September 29, 2016
Hours before the football game begins, students crowd around the fan van, jamming out and grilling burgers for the traditional tailgate. Students show up decked out in clothes that fit the week’s theme. People come together to celebrate with their fellow Red Knights and prepare to see BSM crush the competition.
At every home game, the tailgate starts at 5:15 and the festivities continue until game time. The tailgate includes all classic cookout hallmarks: bean bag toss, food and drinks galore, and blasting music. “I decided to have tailgates because when I was an underclassman, it was so special to have such strong school spirit at BSM,” senior Ben Scherer, who helps organize the tailgates, said.
At any given game, 75 to 100 people show up two hours early to get together and celebrate Benilde-St. Margaret’s. This unity in the BSM community, especially around homecoming, helps show freshmen the extent of our community here at BSM. It shows them that our community can be a home to them. “It’s nice to see all the underclassmen at the tailgate, and it serves as a good example to them that you can have fun at school without being stupid,” Scherer said.