We went to a big-time college football game in Texas and it proved it is still better than sitting at home

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With the influx of 60-inch, high-definition televisions and sports bars with 50 TVs on every corner, sports teams have to get more creative to keep fans coming to the games.

We recently attended the much-anticipated Texas-USC game in Austin, and it is clear, there is still nothing like going to the game, and experiencing the pre-game festivities and excitement with thousands of other people.

At the University of Texas, one thing they have added is a large school-run tailgating experience outside of the stadium with everything the fans need, and more. Take a tour below.


We must be in the right place.

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Welcome to college football, Texas style.

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While traditional tailgating can be found in plenty of places, we were more interested in the new tailgate outside of the stadium run by the school, “Bevo Blvd.”

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It is a block-long tailgate on the side of the stadium, and it has everything you need without having to set up your own tailgate or crash somebody else’s tailgate.

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There were giant TVs showing live games across the country.

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Let’s go check in on the huge LSU-Auburn game.

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There were tons of food trucks with any local taste you have a hunger for.

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it’s Texas, so, of course, there was BBQ.

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There was even an In-N-Out.

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Most importantly, there were plenty of beer vendors. Each of those gentlemen in blue shirts was selling beer, and at reasonable prices (for a football game). It was $US5 for a 16-ounce domestic.

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There were places to just hang out and set your beverage or food of choice.

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The weather threatened, but outside of a brief 5-minute rain just before the game, we stayed dry.

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This was a popular shirt at the game.

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There were games for kids and adults. Throw a football in one of the holes and get a prize.

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There were plenty of things for kids also.

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A bouncy house.

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You are not going to find inflatable slides at most tailgates.

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Another football-throwing challenge. This one is sneaky entertaining if you get there for somebody who attempts this after a few beers.

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This guy was a hit.

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And, of course, there were places to buy gear for the game.

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Before the game, the Texas band arrived.

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But the star of the show was the arrival of the Longhorns’ live mascot, Bevo XV.

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“Bevo! Bevo! Quick question!”

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Bevo was unloaded and the fans went nuts.

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He was then paraded into the stadium.

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These USC fans found a bizarrely realistic inflatable Bevo.

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Still two hours before the game, it became clear that this was the place to be.

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They even have a stage with live music in another area called, “Longhorn City Limits,” a reference to the popular local music festival, “Austin City Limits.” Unfortunately, we stopped by when it was raining and the music had briefly halted.

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This is Austin, so it didn’t take us long to find some live music close by.

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Once inside the stadium, there was more local culture. The Salt Lick is a BBQ joint about 20 minutes south of town and is a must-visit if you are in Austin. Or just go to a football game.

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The University of Texas is the latest team to introduce more fan-friendly concession prices.

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It’s almost game time.

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There was a time when TV broadcasts did a better job of showing the school bands. it is easy to forget how impressive the show can be if you don’t go to the games.

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The crowd is ready and the fans were electric all night.

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So was Matthew McConaughey. Hook Em!

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After a slow start, Texas surged back for a big win that might have signalled the start of their return to dominance. The win certainly helped, as most of the fans were in a good mood, but it was clear, there is still nothing like being at a big-time sporting event.

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Now check out the swanky locker room used by the Longhorns football team.

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The University of Texas spent $US7 million remodeling their football locker room and the results are jaw-dropping

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