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Weirdest Places To Tailgate At Penn State

Tailgating. If anything not named Drew Allar dominates Saturdays at Penn State, it’s tailgating outside and around Beaver Stadium. For plenty, tailgates are the main attraction for football Saturdays — the allure of grilling and drinking in a crowded and overly hot parking lot is just too much to resist.

But what if Penn Staters weren’t relegated to parking lots and cow fields? For those fans looking to get creative with their next tailgating ventures, we’ve come up with a list of weird and unique places to bring your grill and Miller Lites. Just make sure to invite us. We want to have some fun, too.

The Side Of The Road

This article was inspired by four people who were sitting by the College Ave. exit on University Drive before the West Virginia game. These people were innovators. If you don’t want to pay for a parking spot but you do want to be fairly close to Beaver Stadium, sitting on the side of Park Ave. with a portable grill might just be the move. Plus, there’s plenty of people car-watching to be had.

A Classroom

Everyone’s heard of the Willard Building challenge, where you try to not take a class in the Willard Building during your entire time at Penn State. Well, we’ve come up with a new Willard Building challenge, where you take an empty classroom in Willard and set up shop inside. Get yourself some hamburgers, hot dogs, and chips, and throw College Gameday on a projector at the front of the room, and you’ll be set for the day.

Rumor has it, you wouldn’t be alone. Penn State professors reportedly love to tailgate in academic buildings.

A Cocktagon

Everyone loves a good Saturday afternoon spent walking back and forth to a cocktagon while tailgating at a Penn State football game. But what if you never had to leave the cocktagon?

We’ve all wondered how we could spend more time surrounded by empty beer cans, stubbed-out cigarettes, and urinals. Well, the answer is simple. Bring the party to a cocktagon! Plus, you don’t have to waste all that time walking between your tailgate and the cocktagon. Just turn around and you’ll be set.

A Roof

Please note: this isn’t about one of those bougie roofs downtown on top of a bougie high-rise apartment that has a pool and a bar next to it. This is one of those roofs that is just pebbles and those boxes we think are air conditioning units. But, if a rooftop fits your vibe, the air conditioning unit/things/big boxes could serve as chairs, pong tables, and so much more!

A Parking Garage

This option is just a roof but you get to bring your car up with you. Some of our Philadelphia-area-based readers will remember when a group of people tailgated the I-95 construction from the top of a nearby parking garage, so this method is tried and tested. As far as we know, those guys had a blast. There’s no reason why you can’t have fun on top of a parking garage either.

In The Middle Of The Road

As a proud surviving resident of the Graduate apartments, I can attest there is space in the middle of Atherton Street between Beaver and College Avenues. You might have to watch out for cars, but traffic is moving slowly enough on gamedays that you won’t really have to worry about getting seriously injured. Worst case, you bruise your shin on someone’s 2011 Toyota Camry.

A Tailgate That’s Not Yours

OK, we’ve all been there. You kind of, sort of, maybe know one person at a tailgate and end up stealing a few drinks and cheeseburgers. Frankly, it’s a right of passage for freshmen at Penn State. But the real ones have walked into a tailgate where they know absolutely nobody, finesse the system, and walk out five minutes later with a bag of chips to share with their friends.

Any On-Campus Residence Area

If you have literally nowhere else to go, on-campus folks, you can always hang around your dorm and hit the lawn for some Spikeball and pizza. It’s not exactly the party of the century, but it’s better than nothing.

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About the Author

Joe Lister

Joe is a senior journalism major at Penn State and Onward State's managing editor. He writes about everything Penn State, especially its 10-2 football team. If you want to find him, Joe's usually watching soccer with his shirt off or at the gym with his shirt on. For dumb stuff, follow him on Twitter (iamjoelister). For serious stuff, email him ([email protected]).

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