Although we live in Ohio, my husband and I are huge fans of the University of Michigan Wolverines. We, along with my husband's parents, are proud season ticket holders and sport our maize and blue every Saturday during the college football season. Our pre-game traditions are pretty simple, but are a staple for a great game day. We arrive in Ann Arbor, Michigan, around 3-4 hours prior to kickoff. We park in the same parking lot, in the exact same spot when possible, and my mother-in-law pulls out an extravagant tailgate lunch that she carefully packed, and is somehow still hot even after a 4.5 hour drive.
Once we're done with lunch, we walk the mile long walk to the Big House, as close to when the gates open as possible, and take in all of the sights and sounds of gameday – the warm-ups, the music, and all of the other traditions. Game day just isn't game day without these traditions. Some of my best memories with my husband are from these weekends in Ann Arbor, dating clear back to when we were just boyfriend and girlfriend.
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