And your 2014 Tailgate of the Year is...WVBeastTailgate! Thanks to their hard work and dedication The Wounded Warrior project will be receiving a $2,000 donation in their tailgate's name. Thank you and congratulations WVBeastTailgate!
First Place - WVBeastTailgate
We believe we should win Tailgate of the Year because we are always partying from 7am til game time! Doesn't matter the weather or if our team isn't the best! We always show up!
I have been coming to WVU games since I was really young. We would always meet my grandparents here before the game to tailgate! Eating glazed donuts and pepperoni rolls! The only time I have missed games were when I was in the USAF stationed overseas for 8 years.
Our current tailgate has been going on for years now. We had a friend that had all the tailgate gear but he moved to Florida and we really didn't have our own tailgating stuff. So I found "THE BEAST" tailgating van before last season and we have been using it ever since! It's an old handicap van that has roof A/C for the hot games, hardwood floors, and 7ft ceilings so you can stand up in it. It is equipped with 2 TVs, satellite dish, a kitchen counter, a bench with storage for camping seats, a hitch grill and a separate grill with a griddle. It even has its own Twitter account that people post pictures to when we go on road trips to away games. @WVBeastTailgate is the Twitter handle!
Our traditions are that I always get to the Blue Lot at 6:30am so I get the parking spot with grass when they open up the lot at 7am and we ALWAYS have pepperoni rolls! We just like to chat and have fun with our family and friends!
The charity I am donating to is The Wounded Warrior Project! As a Veteran I know it's important to support our injured vets with everything they need and The Wounded Warrior Project is the best organization to help our vets!
Second Place - Paternoville Alumni Tailgate
Although they didn't take home the title this year we appreciate the incredible effort put forth by the Paternoville Alumni Tailgate! A $500 donation will be made in their name to the Penn State Dance Marathon (THON) to fight pediatric cancer. Thank you and congratulations on becoming our Penn State Campus Champion!
We are amongst the most dedicated Penn State alumni. Most of us have camped out at Paternoville for every single game as students, and have now brought our traditions and dedication to Beaver Stadium each week with our tailgates. Each game, we have family and friends take planes, trains, and automobiles from across the country to be with us.
We love showing our Penn State pride. At our past tailgates, we’ve had a party bus, DJ, Beaver Stadium tunnel gates, S Zone, satellite TV, PSU inflatables, giant Jenga, stump (amongst other tailgate games), and of course a Joe Pa cutout. We also keep a theme for each tailgate, focusing on our opponent or a holiday theme. This year we’re looking to defend our title as last year’s Tailgate of the Year champion.
The first ever Paternoville tailgate was at the 2010 Capital One Bowl in the pouring rain in Florida. Since then, we have brought our friendship and tailgates to Alabama, Florida, Ohio, Wisconsin, Philadelphia and New York. We started regularly tailgating together two seasons ago in 2012, the first season after we graduated. As undergrads, most of us camped out at Gate A for every single game to support the team and scream our hearts out from the front row.
Our favorite tradition is the “Drumline” which we brought over from Paternoville. We bang and drum on tables, garbage cans, and anything else we can find while singing Penn State fight songs to get ready for the game. Our most popular foods are always Buffalo Ficken (Chicken) Dip, Mike and Troy’s grilling, and Mrs. Brown’s various desserts.
We will be donating the money to Penn State Dance Marathon (THON) this year. THON is the largest student run philanthropy in the world in which the money raised by the students is donated to The Four Diamonds Fund, a charity devoted to defeating pediatric cancer through research and caring for patients at Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital. Since 1973 (the first year of THON), a total of $114,860.905.11 has been raised to fight pediatric cancer.
This year, members of our tailgate are trying to Independently Dance in the 46 hour, no sitting/sleeping dance marathon. By winning the $2,000 donation, this money would benefit pediatric cancer research while also helping our friends get one step closer to accomplishing their dreams of dancing in THON.