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Does any other Colleges have a Heineygate,Lane Ave, or Tailgating like OSU ?


Great 2 B A Buckeyes !!!
I was born in Columbus Ohio but moved when I was 5 1/2 to Chicago and then to New York. All my life I have been a Buckeye fan and all my family has gone to OSU, but I never knew much of the fanfare outside of the stadium. When I moved back to OSU, and went to my first game in 1993 (oddly enough against NW), I was blown away at how big the fanfare was here and how truely great it is to be a BUCKEYE !!! Is there anywhere else in the U.S. that has anything even close to Heineygate, Lane Avenue, Skull session and all the tailgating ??
It truely is a sight to see and something great !!!
Wisconsin is outta control. They dont have a hineygate, but it was pretty wild on campus on gameday.

Penn ST has an RV city....which was crazy as well.

Indiana is pretty crazy...oh wait, its all buckeye fans.

Purdue...not that great....pretty average.

Illinois...(see Purdue)

N-Western....not much at all. Very scattered.


Pittsburgh......had some pretty crazy tailgates.

Ohio.....if the students actually went down to the tailgates...it would be wild.


UCLA was like a wine and cheese crowd.....and the majority of fans showed up right before the game.

Florida......quite a crazy scene.....and did get to see the beads for boobs program in effect in the parking lot.

Just came back from NC ST....they dont know tailgaiting like we do.
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The scene around Ben Hill Griffin is no doubt great, but still not the calber of Lane Ave on gameday.

FSU is ok, not great

SDSU, the fans hardly know there is a game that day.
Best crowd I ever saw at Qualcomm(Jack Murphy) was for a the 1993 Holiday Bowl (BYU vs OSU).

If Holbrook has her way, OSU's atmosphere will be reduced to nothing. She must be stopped.
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scooter1369 said:
If Holbrook has her way, OSU's atmosphere will be reduced to nothing. She must be stopped.
haha for some reason that makes me think of a bunch of us in the Animal house listening to John Belushi make a speach hahaha

Ya gotta hope that the Alumni tailgaters have some pull, as do the many businesses and vendors who make alot of money on that day. Probably naive of me to hope but it would be a shame if we didn't have all that fanfare.
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Out here in Pac 10 country, tailgating isn't a practiced religion like it is back there in Columbus. At the stadiums i've been on the West coast, i've witnessed a scene similar to what you might find at Purdue or Illinois. You can always find a few people tailgating, but not the exciting scene you'd see in Columbus or even Madison or State College for that matter.

I have to laugh when i think of my friends down here who marvel over the scene in Tempe when we won the 2002 Fiesta Bowl. They couldn't believe how faithful buckeye fans everywhere are towards their team and still remark about how much fun they had with all the buckeye fans who were in town for the game. Ever since that game, everybody out here wishes they could get back to Columbus to relive the buckeye experience.
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Miami, OH: D- traffic is horrible...and then you get to the game and realize nobody is there. Where the fuck did all the traffic come from. You know what i'm talking about if you've been to a game

Penn State: B RV city is pretty cool. They are into the "blue band" as they call them. Although I don't know of any events before the game.

Indiana: C+ It's all Ohio State fans anyway

Illinois: B- they have some nice lots and some good tradition. The team and the band going down the street by the stadium is pretty cool. A lot more than I expected from this school.

Northwestern: F you can't even tell there's a damn game that day...or night

scUM: F I've never understood how a place w/ so many people could be so boring. Going there for The Game...I kept thinking...this is what's it's like before The Game here? Man, this thing should be played in Columbus year round. WAKE UP PEOPLE. Not to mention it's even quieter in the freaking shithole.

Wisconsin: A- they are nuts...if you are a student and a college football fan...this is the place for you...sure did treat us like shit in 2003, but it's just one big party...nuts before and after.

West Virginia: C Nothing special, but more than I expected. Talk about being in the middle of nowhere. Good to know that a hitchhike is easy to find there.

