1. Pepsi Tailgate Park
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.
2. Bobcat Statue
At the North Entrance of the Stadium is a life-size bronze statue of an actual Ohio Bobcat. It’s an Ohio tradition to gently rub this statute to bring the team good luck when you walk past. Make sure to stop by the statue and rub its paw to give the Bobcats some extra luck before the game.
3. The Ohio University Marching 110
The Marching 110 are a key feature of every Ohio game day that you won’t want to miss. The band starts early in the morning at the tailgate leading the fans to the stadium and continues pound on the drums and blast the horns throughout the game. The band plays loud and proud for every Bobcat first down and before opponents third downs, as the fans rise to intimidate the opposing offense.
4. 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.
5. Victory Hill
The open hill on the south end of the stadium is home to the Ohio student section and is among the best in the MAC. The students form a sea of green in the stand and are among the noisiest student sections in the conference drawing many an opponent offsides.
6. Battle for the Bell
Ohio and Marshall are only separated by 80 miles, which has led to the development of a strong rivalry between these two schools. The rivalry dates back to 1905 when Marshall shutout Ohio 6-0 and each year the winner walks away with The Bell as well as regional bragging rights. Ohio leads the all-time series 33-20-6 and will try and extend their lead when these two bitter rivals meet next.
7. Indoor Pregame Hospitality
If you want to stay out of the weather then there is no better place to tailgate than the Indoor Pregame Hospitality tailgating area. The indoor area is perfect for those late season games when the wind is howling, and temperatures drop below 40 degrees.
8. Rufus the Bobcat
The fierce mascot roams the sideline during games looking to rile up the fans and inspire school spirit. Rufus works hard to keep the crowd pumped up and entertained on game days, so keep your eyes peeled for him during stoppages in play or when you need an extra boost in cheering on the Bobcats.
9. Battle of the Bricks
The Battle of the Bricks between Miami and Ohio dates back to 1908 and has been going strong ever since. Each year the two teams meet on the gridiron for MAC supremacy creating a fierce rivalry that is a lot of fun for both sides. The RedHawks lead the all-time series 52-37-2, but the Bobcats have won 9 of the last ten meetings and will look to draw ever closer next time these two rivals meet.
10. Party 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 List” ranked 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.