CMU's Tailgate Central offers alternative tailgating for Clash at Kelly/Shorts

Block party outside of Events Center to offer live music and spirited activities
Tailgate Central at CMU
The Clash at Kelly/Shorts football game pitting the Central Michigan University Chippewas against the Michigan State University Spartans Sept. 8 is expected to set attendance records by bringing more than 32,000 fans into the stadium to tailgate and cheer on their favorite team. CMU’s University Recreation and the Office of Student Life have partnered together to offer alternative spirit-related activities for students and visitors to enjoy.
 
The 4th annual Tailgate Central is an alcohol-free game day tradition free for students who are looking for an alternative way to tailgate and show their CMU Chippewa spirit. Jennifer Nottingham, director of programs and administration, says the two departments have been working with CMU athletics, including the cheer team and basketball team, to make the event as exciting as possible.
 
The alternative tailgate beginning at 11 a.m. in front of the Events Center will offer free food, live entertainment from local band Ben Schuller Plus 3, game day activities, and spirit gear like face paint, tattoos and other free giveaways.
 
“This is a collaborative effort with the Office of Student Life for a program we already have that students are familiar with,” Nottingham said. “This is a safe zone for students to show their spirit, hang out with their friends and get ready for the game.”
 
Following Tailgate Central, students who were not able to get tickets to the game will still have the chance to watch the CMU Chippewas in action against the Spartans. The game will be broadcast on the big screen in the Events Center at 3 p.m.
 
Damon Brown, assistant director of student life, activities and promotions, says broadcasting the game in the Events Center will give students a chance to be a part of the stadium experience.
 
“It’s a great opportunity for students to watch the game and be out in the community even if they couldn’t get one of the 10,000 tickets,” Brown said.

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