Home of America’s Top Tailgate: Ole Miss
The University of Mississippi almost always referred to as “Ole Miss”, knows how to throw a party, just ask anyone. In the fabulous Southern setting of Oxford, tailgating in the Grove’s 110-acre campus lot is nothing short of a “wow” factor. Long gone are days of backing up your truck, pulling out the grill, and slapping some meat on the grill.
Here, devoted fans are throwing the most upscale, distinguished parties of them all: Legendary parties. Ole Miss fans come out in droves to support their alma mater, their home, or favorite Mississippi team.
Decadent spreads of food adorn exquisite table settings, fine china and linens, chandeliers, and sterling silver utensils. Blazers, sunglasses, Lilly Pulitzer, pearls, and bow tie clad students and fans stroll through in high style, showing off a rich tradition of dressing in their Sunday best.
Vaught-Hemingway Stadium is so popular that the Circle is now being used for the overflow crowds. Perfect for this festive celebration are the elegant elms, oaks, and magnolias, providing the picturesque backdrop. Think beer and bourbon in red solo cups.
Ole Miss Vs. Alabama Game Day
Today, on the “eve” of the Ole Miss/Alabama game, the biggest of the year, ESPN College Game Day is here. I had the guided tour by my daughter Taylor, an Ole Miss student, to see how its done.
First, beginning at 6am this morning, devoted fans can “stake their claim”, securing their spots by sitting in place all day, I repeat, all day. Most everyone was on blankets with footballs, radios, computers, or just taking naps, but no chairs are allowed, coolers, or anything of that nature.
At 9 PM tonight, the set up begins and tables, tents, chairs, coolers, etc, are placed at the Grove tailgating spots. The Grove closes up around midnight and everyone must leave until game day when they can come back at 6 AM for the party to begin. No vehicles are allowed in the grove, only for drop off purposes.
I am so anxious to stroll through the sea of red and blue frenzy tomorrow and witness this first hand. Being the busiest game of the year, I am sure it will be an elbow to elbow mess of partiers, die-hard football fans, game enthusiasts, and alumni/students. I am up for it.
Ole Miss Rebels Hotty Toddy Cheer
(someone yells) “Are you ready?”
Hundreds of fans yell “Helllll Yeahhhhh Daaaamn Right!”
Then, in unison:
“Hotty Toddy, gosh almighty
who the hell are we, HEY!
flim flam, bim bam,
OLE MISS BY DAMN!!
Check out our post about Ole Miss GameDay here.