Friday, October 7, 2022

The Grove: Never Been Busier on a Friday

A Grove-ful of tailgaters saving tent space at noon.  (photo taken by Andrew Bryant)
A Grove-ful of tailgaters saving tent space at noon. / Photo by Andrew Bryant

We Ole Miss students (and recent alumni) remember the joy we had at mere sight of red and blue garbage cans in the Grove Friday mornings. This Friday morning, the Grove welcomed more than the cans: College GameDay stage and determined tailgaters.
The Grove didn’t open until 9 a.m. Friday, but several students (and alumni) clogged the entrance of Walk of Champions until the Paris-Yates Chapel bells rang nine times. Within 30 minutes, the Grove was bustling with chatting tailgaters as they spied the College GameDay people preparing for tomorrow’s airing.
Awaiting the go-ahead from the UPD officer. (photo credit to journalism students Kristen Furr, Shakendra Taylor and Kera Whiteaker)
Awaiting the go-ahead from the UPD officer.
(Photo credit: journalism students Kristen Furr, Shakendra Taylor and Kera Whiteaker)

This picture was taken at exactly 9:30 a.m.  (credit: Andrew Bryant)
This picture was taken at exactly 9:30 a.m. / Photo by Andrew Bryant

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Students are camped out all over the Grove and surrounding areas to hold tents until 8 p.m. tonight. / Photo by Amelia Camurati

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The Grove opened at 9 a.m., and students rushed the 10-acre grassy area to hold spots for tents and be part of the ESPN College GameDay experience. / Photo by Amelia Camurati

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Students posed with the College GameDay bus. / Photo by Amelia Camurati

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Some students reserving tents will sit for hours, but hopefully they make a little money out of the gig. / Photo by Amelia Camurati

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Security and police officers are wandering the Grove to keep everyone in order for the next 36 hours. / Photo by Amelia Camurati

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The Alabama fans have finally made it to the Grove. / Photo by Amelia Camurati

HottyToddy.com reporter Samantha Mitchell is one of eight lucky student volunteers for the College GameDay. She spent this morning helping the Gameday staff set up the cameras.
A peek at the College Gameday preparation.  (credit: Andrew Bryant)
A peek at the College Gameday preparation. / Photo by Andrew Bryant

Samantha Mitchell sits pretty at the College Gameday desk.  (credit: Sam Mitchell)
Samantha Mitchell sits pretty at the College GameDay desk.

The Grove may be bustling but some tailgaters stretched out and enjoyed the bright sunny weather in the Grove. A couple even napped.
A tailgater stakes her claim.
A tailgater stakes her claim.

Holding a tent spot is hard work.
Holding a tent spot is hard work.

Some are too excited to sleep, preferring to bellow out Hotty Toddy for all to hear.

Not all Ole Miss fans need to have a tent to be Grove-ready for the Gameday. University of Mississippi alum Oscar Pope has a poster ready to flaunt for the Rebels behind the GameDay folks.
Oscar Pope is ready for College GameDay. Photo from Oscar Pope
Oscar Pope is ready for College GameDay. Photo from Oscar Pope

Callie Daniels is a reporter for HottyToddy.com. You can email her about this story at callie.daniels@hottytoddy.com. Amelia Camurati is managing editor and can be reached at amelia.camurati@hottytoddy.com.

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