The atmosphere surrounding the tailgate at Marshall is just electric. The town is flooded with green making it looks like St. Patrick’s day in the streets. The tailgate will get you ripped and roaring as fast as the blink of an eye; it doesn’t matter if you are even near the stadium you’ll find groups of people having a great time all throughout Huntington on game days.
Despite being a smaller program, Marshall has had a lot of success on the field over the last few decades, and the tailgating has kept up the pace right alongside it. You’ll find one of the better tailgate atmospheres Conference USA as everyone starts tailgating bright and early with the lots around the stadium opening six hours before kickoff.
The parking lots are the best spot to be, you’ll find a variety of drinking games, along with cornhole and all the grilling you can handle. People set up some large campsites in the parking lots outside the stadium as fans come from all over the area. Thundering Herd games are major social events as people come in herds to see their favorite team on Saturday.After the game ends, be sure to head over to Fat Patty’s to watch the rest of the always exciting college football slate. While you’re there, make sure to grab one of their signature burgers. If you’re not in the mood for a burger, head over to Black Sheep Burrito and Brews to add some Mexican flair to your day.
After the game ends, be sure to head over to Fat Patty’s to watch the rest of the always exciting college football slate. While you’re there, make sure to grab one of their signature burgers. If you’re not in the mood for a burger, head over to Black Sheep Burrito and Brews to add some Mexican flair to your day.
Annual Memorial Fountain Ceremonies
While you’re on the Marshall campus be sure to take a stroll by the memorial fountain which commemorates the lives lost in the plane crash carrying the Marshall football team. The tragedy united the Marshall students and fan base and played an integral part in the fanbase and program being where it is today.Watch video
If you’re looking to get into the Marshall gameday spirit, then make sure to take in the Thunder Walk. The Thunder Walk allows fans to give the Thundering Herd players and coaches some last minute support before they enter the stadium, so make sure to stop by and check it out.Watch video
We are Marshall Stadium Memorial
Located on the front of the stadium; the bronze memorial pays remembrance to the Marshall players and coaches who lost their lives in the 1970 plane crash. Stop by and pay your respects to one of the worst sports-related tragedies in US history.Watch video
Where to tailgate
West LotThe West Lot outside of Joan C. Edwards is the place to be on Thundering Herd gamedays. Here you’ll find the most diehard Thundering Herd fans around grilling, drinking, and having fun. If you want to get into a tradition that unites the entire town of Huntington, then make sure to tailgate before a Marshall game.
Lot Between 16th and 18th StreetIf you’re looking to tailgate with Marshall students, then set up shop in this lot as it's where the majority of the students park.
Dolen LotVisitors tend to tailgate in the Dolen Lot, which is located near the visitor’s side of the stadium and across from the Marshall softball field. If you’re looking to tailgate with the visiting team’s fans then get your spot in the Dolen Lot.