As an undergraduate at Penn State, Miranda Kulp knows college football. There aren’t many other cities that treat game day like a national holiday like State College does. For Elite Daily, Kulp rounded up five schools with fans that love tailgating as much, if not more, than they love watching the game.
1 University of Texas: Football is a way of life in Texas, so it shouldn’t be surprising that they take tailgating just as seriously.
2 University of Wisconsin: Badgers don’t limit tailgating to the Camp Randall Stadium parking lot. In Madison, downtown bars such as The Red Zone, Lucky’s and Jordan’s Big 10 Pub are known as the best places to watch the game on the big screen.
3 Notre Dame: Most people know Notre Dame as the home of “Touchdown Jesus.” The school should also be known for its tailgates—the perfect combination of die-hard fans, historic traditions and game day rituals.
4 Penn State: Kulp would be remiss to not include Penn State on her list. On game day, Happy Valley fills with so many students, alumni and fans that it becomes the third most populated city in Pennsylvania.
5 University of Mississippi: The Grove is the legendary tailgating area at the center of the Ole Miss campus. Taking its name from trees surrounding the area, the Grove fills with thousands of Rebel tailgaters dressed in their Sunday best.