Party, Party, Party

In this specific post I’m going to stray from the discussion of Oklahoma State “Athletics” attire and take a different approach. This post is going to be all about the Cowboy Faithful and what we decide to sport when we’re cheering on our beloved Pokes. As it is football season, I will point out some interesting facts about tailgating, pregaming and game time. What do we like to wear? Eat and drink? What activities do we enjoy leading up to the big event?

“Grove South”

I first would like to discuss the expansion of “tent city” in recent years. I began attending OSU football games in the mid-90’s, or as some would rather call, the Bob Simmons Era. I fondly remember the days when a mid-level donor family was able to park just across Hester Street (the road ran continuously from H.O.F. Ave. through the heart of campus) on the west side of Lewis Field and play parking lot football until game time. Sure, there were tailgaters, but it was mostly just that; groups of people with some lawn chairs and the occasional grill and small television set.

Now you can’t walk anywhere near the stadium without having to fight your way through hundreds of tented tailgates. Flat screens, satellites and massive smokers have replaced the more primitive tailgating supplies of old, and Cowboy fans aren’t looking back. The pregame activity has grown into such a fast-growing phenomenon that one can see resemblances between the parking lot south of the Architecture building and “The Grove”, the tailgate Mecca of the world, located in Oxford, Mississippi.

OSU tents, OSU chairs, OSU grills…pretty much anything and everything you can think of that you might need at the ultimate tailgate, you can find in orange and black these days. Crazed fans begin marking their territory as early as Tuesday during a game week, all in hopes to get prime tailgating position. Fraternities fly their flags high, guiding alumni to their tailgate like a lighthouse beacon in the dark, foggy night.

Sunday Best

I’ve noticed a trend sweeping across the Midwest, particularly in the Big 12. Many fans, especially students, are grasping a more SEC-style approach to the way they tailgate. From the clothes they wear to the activities they partake in, everything about Oklahoma State pregaming is becoming a little bit more Southern. One Ole Miss student claimed that football games are a social event and are grounds for dressing in your Sunday best. Cowboy students, particularly of the Greek persuasion, are growing more and more fond of this style of dress. Ladies are wearing orange and black dresses with cowboy boots; gentlemen in polos or even oxford dress shirts and ties.

Don’t worry; there are still plenty of hardcore fans that are willing to risk their skin to body paint. There are paddles reserved for those people on the very front row.

What to do?

So you went three days ago to find the perfect spot to set up your tent and you’ve picked out the perfect outfit for the game, what do you do now? Cowboy fans have come up with countless ways to pass the time before the big game, from grilling steaks to drinking beer to playing games. Some of these games are as simple as throwing a hacky sack into a hole. Simplicity is the name of the game when it comes to tailgating. It’s not so much the game you are playing as it is the experience you are having with fellow Cowboy fans.

So there it is… I hope that was insight enough for you to go out and enjoy the greatest season of the year: college football season. Happy tailgating everybody.

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8 Responses to “Party, Party, Party”

  1. Very, very fun blog post! It nicely ties back to “threads.” The photos are fantastic, and add a lot of spice. I love how you included the history and your personal connection. Keep up the good work!

  2. This blog was so informative. First there was history about tailgating and where it actually originated (The Grove). It also discussed how tailgating in Stillwater has evolved and has adopted more of an SEC tailgating style – more into what you wear and drink, rather than the game itself. Then the tailgating games are explained. Which games are best for tailgating, but then again it’s not about the game but the people you are surrounded by. The experience is crucial to college football. The SEC has paved a pathway for us, (BIG 12 fans) to have a more social game day. I loved every bit of information that was portrayed in this blog, it would be very helpful for incoming freshmen and people of all ages who are new to the tailgating lifestyle.

  3. I love your blog because it is so interesting to read and fun at the same time. I especially like this post because it talks about tailgating, which has become a huge part of Oklahoma State football. Tents fill the fields and streets on game days and I have noticed that people have started to dress differently too. I hardly ever see girls wear T-shirts and jeans to a game. They always wear dresses or nice clothing that is black and orange and that is not what I expected to see when I came to college. This post applies to people our age and that it why I like it so much.

  4. Kalie Cook Says:

    love, love, love!! First off I love to tailgate I mean who doesn’t.?!! But you really brought the down home feel to tailgating. It is a huge social even and gives you time with family and friends. I have to agree with saraherbel about the girls wearing the dresses, I was expecting t-shirts and jeans. I like it so much beacuse its what I have experenced and what everyone needs to experience at OKLAHOMA STATE!!!

  5. devanwilliams Says:

    You are so talented. I have read several of your blogs and there has not been one that I am not fond of. They are all great, very informative, interesting, the pictures are great….shall I continue? I love this post because it kind of related to my game day posts and It was nice to see what someone else thinks about our game days as well. The history behind the stadium was also awesome. I knew a little about it, but you blew my mind with interesting facts. Great job as usual and keep up the great work!

  6. […] You are so talented. I have read several of your blogs and there has not been one that I am not fond of. They are all great, very informative, interesting, the pictures are great….shall I continue? I love this post because it kind of related to my game day posts and It was nice to see what someone else thinks about our game days as well. The history behind the stadium was also awesome. I knew a little about it, but you blew my mind with interesting facts. Great job as usual and keep up the great work! (https://jaredgallagher.wordpress.com/2010/10/11/party-party-party/#comment-12) […]

  7. This is a great post. I love how you chose to focus on tailgating, especially with the recent spotlight on tailgating at Oklahoma State. My parents started their personal tailgate two years ago with one tent, a few chairs, some food, just the basics. In only two years time, it has grown into a huge tailgating extravaganza. We now have three tents, a number of chairs, tables and tables of food, grill, satellite TV, everything you could possibly one to keep guests entertained before the game. Tailgating really has grown into something so much bigger in the past few years at Oklahoma State and I hope it stays that way. Keep writing because we love reading!

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