University of South Carolina
Home of the… Gamecocks
Ever tailgated in a train car? Lucky fans at the University of South Carolina can experience such a feat. The Cockaboose Railroad is comprised of 22 garnet cabooses fit with couches, TVs, bars, plumbing, and just about anything you’d need to throw a fancy tailgate. Each Cockaboose is privately owned so if you manage to snag an invitation to a tailgate party one fine gameday in Columbia, accept it. And in case you were wondering: no, these train cars don’t move!
University of Tennessee
Home of the… Volunteers
Why tailgate when you can sailgate? Fans of the Vols in Knoxville can experience tailgating right on the water with the Vol Navy. On a home gameday, up to 250 boats gather in the harbor by the stadium to enjoy their pregame fun offshore. Come for the party and stay for the instant warm welcome you’ll receive when you hop on board.
University of Florida vs. University of Georgia Game
Instead of rotating between Gainesville and Athens, Florida and Georgia meet at Everbank Field in Jacksonville every season. The result is a giant outdoor tailgate gathering known as The World’s Largest Cocktail Party. Thousands and thousands of Gators and Dawgs set up tents and trucks to pregame the big rivalry (and many don’t even purchase tickets to the actual game.)
Home of the… Tigers
Who said tailgating is reserved for pre-game only? At Death Valley in Clemson, fans can exit the game at halftime (or any time) and return to their seats using their original tickets. This allows fan to grab a fresh beverage or bite of Bojangles’ chicken at their cars before enjoying the rest of the game.
University of North Carolina
Chapel Hill, NC
Home of the… Tar Heels
Get up close and personal (for a split second, at least) with your favorite UNC players at the Bell Tower Walk. Coaches and players pull up to the Bell Tower to hand out high-fives before playing time. UNC’s band, The Marching Tar Heels, blasts spirited tunes to get fans amped up for the game. And if you’re looking for family fun, head over to Tar Heel Town at Polk Place for live music, food trucks, inflatables, giveaways, and plenty more fun.
The most universal (and best) tailgating tradition of them all? Ordering a Big Bo Box® full of chicken, biscuits, fixin’s, and tea. Find your nearest restaurant here.