College football is steeped in tradition and pageantry. Every program takes pride in its unique approach to the game day experience. And nothing encompasses the uniqueness of a college town and overall atmosphere better than its tailgating scene. The smell of the barbecue, the sound of the marching band, and the football-centric conversation permeates the scene of pre-game festivities around the nation every Saturday morning in the fall.
It’s something that cannot be accurately described, only felt. Many universities claim to be the top tailgating scene in the land, but only ten made our list.
Did your favorite team’s tailgating scene make the cut?
10. Washington “Boat-gating”
That’s right, a weekly tailgate that takes place on open water. Of course, the Huskies aren’t the only program whose fans tailgate on boats (Tennessee does it, too) but they are the only ones to do it on a picture-esque lake. The scene at “Husky Harbor” is just a bit more grand than the Volunteers’ version of the pre-game festivities.
This tradition stretches back more than 50 years and just like many tailgates around the country, beer-pong, loud music and large TVs are all around — except on the water. Washington’s nautical-tailgating is an exciting spin on traditional tailgating. A sight to see for sure.