For high school friends, Cornhusker tailgating changes over time
Story by Cahner Olson and Nela Krawiecova
They have been tailgating together since high school. Now, there is less beer and more juice boxes.
“We have four families here this Saturday morning and more people are coming later,” says Brandie Vasek, who has been friends with these people since high school. “The majority of the people who come to our tailgate are high school or college friends. Now our kids are growing up together, so that’s how we know everyone.”
For Vasek and husband Chris, tailgating is a reason to get together with their closest friends, have some good food, and hopefully watch some good football.
But before that, they have to set up everything.
“We used to have an RV but we sold it out last week, so we are looking for something new to put in our tailgating spot,” said Ben Nelson, Vasek’s friend who recently moved back to Lincoln from Minneapolis.
Despite the fact that these high school friends all went to different colleges, the football season always brought them back together for the weekends.
Once the grill is heated, they prepare brats, throw around a football with the kids and usually do a poll on what the score will be. Right before the game they leave their spot and move in to Memorial Stadium.
“I think people are little more depressed when the Huskers are losing but I don’t think it deters them from having fun and actually coming down and tailgating. The environment inside the stadium changes a lot but outside stays pretty similar,” Nelson said.