By Jake FitzGerald
Sep. 9, 2011
Student Life is hosting a tailgating and viewing party at the Russell House for those who didn’t get a ticket to the Georgia game this Saturday.
The “Dawg Roast” starts at 2 p.m. and will feature a DJ on the Russell House patio, activities on Davis Field including football catching and throwing contests, an intramural touch football game and free hamburgers and hotdogs provided by Carolina Dining.
The game will be shown in the Russell House Ballroom, and kickoff is at 4:30 p.m.
“It’s a collaboration,” said Student Body President Joe Wright. “It’s turned into a Student Life kind of thing. Student Government brought the idea to the table, and then we asked for support from student life to bring it to petition.”
Wright credited the idea to second-year international relations student Travis Horne, couldn’t be reached by the Daily Gamecock Thursday night.
“The reason that we’re having this tailgate is that we haven’t had a home game yet, and we wanted to make sure that we provide a forum for people to participate in the football game,” Wright said. “So it’s kind of like a student initiative to get people ready for the home football game, but also to provide a safe environment.”
Wright hopes that students who have never experienced Gamecock football will now have a chance to learn what it’s all about heading into the first home game next weekend. As far as Wright knows, the university has never done anything like this on such a large scale. He hopes to promote the event with lots of food, spirit and students.
The Carolina Service Council is also hosting “Sock the Bulldogs!” Saturday afternoon as part of its Sept. 11 remembrance and service challenge. The council is seeking donations of socks and underwear to be made at the tailgate, which will be given to the Transitions Facility to benefit homeless veterans in the Carolina community.
Students will need their CarolinaCards in order to participate in the tailgating event.