Around 1,000 spectators are expected at the homecoming game this Saturday, according to alum Gordon Cox ‘85, president of the football program’s
“I usually arrive on campus on game days about eight in the morning,” Cox said. “I have a volunteer staff that helps set up. We have parents bring sides, chips, desserts, drinks and we supply all the grilled meats.”
The Touchdown Club was founded in the early 1990s to give Franklin College alumni, friends and families the opportunity to engage with each other.
“I have been to many other Division III sites and no one comes close to our game days,” Cox said.
Emily Wood ‘95, assistant director of alumni engagement and secretary of the Touchdown Club, said she didn’t see much tailgating as a student except for homecoming.
“The fact that there is even a tailgating presence at Franklin College is a big change,” Wood said. “I often tell alumni if they haven’t been back to campus for a game, they would be very surprised to see how many people tailgate.”
As a transfer student, Junior split end Deontez Alexander said he never saw students or fans participate in tailgates like Franklin.
“It makes us hype and we have people to perform for,” Alexander said.
Kappa Delta Rho President Ryan Jones said his fraternity will pitch a tent at homecoming.
“You don’t have to be a part of an organization to tailgate—simply have quality fun with friends or family,” Jones said. “Our main focus for our tailgates is for our alumni and active members.”
Tailgating is another function on campus where many people get out, play a variety of games and support the football team.
“Different organizations can get together for a common reason and the football games are a great reason,” Willoughby said. “It’s always a good time.”