Tailgating More Than Just a Party (but we already knew that)

Wolverines of all ages party together before the game.

Wolverines of all ages party together before the game.

According to Notre Dame cultural anthropologist John Sherry, tailgating has ancient, primitive ties. Through his two year study, Sherry has determined that the ritual of tailgating encourages bonds and builds traditions that every team’s fans hold so dear. Furthermore, tailgating has roots in historic gatherings such as harvest celebrations in ancient Rome and Greece, and picnics during Civil War battles. So if you needed any sort of scientific proof to justify your tailgating rituals, read more on Sherry’s study at USAToday.com.


Heather Blackmon-doForno

About: Heather Blackmon-doForno

As a member of the Ohio State University Marching Band, I quickly grew to appreciate the dedication and pride each Big Ten Marching Band exhibits, as well as the traditions, history and culture of each school they represent. Being a passionate world traveler, my trips to Big Ten schools have always involved an effort to go beyond the game, scoping out the best local places to eat, delving into local history, viewing the campus architecture and learning about quirky folklore.