By Jonathan Langer–Contributing Writer
Tailgating will now be permitted for the two remaining home games of the West Liberty Hilltoppers’ regular season.
Tailgating will be allowed in the parking lot behind the ASRC, with rules similar to those imposed during the annual Homecoming game. Alcohol will be permitted for use by those of legal age. The festivities will begin at approximately 11 a.m. on Nov. 7 and will continue throughout the rest of the game.
Officials hope the tailgating festivities will help draw further support for the West Liberty football program. It will provide alumni, students and staff with a chance to celebrate the team’s success.
Student Government Association President Shane Stack explained, “Some people had asked me why we can’t tailgate at all football games. I then proceeded to ask the administration if we could and they approved it.”
Historically, large turnouts partake in the tailgating activities offered for West Liberty’s annual Homecoming game.
“Hopefully it will bring more people out to the games and we will have more of an atmosphere like we do at the Homecoming and the Alumni Bowl games,” Stack added.
West Liberty is currently enjoying one of their most memorable seasons in recent history, following a stunning upset of the #10 Division II-ranked Charleston Golden Eagles. The Hilltoppers hold a 9-1 record on the season; including an unblemished 7-0 standing in West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference play.
Their season’s sole loss was their opener at Edinboro, a nationally-ranked and extremely talented club. West Liberty has since climbed the rankings to hold down the #12 spot nationally, topping the WVIAC. With their recent victory over Seton Hill, this capable group has also clinched their first outright conference championship since 1971.
Numerous tailgating activities such as grilling and cornhole will likely accompany West Liberty’s final games of the regular season, as fans continue to cheer on their Toppers.