Alumni Association to host tailgates at 3 away football games

Mercerians gather at an Alumni and Friends Tailgate at Auburn in 2017. Photo by Christopher Ian Smith

Mercer football fans who can’t make it to a home game this year will have three opportunities to tailgate with their fellow Mercerians when the Bears are on the road.

The Mercer Alumni Association is hosting its annual Alumni and Friends Tailgates for the Bears’ matchups at Auburn on Sept. 3, Wofford on Oct. 1, and the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga on Oct. 22.

The tailgates are a great way for alumni and friends, especially those who live outside of Georgia, to reconnect with their friends and Mercer, said Jill Kinsella, associate vice president of alumni services and executive director of the Alumni Association.

Not everyone can make it back to campus for Homecoming, so “we meet them where they are,” she said. The tailgates usually attract a couple hundred people.

“You can expect to see alumni from several generations,” said Sharon Lim Harle, assistant vice president for alumni services and university special events, who is organizing the Auburn tailgate. “There will be lots of food, fun and laughter.”

The Auburn tailgate, which features a barbecue buffet, is 3-5 p.m. Central Daylight Time. Then, those with game tickets will head to the stadium for a 6 p.m. CDT kickoff.

“We are supporting our men on the field,” Harle said. “They’ve worked really hard to get here.”

Tickets to the Auburn tailgate are $35 for the buffet plus wine and beer or $20 for the buffet only. Both tickets include non-alcoholic drinks.

Those interested in attending the tailgate should register online by 10 a.m. Aug. 29.

Details for the Wofford and UTC tailgates are still being finalized. Visit for additional information.


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