University of South Carolina Gamecocks
All aboard the Cockaboose Railroad! Fifty yards from the entrance to Williams-Brice Stadium are twenty-two renovated cabooses placed on an unused railroad spur. First built in 1990, these game-day suites are privately owned and used to relax in style. They are identical on the outside: bright red, printed with “South Carolina Cockaboose Railroad,” and equipped with a rooftop deck. Inside, each is unique, from vintage charm to modern luxury. When one of the rare cabooses is back on the market, these unique “boxes” go for over $200,000. If you can’t swing an invitation aboard the Cockaboose Railroad, don’t worry—USC fans have you covered. Enthusiastic despite their unfortunate record, fans are busy digging into bacon-wrapped hot dogs and apple pie moonshine. A quick detour to the Horseshoe to see the gorgeous original campus is a must—just make it back before the game.
University of Iowa Hawkeyes
Visitors will enjoy the friendly atmosphere of Kinnick Stadium where the Iowa Hawkeyes defend their state and school against all comers. In some ways, this is a typical Midwestern tailgate—and that’s a good thing. There’s a sea of black-and-gold overalls, big trucks, grilled food, and cold drinks (no matter the weather). Iowa has a unique pregame prey, however. The Hawkeyes feast on “Big Ass Turkey Legs” the size of your calf. Best of all in this university town the party doesn’t stop when the game begins—the school allows postgame tailgating for a few hours, scheduled according to the kickoff time. Take your time and explore one of the best college “towns” in America, Iowa City, full of amazing museums, charming boulevards, and fall scenery.