NCAA ranks most unconventional tailgating traditions, 3 SEC teams in top 5
College football is taken so seriously in the SEC that tailgating could almost be a sport of its own.
It’s no surprise then, that some of the country’s most interesting tailgating is done in the South. The NCAA released a video ranking college football’s five most unique tailgates on Friday and three SEC schools made the cut.
Claiming the No. 3 spot on the list is South Carolina, where locomotive tailgating seems to have earned it the ranking.
“Move 50 yards away from Williams-Brice Stadium and you’ll see the South Carolina Cockaboose,” the narrator says. “It’s a group of old train cars that were transformed into tailgating hubs in the ’90s.
“The interior of the cars typically includes a homey feeling that’s just like enjoying the game from your house, but inside a train car.”
At No. 2 in the rankings is Tennessee. Located next to the Tennessee River, Vols fans get to enjoy some nautical tailgating.
“The University of Tennessee gives you a special option, sailgating with the Vol Navy,” the video exclaims. “You can take a boat and tailgate to Neyland Stadium at the same time. The Vol Navy Association began in 1962. This tailgate allows people to cruise down the beautiful Tennessee River while supporting their team.”
The top school on the NCAA’s list is none other than Ole Miss, which the video states is “The Holy Grail of tailgating sites.”
“Widely considered the living room of Ole Miss, The Grove is a 10-acre area in the center of campus that can hold as many as 25,000 fans. The famous Walk of Champions takes place as the team walks through the middle of The Grove before each game, dividing the sea of fans. The Grove has southern hospitality and etiquette on full display – at least until it’s time to enter the stadium.”