The first tailgate party for the UAM 2004 football season was a huge success. More than 300 students, faculty, staff and community leaders enjoyed a warm afternoon of food, fun, fellowship and team spirit.
Although held on a Thursday afternoon while many people were still at work, the party featured a big turnout. UAM's food services department closed the dining hall and set up a tent at the tailgate party to help feed students. Many community leaders also made arrangements to be on hand for this event.
“We are planning to continue the tailgate parties for all home games and hope that everyone will continue to participate,” said Ashley Lynn, director of Student Activities and Programs.
Parents and relatives of the players also attended the festivities. Cody McCasland, a UAM freshman linebacker from Atlanta, Texas, had several family members present to enjoy the tailgating experience. They found a shady spot by the pond to enjoy some food, according to Cody’s dad, Jim McCasland.
“I am going to enjoy some down home food while relaxing before the game,” he said.
Kramer Entertainment provided children’s games and live entertainment for the youngest of the UAM football fans to the oldest. The Student Activities Board supported and paid for the activities.
Dr. and Mrs. Jack Lassiter walked to each tent, introduced themselves and thanked each person for coming out to help support the team. One couple from Hammond, La., Mr. and Mrs. Mark Pilcher, came up to support the Weevils and their son, freshman free safety Ryan Pilcher.
The Pilchers said they were pleasantly surprised to see the Chancellor and his wife strolling around the pond, and they enjoyed visiting. Mrs. Pilcher compared this tailgate party to those experienced at Ole Miss as a “much more laid back and relaxing experience.”
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