Nothing beats a legendary tailgate at the Grove on Saturday’s in the fall. However, with thousands of people cramming into a nine-acre space, there are bound to be a fair share of game day struggles.
Mississippi is fucking hot. One might go out on a limb and say it’s the most miserably hot state in the country, or at the very least, the most humid. Add to this the fact that everyone is hammered and dehydrated, and watching the game from the Vaught can often be one major struggle. Walk into the concourse in the second quarter, and you’ll probably see dozens of slumped students on the ground, waiting for some rain in the Sahara Des…we mean, water in the stadium. But seriously, we actually ran out of water against Alabama. The heat is sure as hell a major game day struggle.
3.) Parking/getting to campus:
If you combine the number of students with the number of residents in the town of Oxford, you end up with just over 40,000 people. Oxford is no major city, it’s a town in the middle of nowhere, so when an influx of out-of-towners stampede down Jackson Avenue and Route 6 on Friday afternoon, campus basically goes into lockdown to accommodate. If you don’t have a residential parking pass, good luck getting to campus on game day. It’s not impossible, but it’s no easy task, one that you must leave ample time for. Our shitty lack of parking in general doesn’t help, either.
2.) Running out of liquor:
Buying liquor is a game of strategy, maybe even more so than the football game itself. Because you have to go to the liquor store well in advance of the tailgate, it’s all about being realistic with your predictions. Should I buy an extra fifth in case I give too much away? Whiskey, vodka, or champagne? What do I get for a mixer? How long will I be in the Grove? These are all questions you must ask yourself when making the pre-game day liquor purchase. If you fail at this, you will experience the worst kind of game day struggle: running out of liquor in the Grove. You hate to be that person who tries finagling booze from other people’s coolers, so don’t fuck up the liquor store run.
1.) Early start times:
If you were at the Grove this weekend for the Georgia game, you understand that an 11 a.m. kickoff is way too damn early. First of all, it’s Saturday. You wanna sleep in after busting ass in class all week, and waking up for early morning tests or lectures. Not to mention the fact that Friday night was probably spent drinking an obscene amount and doing lord knows what else. You’re exhausted, depleted, and hungover, but when that alarm goes off at the crack of dawn on Saturday, there’s nothing else you can do but start drinking. It’s nothing we can’t handle here at Ole Miss, but it’s nonetheless a major struggle.
Despite the struggles, it’s hard to complain too much about the game day experience. It’s a party that is second to none. Fins up, we’ve got to be ready for next weekend. Hotty Toddy!