There is nothing like a Mountaineer tailgate, no matter if it sunny and 75 or blistering cold, the atmosphere does not change. One of the most important aspects of WVU football tailgates is definitely the food and drinks.
The Blue Lot which is situated between Ruby Memorial Hospital and Milan Puskar Stadium is where most Mountaineer fans find themselves to tailgate and enjoy the pre game festivities. Fans are commonly seen playing corn hole or passing around a football all while holding onto a favorite tailgating beverage or snack.
“At WVU tailgates my family brings homemade pepperoni rolls, meatballs, buffalo chicken dip and Flying WV cookies; among other things,” says West Virginia University student, Kirsten White.
West Virginian’s are proud of their roots, so most of the food at WVU tailgates include native foods that represent their state.
Pepperoni rolls are arguably the most famous and iconic food staple of West Virginia and is a necessity at every true WVU tailgate.
“I did not know what Pepperoni Rolls were before I came to WVU, but they have changed my life. Pepperoni Rolls are delicious,” said Kenyatta Walker, a Georgia native.
Along with Pepperoni Rolls, West Virginia hot dogs are another classic. West Virginia hot dogs are topped with mustard, chili, coleslaw and chopped onion, to create yet another icon for Mountaineer nation.
With all this food there also need to be drink to wash it all down.
West Virginia University is one of the 34 schools in the entire nation that sells beer, wine and malt during football games. Not only did this idea increase massive profits for WVU but also the amount of arrests during football games decreased. Alcohol during games is not served past 7:30 minutes into the third quarter.
“For our tailgate I made Jell-O shots which I colored blue and gold, just so I could be creative about our drinks,” said Olivia Price, a junior at WVU and an avid tailgater.
West Virginia University is home to so many food and drink options that tailgates should not be an opportunity to pass up, as it is also a way to bond with your fellow Mountaineer supporters.
Cheers, Beers and Mountaineers!