Purdue: C+ Most of the great tailgates are from Buckeye fans. Man were they pissed after the 2002 game. Free parking seems to be easy to find :)

Cincinnati: F are you kidding me...do they even know they have a football team.

Bowling Green: F+ Was there for the MAC Championship game last year. I wondered if they knew what tailgating was. Or if they knew there was a game that night. How that place could not sell out is beyond me. It's small enough. Parking was easy though.

THE Ohio State University: A+ Nowhere that I have been has come close. The sea of people in scarlet and gray...waves and waves of them...is unmatched. The chants of OH-IO...are unmatched. As far as I know...Skull Session is unmatched, nobody would fill up a basketball arena to see their band. For miles and miles in each direction of The Shoe...you can just feel it in the air. The excitment is so thick that you can truely FEEL it. There is NO BETTER PLACE IN THE WORLD TO BE than Columbus on a football Saturday!
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There's some crazy tailgating in other places -

LSU has Columbus beat (sorry Bucks, but that's a fact).

Madison is crazy.

Texas AM has their yell session midnights before games.

Notre Dame has all sorts of traditions.

There is the Grove at Ole Miss.

Florida and Tennesee should be mentioned as well.

The scene at Army, while nothing special tailgating wise, is incredible with the fall foliage and the Hudson river.

Clemson is pretty wild too.

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I've tailgated at TENN. It was actually quite enjoyable, but couldn't really hold a candle to tOSU. I've also been to LSU, and wasn't all that impressed. It could be I had my expectations too high after hearing how awesome it would be, but I wasn't impressed. It was good, but just typical southern football atmosphere (which is to say, pretty intense, and fun, just not up to par with our Buckeye tailgate).
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JonathanXC said:
West Virginia: C Nothing special, but more than I expected. Talk about being in the middle of nowhere. Good to know that a hitchhike is easy to find there
Can't agree with you here bro..Morgantown was one of the wildest scenes in which I have ever been involved. "The Pit" outside of the stadium was amazingly lawless and chaotic. I loved every second of it...especially when Tremaine Mack blocked WVU's FG in the final minutes and returned it for a TD to ruin the Mountainqueers perfect season.

As for the South, I went to USC's William Brice Stadium for a few games. I was extremely disappointed...you cannot go from being brought up on tOSU football and gameday traditions and then suddenly enjoy such a paltry effort. It was more of a drinking, socializing event with no tunes, no rowdiness, and no scenery. I'd give it a C-
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In my limited experience (just now getting to all the away games that I can go to)

Illinois: I think the B- Jon gave is fair. It was above average, but nothing spectacular. They had a couple good parking lots and thier fans were pretty cool. No bars on or near campus (well the football side of campus) really kills the scene.

NCSU: B, for a school with so little longstanding tradition they did things ok. Not wild, but a lot of RVs, grilling, and drinking. Fans were cool with us. Band sucks, they do a little tour around the parking lot before the game. Nothing special.

Kentucky: B-, for such a shitty team, they do know how to tailgate. Being annebriated and their extraordinarily hot cheerleaders and dance team helped my memory of a good time. btw, Jared Lorenzen is a fatass.

Bowling Green: C-, nothing special. Their team was good that year, but the tailgating was crap.

Miami, OH: C, I was out of place since I wasn't wearing chacki pants and a flannel shirt with an abused "Cocks" baseball cap. Uppity atmosphere as expected, chicks are amazing, which kept me from rating this as a failing grade. Good food.

I'm hoping to make Iowa this year, that's supposed to be a decent atmosphere.
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I have heard LSU has some pretty good parties too on gameday. If they are anything close to OSU on gameday, more power too em ... cool. OSU campus,Lane Ave, and the Stadium is still heaven too me. If you've ever been to the OSU Stadium on gameday you'd have to admit it is a sight too behold and great fun (I've even seen opposing team fans enjoing themselves)
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