UNL student carries on family tailgate tradition

  • Alexa Allgood, a UNL student, talks with other tailgate-goers. Allgood and her roommates organized the tailgate. Photo: Wellesley Michael, NewsNetNebraska

Audio, Photo and Story by Wellesley Michael, NewsNetNebraska

Growing up, she always went to her family’s tailgate. Now, she has started one of her own.

Alexa Allgood, a student at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, is living off campus for the first time this year. She wanted to “create a fun space for her friends to hangout before the game,” Allgood said.

Before the Illinois game, Allgood and her three roommates put out a big spread of food for their friends, Allgood said. They grilled hot dogs, and had chips and dessert. According to Allgood, Food is important to the tailgate. Every week the menu changes. Sometimes their friends bring food to share too.

Cassidy Becklun, Allgood’s roommate, said she was surprised how much work goes into hosting a tailgate.

“The hardest part is making enough food for everyone,” Becklun said, “Clean up isn’t fun either.”

Becklun and Allgood expect at least 15 people to come by every game day. They don’t limit the tailgate to just friends. Allgood said her parents, who drive from Gretna to the games, normally stop by. Allgood’s mother brings food to share.

The tailgate is something their friends and family look forward to every week.

“After a long week it’s nice to spend time relaxing with friends,” said tailgate-goer Claire Meyer. “My schedule gets really hectic so the tailgate is my time to see what everyone has been up to that week.”

Allgood said she hopes to continue hosting tailgates every year, “I grew up growing to tailgates with my family. I want that tradition to continue.”

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