Atmosphere

Ohio is one of the biggest party schools in the country meaning you’ll feel no need to go to a major conference school if you want to cut loose because you’ll find no better place to do so than Athens. On game days the entire town is one giant party that is a can’t miss for anyone looking to take part in a wild and fun tailgate party.  Ohio has such a strong party reputation that the Princeton Review’s annual biggest party schools listed Ohio University as the #1 party school in the entire nation in 2012, #3 in 2013, and #7 in 2014. Clearly, Ohio gets national recognition for their party scene, and that extends into the atmosphere for their football games.

Bobcats fans get tailgating started early with Pepsi Tailgreat Park taking shapes in the field across from Peden Stadium on Friday afternoon. Tailgreat Park is the center of the Ohio tailgate providing a great space for picnics, grilling, tossing Frisbees, and setting up tailgate sites for Saturday’s big game. You’ll also find live music, games for kids, and the smell of charcoal emanating throughout Tailgreat Park on game days.

Traditions

Ohio University Marching 110 Pregame Concert and Fan Walk

A couple of hours before kickoff the Ohio University Marching 110 will make a stop at Tailgreat Park to perform for the fans to boost the crowd’s energy before kickoff. At the end of the concert, they will lead fans down the Hocking River in a fan walk, which culminates in the fans giving the team a few words of encouragement as the players and coaches enter the stadium.

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Pepsi Tailgreat Park

Tailgreat Park is the center of the Bobcats tailgate and the place to be in Athens on Bobcats game days. Tailgating here starts Friday afternoon before the game, so make sure to get here early to secure a good spot right in the heart of Bobcats Tailgate country.

Ohio Bobcat Club Hospitality Village

The Ohio Bobcat Club Hospitality Village provides an exclusive tailgating area open to only Ohio Bobcat Club members. The Hospitality Village opens three hours before kickoff and offers flat screen TVs, food and drinks, and even giveaways to loyal Bobcats fans.

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