bill Snyder Family Stadium. There are so many memories and traditions formed in Manhattan Kansas and they can all be seen in this fun and family environment. Purple everywhere and Willie the Wildcat running around getting the sold-out stadium excited. I hope you are as ready as I am!

1. Purple Pride Everywhere.

We all know the greatest color in the world is purple... especially a sea of it flooding a whole town!

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5. Unbelievable touchdowns by Isiah Zuber

I get chills thinking about the talent on the Wildcat's field.

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Are there such things as strangers? You high-five anyone around you and you celebrate with anyone and everyone.

15. It's K-State football. Reason enough.

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Noon Kickoffs As Told By UGA Students

The bane of every SEC school's existence......... a dreaded noon kickoff.


Noon kickoffs are the worst. That is all. Enjoy in our misery.

7am: Wake up

I don't even wake up for class this early.

7:30am: Shower, do hair/makeup, and get dressed

There is NOTHING more enjoyable than putting a full face of makeup on at 7:30 in the morning. Brb, I'm crying a little.

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If you haven't succumbed to heat stroke yet, you'll be inside the stadium. 11am heat is the 10/10 the most uncomfortable heat a human being can experience BUT the only thing that makes it even slightly bearable is knowing you'll see the Dawgs literally crush and demolish whoever we play :)

12pm-4pm: GAME TIME

At this point, your soul has left your body in the form of sweat, makeup, and hair spray. Oh, and that top half of your cute, American Threads two piece? LITERALLY dripping in sweat.

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