Prior to the Javelina football team’s highest scoring game since 1977, a huge group of fans, alumni, and students gathered behind the stadium for the first tailgate party of the season.
Despite talk of thunderstorms supposedly coming in to rain on the Hoggies parade, many fans prepared for the tailgate days before Saturday.
People set up their designated areas for the tailgate as early as Thursday, bringing in their tents, barbecue pits, and chairs to ensure their spot.
On game day, groups of people were spotted barbecuing and hanging out as early as 3:30 a.m. Saturday morning.
When asked how he and his friends prepared for the tailgate, student Joe Acuna said, “my friends and I met up somewhere the night before the tailgate and discussed how much each person had to pitch in for food and drinks, what we were going to wear, and what time we had to show up.”
“What we enjoyed the most about the tailgate was that it gives our group of friends a reason to all come together and get away from studying for a while and enjoy each other’s company, as well as supporting the team before their game”.
The tailgate party isn’t only for TAMUK students: faculty, alumni, and people from other schools could be spotted at the tailgate.
Texas State student Krystal Coronado was present at the tailgate this past Saturday, and when asked how her experience went she responded with “I’ve always felt Kingsville was a closer knit community especially compared to the large scale student body in San Marcos; I feel it’s so much easier to make friends here. Because of the moderate size of the tailgate compared to a school such as Texas State, I felt much more comfortable not having to worry about overcrowding and just enjoying my own designated area with my group of friends”.
Many fraternities, sororities, and businesses were also seen at the tailgate.
Rox Sports Lounge was a local business at the tailgate this past weekend.
Employee of Rox Sports Lounge (and TAMUK student) Kayhla Bocanegra said, “my experience was pretty awesome. I’m looking forward to attending this weekend’s tailgate.”
While it did look like it was going to rain for a while, the tailgate kept on going until right before game time, with everyone packing up at around 6:45 p.m.
Coming off of a 68-7 win, expect a similar crowd out at this weekend’s tailgate as the Javelina’s prepare to host Midwestern State University.