The drive-in movie theater has been replaced by driving moving theaters, but until someone figures out how to fit a live football game into the back of a minivan, one of McDaniel College’s greatest traditions is in no grave danger.
For as long as there have been cars, there have been cars overlooking the gridiron here on the Hill. It’s just sort of how we do football at McDaniel. From Model T’s to SUV’s, Hoffa Field and Kenneth R. Gill Stadium at McDaniel College has long provided college football’s most unique game-day venue. That unique "drive-in" stadium tradition continues with the all-new Kenneth R. Gill Stadium, meaning the tradition of Green Terror tailgaters not being confined to the pre-game parking lot continues. In fact, our pre-game tailgates last right up until the final gun.
It is not uncommon to see pickup trucks, beds down to the wheels under the weight of grills, sofas and students, backed right up to the edge of the hill that encircles the field at Bair Stadium. The gates open early allowing family, friends, alumni and others to get their charcoal hot long before kickoff.
The fan-friendly confines provide an atmosphere unmatched in college football. From families (often with dogs in tow) spread out on blankets, to fraternities spread out above their letters scrawled across the hillside, Gill Stadium is Maryland’s most welcoming football destination on any fall Saturday. It is for this reason, The Weather Channel named us the No. 6 Top Tailgating school in the nation during a 2011 special.
When you arrive at Gill Stadium, keep in mind that admission to the game is free if you elect to walk in; however, we do charge $10 if you wish to drive down into the bowl. The gate opens three hours before kickoff.
While the college does not reserve individual tailgating space at Gill Stadium for visiting team spectators, a general area is available at the scoreboard end of the field for visitors.
For a photo gallery of the game day atmosphere, click here.
All we ask in return...
...is that you remain respectful of those around you and employ common sense. Please keep your pets leashed (and clean up after them), obey all traffic signs and Maryland laws pertinent to the consumption of alcohol and remove your car from the stadium 45 minutes after the conclusion of the game.