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    • #12842

      I love going to swim meets. I love getting wasted. I love grilled veggie burgers (I’m phase 4 vegan, if it casts a shadow, I won’t eat it). But feel free to insert pig or cow if you don’t share my worldview.

      So why can’t I combine these three pasions and tailgate before swim meets? Why am I forced to pre-party miles away at a bar whose patrons don’t know Nelson Westby from Nelson Mandela? Or worse yet, think Kenyon is a country in Africa?

      Here are a few reasons I’ve come up with. Feel free to add your own, or just post your own tailgating stories, frustrations, or alternatives.

      The Dry Campus – Does the dry campus stop me from bringing a flask into a swim meet? Usually not. But does it stop me from sitting outside the Lund Center with a cooler full of Malibu and my favorite “Skylar, I’m Your Father” sign? Yep.

      Campus Parking – It’s hard to park a Nissan on campus. Try emptying your RV’s septic tank in the Gold Lot without getting a hefty fine.

      The Wet Campus – Even campuses that aren’t dry won’t be serving beer at a D3 swim meet. This isn’t basketball.

    • #41083

      I was asked to remove a Marlboro sign from nationals several years ago, so I doubt the NCAA will ever allow the concession stands to sell Dew-Drivers, let alone Pabst.

      Some tailgating tips I’ve picked up through the years.

      Dress appropriately – It is cold outside, but super hot and humid inside. So layer up with a nice gortex jacket. Then make sure you can drop down to a wife-beater and umbros once inside the meet. Try not to creep out the parents in your section though… remember you are a former swimmer, not a creepy stalker, act like one.

      If you are person who needs a drink to make it through diving – Vodka goes with everything… Especially McDonalds Orange Drink.

      15 Minute Parking – 15 Minutes is just a suggestion. If you park there for 3 hours, what are they gonna do, not let you graduate?

      Overall scene – Try and break out the Greenman costume once and a while. Never hurts.

    • #41084
      babwik
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      My friend’s dad had the timing of meets down to a science, and made diving runs to the closest pub. He never missed an event, and he never saw a dive. Always had a lot of respect for that.

      I had several friends come to a meet when I swam at their school come to a meet COMPLETELY hammered. They woke up from a tough night of drinking and started the day with several shots, then headed to the meet. There were only about 25 people in the stands, so it was pretty obvious. Good times.

      Pretty sure you are not allowed to serve alcohol at any on-campus NCAA events, including D1 football and basketball, with the Syracuse Carrier Dome being the only exception. When teams play off-campus like MSG or something I think anything goes.

    • #41085

      @babwik wrote:

      Pretty sure you are not allowed to serve alcohol at any on-campus NCAA events, including D1 football and basketball …

      This has been my experience. Even the MN Gopher games, which are held off of campus, are dry.

    • #41086

      @Rustie Gustie wrote:

      @babwik wrote:

      Pretty sure you are not allowed to serve alcohol at any on-campus NCAA events, including D1 football and basketball …

      This has been my experience. Even the MN Gopher games, which are held off of campus, are dry.

      This is not totally true. I think the rule is that you can’t “sell.” At Minnesota Hockey games (on campus), if you have a Gold Club level ticket, you get free beer and wine.

      I think at football games (off campus), you get free beer in luxury suites… can’t confirm that though.

      At basketball games, they have free beer before the game and at halftime in the club room.

      The main thing is you can’t sell beer, and you have to be separated from regular seating.

      The Minnesota Aquatic Center does not have any beer that I know of… Although there are rumors about them turning the portable hot tub near the diving well into a NSA (No Strings Attached) swingers club with free Bartles and James.

    • #41087
      babwik
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      I obviously have never had the VIP experiences Chapel Partner speaks of. Always the cheap seats for me. Thanks for a peek inside the world of the rich and famous!

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      @babwik wrote:

      I obviously have never had the VIP experiences Chapel Partner speaks of. Always the cheap seats for me. Thanks for a peek inside the world of the rich and famous!

      With the right color pen/marker, decent penmanship, and a slight smudge of the finger, you too can live the high life.

    • #41089

      Now that you are no longer in advertising getting comps, you can join the rest of us in the cheap seats, Chapel.

      @Chapel Partner wrote:

      @babwik wrote:

      I obviously have never had the VIP experiences Chapel Partner speaks of. Always the cheap seats for me. Thanks for a peek inside the world of the rich and famous!

      With the right color pen/marker, decent penmanship, and a slight smudge of the finger, you too can live the high life.

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