Tailgating season is back in session

Thousands of students attend South Florida football games every college game day to support the Bulls football program. ORACLE PHOTO/LEDA ALVIM

With the beginning of the South Florida 2022 football season comes many fun events that follow. As the Bulls prepare for their first game of the season, here is how students can prepare for games and tailgates.

Step One: Grab your South Florida gear

One important part of football season is loading your closet with school gear. With a variety of options to choose from, the possibilities are endless.

On campus, the USF Bookstore has a wide selection of clothes to choose from to help represent the Bulls on game day or even around the school.

If a sustainable route is what you are looking for, thrift and second-hand stores like Uptown Cheapskate and Platos Closet have plenty of USF gear, too.

Step Two: Plan your outing

Tailgating takes time to plan, between picking a spot, deciding what to bring and how to do it.

Finding a great tailgate area can be tricky, but there are a variety of options. You can either tailgate in the lots of the Raymond James Stadium or host your own in the comfort of your home.

When tailgating at Raymond James, make sure to arrive early to pick out a spot before everyone else gets there.

At home, there are a lot of options to pick from along with a more relaxed schedule. All that is needed is time to show up, food and a TV to watch the game.

Food is one of the main staples in tailgating, and the possibilities are endless. You can also adjust your menu based on what guests prefer or have everyone bring their favorite dishes.

Making sure all of these components are pieced together is what puts on a great tailgate to enjoy with friends and family.

Step Three: Head to the game and cheer on the Bulls

After getting your group ready for the long-anticipated game, head on over to the gates of Raymond James to enjoy the game.

Before heading in, get your tickets and belongings together to ensure a smooth and easy entrance. It’s important to get to the game with enough time to enjoy the pregame show and be in time for kickoff.

Once you make your way to your seats, the rest of the game is filled with Bulls nation cheering on with their school spirit. Whether you are screaming at the top of your lungs or just relaxing and enjoying the moment, game day is one of the most looked forward to events in college.

South Florida football will host its first game of the year at Raymond James Stadium Sept. 3 at 4 p.m. against BYU. The game will be broadcast on ESPNU and iHeartRadio Bulls Unlimited.