Tailgating in Fayetteville, Arkansas for Gators!
GatorTailgating.com is doing a series of articles on where and how to tailgate at all of the Gator Football away games. This is the third part of our series detailing where and what to look out for in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Go Gators!
1. Where are the good and bad areas of town for motels to stay in the night before/after the big game?
Fayetteville doesn't have a bad part of town, but doesn’t have that many hotels either. You may have to stay as far away as Springsdale, Rogers, Bella Vista, Bentonville, or even Fort Smith to get a room if you book close to October. By the way, the visiting team usually stays at the Holiday Inn in Springdale if you want a good chance at seeing the team and coaches before/after the game.
2. What are some attractions in Fayetteville that a visitor shouldn't miss? (i.e. nightclubs, bars, theme parks, tourist attractions, etc.)
For the family tailgating groups, you shouldn’t miss the Wal-Mart Museum in Bentonville. That’s the main tourist attraction in the area. As for the younger groups looking for bars and nightclubs, you’ll be set on Dickson Street (DicksonSt.com). You can check out Brewski’s, The Electric Cowboy, and Hog Haus Brewing Company; which are all fun places to party. Brewski’s has a very extensive beer selection. The Electric Cowboy (ElectricCowboy.com) is a country nightclub with a dance floor, pool tables, and tons of beautiful women. Hog Haus Brewing is a restaurant/bar where you can try original brews that you can’t find anywhere else.
3. Where should a visiting fan go to eat before leaving Hogville?
People in Arkansas love to eat, and that’s why you won’t want to miss a meal while visiting the Fayetteville area. Anything you find on Dickson Street will taste great, but don’t forget these places in particular: Mamma Dean's on South College (Soul Food), Oseguera's in Springdale (Tex-Mex), Powerhouse Seafood (powerhouseseafoodandgrill.com), Doe’s on Dickson Street for a good steak (doeseatplace.net), and Herman’s Ribhouse (HermansRibhouse.com)
4. Is there an area or a part of Fayetteville that the visiting fans usually congregate/tailgate/park? If so, any address or directions on how to get there would be a big help. If visiting fans usually spread out all around the stadium, help us by telling us where the best area to tailgate is with the most room.
The best place to go unless you’re tailgating at the crack of dawn is Baum Stadium. If you’re early enough, you’ll have your pick of about any spot around campus . As you get closer to game time though, the good parking spots will decrease in number and increase in price.
If you don’t mind tailgating away from where you actually park your vehicle, I highly recommend The Gardens. It is similar to the way Ole Miss’ famous Grove is set up, but not near as famous. It's completely free and fairly close to the stadium. There are public restrooms, free parking near Fayetteville High School if you arrive early enough, tons of room to toss around a football, and Bud Walton arena is steps away if you want to pop in and check it out. You'll have to arrive early to unload your things and carry them out to your spot because the streets around campus start closing down 3 hours before kick off. The Gardens is located right at the corner of US 62 (6th Street) and Razorback Road. You can't miss it. It is also a short walk away from a liquor store if you run out of beer, liquor, or ice, which adds a nice plus.
5. How much should we expect to pay for a parking spot (preferrably unblocked so there's enough room to setup tents, tables, and a grill to tailgate) ?
The parking spots range from $20-35 depending on how close you get to the stadium. There is free parking, although the proverb of the early bird getting the worm holds true in this case too.
6. Are there any special rules we should know about tailgating on or off campus, open-container policies we should be forewarned about, or anything of the sort?
You'll be okay if you don't go over the top. Supposedly, there is a no open-container policy on campus and a no smoking policy on campus, however it doesn't seem to be strictly enforced. Keep your drinks in cups though to be safe since you are the visiting team and may find an officer with a grudge left over from the 2006 SEC Championship Game.
7. Are there any game day traditions we shouldn’t miss while in Fayetteville?
As long as you’re in the stadium 45 minutes before kickoff, you’ll see most of our traditions. There is the Razorback Walk at the North End of the stadium about two hours prior to kickoff too, but it isn’t as big as other SEC teams’ walks. The live mascot for the University of Arkansas is named Tusk. He is a Russian boar that closely resembles a wild razorback hog and weighs in at approximately 400 pounds. Tusk attends all home Razorback football games, so you can check him out before the game, which is pretty cool.
8. Is there anything else we should know before heading to Fayetteville to tailgate?
Razorback fans very unlike other SEC teams that have rude and obnoxious fans. Although every team has a couple that get out of hand, for the most part, the Razorbacks will treat their visitors like family (unless you happen to be a Texas fan). Feel free to tailgate next to them, drink with them, and have a great time while in Fayetteville. You may hear an occasional calling of the hogs (Wooooo! Pig! Sooie!) before game time, but just remember it’s better than listening to toothless hillbillies sing “Rocky Top” or the Seminole Warchant music. GO GATORS!
For more information about tailgating in Fayetteville, please visit Hogville.net, SECTalk.com (where we obtained most of this information from their users and past experiences), and ExperienceFayetteville.com.
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