14. Auburn Tigers
It’s a great tailgate when it starts on Thursday. That’s right, Auburn fans lineup the parking lots starting two days before kickoff. Some of these fans use just about all of their vacation days on football season. When classes end on Thursday, the anticipation for game day begins.
The food options are great around campus. Some tailgates will make food based on the opponents they are playing that week (LSU week’s cajun feast sounds delightful). There are food trucks for those not looking to jump into a tailgate.
Once in the stadium, then the experience takes it up a notch. The game begins with the War Eagle, an eagle that flies into the stadium before landing towards the field. They’ve had eight different eagles in team history, and it is a special way to kick off the festivities.
Auburn’s Tiger Walk has been mimicked by colleges across the country, but there’s nothing like the original. Sometimes thousands of fans will come out and follow the team towards the stadium. This is the bucket list item for any good college football fan.
Auburn’s campus is right down the street from the major downtown area. The party goes from game time immediately to postgame when the bars and restaurants are within walking distance of the stadium. Jordan-Hare Stadium is right in the middle of the campus. It is the heartbeat of the Auburn University. It makes it so much easier to get to and from the games. It’s also making things easier for students. That convenience usually leads to a much better experience.