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Maverick fans happy to be tailgating before football games again

Published: Sep. 2, 2021 at 9:42 PM CDT|Updated: Sep. 2, 2021 at 11:00 PM CDT
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MANKATO, Minn. (KEYC) - MSU fans, college students they’re all joining together rain or shine for MSU’s first game.

Last year because of the pandemic they didn’t get to tailgate and so, now they are back and better than ever.

The rain didn’t stop MSU football fans from coming and supporting the squad as they take on NSIC opponent Northern State.

Spirits were high in the tailgate lots, especially from MSU students.

“I am so glad to be back for everything, we loved hockey last year. Most of all, but I am glad to be back for Football and everything,” MSU Herd leader Cameron Mathis said.

A lot of these students haven’t gotten the full college experience due to the pandemic.

“We were really starting to pick up speed then you know Covid happened and everything just kind of stopped. It was just a halt and then the next year, nothing,” Mathis added.

Now they are just trying to pack in as much as possible.

“Covid cut us off from baseball and softball. I am ready to experience all of the sports Mankato has,” MSU Herd leader Collin Jutting stated.

Especially a student led organization called ‘The Herd’.

Their main objective is to bring the noise to any and every MSU sporting event.

“We’re obviously good at a lot of sports, but we’ve had an attendance problem. So, if we have a group of kids who are at every single game it makes it fun for other students to come out and impact it. Which will make it more fun in the long run,” Jutting explained.

Fans were outside or near Blakslee hours before the game, which just shows the dedication and love that the MSU community has for their athletics.

Right now I am located in lot seven for the tailgate, this is the one closest to the stadium.

There is also one across the way, lot twenty. Overall, everyone is just excited and happy to be back celebrating MSU and their first home game.

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