Photo Credit: University of Colorado Boulder

Photo Credit: University of Colorado Boulder

Friday September 2nd was the kick off to tailgating season due to CU’s first game against our rival, CSU. We start off every season against them because, what gets the fans more pumped than squashing the team we hate most? This game is especially important for freshman and seniors. For freshman, it is the beginning of fun times ahead with college sports. High school football games may have been exciting but they don’t quite compare to how spirited college football games can be. For seniors, this is the last rival game where everyone comes together in the parking lot of the stadium to get drunk and take immense pride in the fact that we go to the best school in the world—CU.

Aside from cheering and chanting as loud as you possibly can for the CU Buffs during the game, the tailgate beforehand is where the good times will truly be held. Thousands of students (along with alumni) gather in the parking lot to blast music, drink, and eat deliciously grilled foods. The fans at this game will never be mistaken for supporting the opposing team, since everyone is decked out in either CU or CSU apparel. Tailgating is also a great way to meet new people. Everyone is in such a good mood that everything is shared by everyone. As long as you stay on CU’s side, you can walk up to any group of people drinking and making food, and chances are they will graciously welcome you to partake in their festivities. Tailgating puts people in a happy mood because it gives everyone an excuse to party during the day, and because we expect a victory from our team. We become cheerleaders on game days because we bring as much spirit as we possibly can. I am beyond proud to be a CU Buff and cannot wait for the upcoming tailgates this Fall season!