The WKU Hilltopper fan tailgate for the launch of the 2022 season

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WBKO) – The 2022 college football season is officially underway! With the return of college football, also comes the pre-game festivities outside the stadium.

The tailgating experience outside of LT Smith Stadium was filled with plenty of camaraderie among the WKU faithful. Many Hilltopper fans represented their team, draped in WKU red.

WKU fans spent the majority of their time away from the stadium playing cornhole, eating, and hanging out with family and friends. It’s something Vicky Cooper says tailgating is all about.

“It prepares you for the game. The more people that come out, the more important it is,” Cooper says. “It’s about camaraderie, being with friends and getting excited about WKU football.”

Some fans say the tailgate parties could be a bit bigger. Rod Hutcheson, who tailgated WKU football games for 20 years, said: “The tailgating could be more important. People who don’t come out in the tailgate and just watch the excitement on the pitch are really missing a big chunk of the game day.”

If you want to be part of the pre-game festivities this season, the Hilltoppers’ next home football game is Saturday, September 24 against the FIU Panthers.

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