Tailgating with one Toyota 4Runner, six Cowboy-themed lawn chairs, one grill, one cooler and one radio. Serving up hot dogs and bratwurst. Sipping on Coors Light, Fat Tire and margaritas.
Away from the pandemonium south of the stadium, small groups of tailgaters parked and partied in what was once a neighborhood but is now a sprawling gravel parking lot. OSU plans to turn the area into an athletic village. On Saturday, it was eerily quiet for a game day. "It's just a little too crowded over there," tailgater Christine Jones said of the tailgating bonanza south of the stadium. Jones, 43, her husband and two other couples who lounged behind a 4Runner on Saturday are all OSU graduates, but none live in Oklahoma anymore. They have tried to meet in Stillwater at least once a football season for the past 19 years, said Jones, who now lives in Denver. "It's funny being here. Me and my husband actually met at a small party at a friends' house that used to be right over there somewhere," Jones said, pointing toward the vast emptiness north of the stadium. Jones' called her group's tailgating setup "old-fashioned." They popped open the tailgate on the SUV, put a cooler and a radio in the back and unfolded a few lawn chairs. Cooking was done on a charcoal grill small enough to put in a back seat. "We did the tents and the big tailgates for a while. It's just too much work," Jones said. "Tickets aren't what I'd call a bargain now, so we're keeping the pregame simple and spending our money on the game."