Tailgaters Prepare for Gameday

By: Natasha Sweatte Email
By: Natasha Sweatte Email

As soon as the clock struck noon Friday, anxious tailgaters rolled into the west side of campus to officially declare their spot.

Mike Maas is one of the many tailgaters in town. He represents 3 generations of Aggie pride. "We've been waiting about a year for this; it's probably the most anticipated game in Kyle Field history," said Maas.

Maas isn't exaggerating. Anyone who knows anything about College Football knows that Saturday's game is expected to be one of the biggest games of the season. Alabama Crimson Tide is ranked #1 and the Aggies are ranked #6. Since the Aggies beat the defending BCS National Champions last season, the competitive spirit is high on both ends.

Dan Parrish played college football and graduated from TAMU in 1970.
"When I was here, we didn't win many games," said Parrish; "so we're just glad to be in the SEC."

The magnitude of the game closely resembles how some fans plan on celebrating.

"We kind of lost our minds a little bit," confessed Maas. He estimated having around 2,220 sq ft. of a covered area to serve roughly 200 people. "We have two cargo size trailers that we have storage in and we have two 40" LCDs."

Kenny Priesmeyer also had his trailers loaded up, ready to party. "We have 2 big trailers," said Priesmeyer. "We probably have about 300 people coming to tailgate."

Some Aggie fans had a more simple approach in mind. All across Spencer Park, tents were being set up all afternoon.

We met Aggies from many generations. Meghan Johnson is a TAMU Freshman. Although she's been tailgating with her family since she can remember, this year has brought on a whole new meaning.

"It means a lot more," said Johnson. "I didn't think it would but coming here and being a part of the student body; but tailgating here is unbelievable."

Aalli Buttner is also a TAMU Freshman, but grew up with a completely different background than Johnson. Buttner was raised as an LSU fan and said she's surprised just how much her Aggie spirit has grown.

"I'm still obviously hating on Bama because I'm a part of A&M now," joked Buttner. "I didn't think I'd form an allegiance with them; it feels like it's my home now."

Regardless of background, all Aggie fans are looking forward to Game day.

"I also suffer from Aggie syndrome," joked Kevin Seeber. "It's been a long road; I think we finally have a chance to really prove ourselves."

Priesmeyer said he was confident with Saturday's outcome. "I know the Aggies will pull it out and send Bama back home with a second loss."

University officials warn that there will be limited cell phone service Saturday, especially where people are tailgating. Officials recommend texting as a primary source of communication.

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