In my travels covering Cal Poly football over the years, I’ve seen some impressive tailgating environments in trips to places like Fresno State, Montana and Wisconsin. Mustangs football boosters have noticed, too, and are trying to bring a traditional tailgating experience to San Luis Obispo this fall.
The Home Team, a booster club specifically aimed at promoting Cal Poly football, has secured tailgating spots for next season, and is gearing up to raise awareness at this Saturday’s Mustangs spring game.
Open and free to the public, the game is set to kick off at 1 p.m. It will be the best chance to see what the Mustangs are going to look like next year until the start of fall camp in August. The Cal Poly offense continues to transform, and the feel is that the team is running less and less triple option.
Though that should excite those of you who’d like to see more of a passing game or a less predictable running attack, the attempt to upgrade the tailgating experience is worthy of attention, too.
A group of Cal Poly students are helping put on the pregame festivities as part of their senior project . Included are plenty of family activities and a pledge to support a good cause.
Beginning at 11 a.m. on Saturday, there will be free tailgating spots in Lot C2 and a free KidZone, where there will be a bounce house, games, free food and giveaways for elementary age school children. The Home Team is also running a raffle to give away a tailgating spot for next season. Other spots will be available for purchase.
The proceeds from the raffle will be donated to the SLO Food bank, and The Home Team is asking for donations of canned food as well. They’re describing non-perishable food items as an entry fee, but it’s more like a recommendation. The game is still free, and if you get there a couple hours early, you can check out all The Home Team has to offer.