Gamecock fans and JSU students have two things to look forward to on September 7: filling Burgess-Snow Stadium at game-time, and enjoying the pre-game tailgating.
This year, the SGA is asking members of organizations on campus to dress according to a predetermined theme at each tailgating event.
It isn’t the first time that JSU’s SGA has set themes for the tailgate parties, but SGA President Jade Wagner says it is the first time they’ve made adherence to those themes a priority.
“I really feel like with some sort of tangible theme tying you together, it gives you more school spirit,” says Wagner.
Just like in high school, JSU’s home games will have an accompanying theme of dress.
Wagner thinks wants JSU students to get ready for a throwback to high school days with this season’s themed tailgate parties.
The SGA offices offer incentives to organizations on campus who participate in the dress-up: a publicity-boosting photo opportunity will be presented to the group best dressed to fit the theme of the tailgates.
It was also suggested that at the end of the football and tailgating season the organization that is most consistently outfitted to the theme of the tailgate will receive an accolade in addition to the photo.
The SGA wants a large crowd at the parties, so it decided against giving out awards to individuals. The hope is that this will increase the participation of organizational members, and help students not a part of any organization build ties with those around them.
At least 22 on-campus organizations will have spaces reserved for the tailgating activities going on in front of Kennamer Hall this season.
Tailgaters could either be dressed up in lace, like for September 14th’s “Lace and Tie up the Lions,” or dressed down in Western attire, like for September 28th’s “Wrangle the Racers.”
“It sounds like it’s going to be interesting,” says JSU student Terrance Wray of the themes.
The SGA has also released the list of performers for each tailgate party, with the exception of the tailgate planned for November 23. The winner of the September 12th “Music Madness Battle of the Bands” will perform then.
The theme for JSU’s first home game of the season is “Out-Doll the Dolphins,” and the SGA is asking those participating to dress in their “best Game Day attire.”