Get Ready For A Fun Pregame Day!
Pregame festivities are one of the most fun and exciting aspects of game day… and college! Most students will drink before they go out to a game because we all know that one corona light at the stadium costs about $15. Us students are balling on a budget so if you are anything like my friends and me, you will want to know about all the best IU pre-game spots. If the football game is early in the afternoon, it almost becomes a tradition to wake up early and have brunch and mimosas before going out and about in the town. I promise a big, filling breakfast is absolutely necessary on game days. Yes, waking up at the crack of dawn is a struggle, but having a game to look forward to makes it way easier.
Assuming that you are 21+, there are plenty of great bars to go to around Bloomington. I hope you like crowds though because on game days, everyone is out and about and ready to cheer for the Hoosiers! I advise arriving at the bars in your favorite crimson and cream attire to get in the game-day spirit. Kilroys on Kirkwood is definitely one of the best bars to start off the day. There are countless TVs which make it so you won’t miss one second of the game. Even though you probably wouldn’t miss it due to all the cheering and screaming anyways! The Upstairs Pub is also a spot you will want to check out for some ice-cold beer and immaculate vibes.
When the family is in town, going to the games and having the full pre-game experience is definitely a must! Opie Taylors is a great place to get bar bites and drinks while watching the game with your family in a more relaxed setting. Have your family partake in all of the Hoosier traditions and bring them to the Hoosier room in the upstairs of Nick’s English Hut. Both of these bars have such fun, energizing atmospheres, perfect to get your family in spirit for the football game!
Drinks can get somewhat expensive in the stadium, so we recommend drinking before. A lot of families also will choose to tailgate outside of the stadium surrounding their cars which is a great time. The stadium offers ample parking and most people like to set up their game-day tents and gear hours before kickoff. You will be among a sea of cornhole games, BBQs, IU flags, crimson, and cream decor, and let’s not forget, good drinks and good people!
No matter what plans you decide on for your game day pregaming, please make sure that your transportation plans are made first. Walk or take the bus to the stadium, have a designated driver to and from the game, or use uber services. And, for some great Hoosier gear, check out our blog on Gameday attire for parents and students. Pass on these great tips, tell your friends and like us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest. Find out more about how to use HaveUHeard as a great resource. Sign up for other great tips at haveuheard.com.