OCOTBER 12, 2012
by MacKenzie Fanaro ’14, Contributing Writer
With the football season nearing the halfway mark, Furman fans have been enjoying a different pre-game atmosphere this fall.
There is tailgating on the mall, catered events and even suds for sale on the front porch of Timmons Arena.
Student organizations, alumni, families, and spirited Furman fans are encouraged to rent a tailgate spot along the Furman mall. Tables and chairs are available free of charge for those who reserve a spot. The Paladin Green Suite can be purchased at a discounted price of $175 for students. This premiere tailgating package includes a tent, tables, and chairs that are set up and ready to use on gameday.
Bell Tower Catering offers a tailgate menu with a variety of options ranging from the classic gameday hamburger and hotdog fare to deli sandwiches, and southern barbeque. Packages include an abundance of sides and desserts, and of course each package is complete with some southern sweet tea.
Tailgate packages feed 15 people and range in price from $130-$175. Furman’s hassle-free tailgating packages are delivered directly to tailgating spots staked out on Furman’s campus. Showing up is all that is required.
Beer, burgers, and brats are available for purchase at Furman’s newest tailgate—Thirsty Paladin located at the patio at Timmons arena. This university-sponsored tailgate is open to students, alumni, and fans who are at least 21 years of age.
“We wanted to offer our responsible fans a nice tailgating experience and offer them the opportunity to purchase beer and wine. We have fabulous fans,” said Dwight Covington, athletic ticket sales coordinator.
Whether fans choose a shady tailgating spot along the mall or opt to sit propped up on the back of a pick-up truck, students, alumni, and fans alike are encouraged to come early, stay late, and cheer on the Paladins.
“It’s a way to enjoy the Furman University experience. That’s what college sports are about,” said Covington.