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    What makes Iowa State tailgating great?

    I'm not sure if any of you have heard of the author Jonah Keri (@jonahkeri), but he asked this on twitter this afternoon:

    "Crowdsourcing: Most UNDERRATED 1) college football stadium 2) college football tailgate ...you've ever attended? (ie not LSU, Michigan etc)"

    I responded with Iowa State for the tailgate and he sent me an email asking for more details. Specifically his email said this:

    "I've got more obscure ones on the list, but willing to consider Iowa St. Email me with more details, please?"

    To make sure I didn't miss anything, I thought I'd come to you guys to help fill Jonah in.

    I have no idea what he is going to do with this information. If he plans on soming to a tailgate or writing a book. Either way, could be a fun game.


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    Re: What makes Iowa State tailgating great?

    For starters, all the parking around the stadium is a HUGE factor in quality ISU Tailgating.




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    Re: What makes Iowa State tailgating great?

    The massive amount of area for tailgating and its close proximity to the stadium. Its basically tents, cars, busses, and people as far as the eye can see. It doesn't matter how bad the football team is and who we are playing, there are always packed tailgate lots. Huge concrete donor lots right next to the stadium and huge public grass lots right next to those.


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    Re: What makes Iowa State tailgating great?

    The huge, amount of relatively cheap parking around the stadium. (Send an arial shot of gameday if you can find it), and the fact that we manage to have this huge amount of tailgating despite an almost complete lack of actual winning.

    The extended hours we have compared to a lot of other places that only start a couple hours before. Tailgating gets going for a lot of the lots at 7am, and at least several hours before in almost all of the rest.



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    Re: What makes Iowa State tailgating great?

    Hot chicks baby



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    Re: What makes Iowa State tailgating great?

    Not to mention some of the epic tailgating rigs you see. Old busses, trucks, RV's, ambulances, fire trucks, etc. Partner that with thousands of people, great food, wide variety of food selection, a lot of beer and alcohol, nice people who share with others, 100,000 people, all packed into 1 square mile and you have one of the best tailgating scenes in the midwest.


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    Re: What makes Iowa State tailgating great?

    definitely include the picture and mention that it doesn't even show all of the parking/tailgating areas. I know of people who tailgate all the way over by forker.



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    Re: What makes Iowa State tailgating great?

    I've never been to a place that has as centralized of tailgating as we do. It really makes it special....it seems like one giant party, as opposed to a bunch of various groups.

    I don't know if such a statistic could exist, but I'd bet a lot of money that our tailgate quality to win ratio is amazing. Even further, our tailgate quality to high dollar donor ratio would be even better. We don't have as much to work with, but we make it great anyway.



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    Re: What makes Iowa State tailgating great?

    The ability to go from parent, alumni lots for good food and tasty beer to the student lots with plenty of tailgating games, loud music and school spirit. Not to mention the women dressed up and excessive amounts of beer. Every school I have been to can't even come to close tailgating the proximity that ISU does it. I went to University of Wisconsin last year and even though they party hard - the tailgating is scattered and cops will give you a public intox for being even remotely close to the sidewalk. On top of that Wisconsin did not have party (tailgate buses), which I found to be really strange. The same thing with Nebraska - their tailgating is mostly just organized house parties, they have no lots.



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    Re: What makes Iowa State tailgating great?

    ISU donor lots 3 hours before kickoff:



    Most schools' donor lots 3 hours before kickoff:



    ISU public lots 3 hours before kickoff:



    Most schools' public lots 3 hours before kickoff:




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