Football fans unable to travel to see their teams play let the games come to them on Saturday for the Gridiron Beer Fest, complete with tailgating and plenty of beer. This was the first event held at the Johnson Hagood Stadium that wasn’t a Citadel home game, although many Citadel fans showed up to watch the USC vs. Citadel game on the Jumbotron. Later in the day, the Clemson vs. N.C. State game was also broadcast live, and floods of orange and garnet took over the stands.
When not cheering on their teams, football fans had a chance to sample more than 40 craft beers from local distributors. “This is a great way to use the stadium during the off season,” said Danny Johnson, one of the beer sample distributors. “Everyone’s been having a good time eating, drinking, and watching the big games outside. It’s like going to a bar to watch the game — only better.”
The crowd started tapering off in the late afternoon as the temperature dropped, and several vendors started packing up two hours before the scheduled end time. Hopefully future tailgating parties held at the Citadel stadium will be able to gain more traction. Proceeds from the event went toward the Wounded Warrior Project and the American Widow Project.