Buses to chairs, Nebraska fans have unique ways to tailgate
By Tanner Westerholt, NewsNetNebraska
Mike Macholan has been attending Nebraska games since 1996, but after acquiring an old school bus eight years ago, he decided it was time to try the other football tradition – tailgating.
Now he’s hooked.
“If you’re a football fan, you have to tailgate,” he said.
Macholan has a strong message
Decked out with surround sound speakers, built-in grill, a refrigerator and a 50-inch television with satellite cable, Macholan’s bus is truly the definition of tailgating. It takes him about four hours to get the bus ready every Saturday to make hot dogs and hamburgers to all who pass by. When Nebraska football hits the road, Macholan is right behind.
Origin of the Bus
Every home game in Lincoln, the streets will be filled with vehicles designed to tailgate like Macholan’s bus, but many tailgaters have chosen to take a more simple approach. Experiencing the tailgating tradition for the first time, Dave Mabes and his wife would rather sit in lawn chairs and drink a few beverages next to their vehicle before kickoff.
“We drive all the way from Scottsbluff every home game, so we rather sit and relax before the game rather then worry about other things,” Mabes said.