We asked what brought you out to tailgate before Mercer Universitys game Saturday (and if you think youll do it again). Heres what you had to say:
Steve Ward: Number one, my son plays on the team, so were excited. We live right here in Macon so its kind of nice to have a college game.
Jim Barfield: My son is one of the coaches. We got here Thursday.
Sharon Will: Were here visiting our daughter. She and her partner graduated from Mercer 10, 12 years ago. ... This is a lot of fun. We love to tailgate.
Chris Heape: Mostly just to hang out, to be a part of the opening, inaugural day for the new team. And my fiancés cousin is playing for the team so I just wanted to be here for him too. ... I live here, so Ill probably come out whenever these guys come out.
Gregg Fitzgibbons: We probably got here around 4, 4:30 yesterday. ... Im an alumni. Number one, my nephew plays on the team, John Garrett Abernathy. Those are the main reasons. We just want to be a part of it.
Lee Folsom: I wanted to be here today because of the tradition, being able to enjoy friendship and fellowship with friends that I havent seen since I graduated 20 years ago. And that fun is a tradition that I hope continues in the years to come. ... This is part of why we came back today, from the standpoint that we graduated from Mercer that didnt have a football team. Now that we have a football team, it gives us a reason to come back in the fall even before basketball, gives us something to rally around. So were looking forward to many, many more occasions like this."
John Fair: Its the first game in 70 years. I havent seen these guys in 20 years, starting brand new traditions or restarting old traditions. I loved my time here and Im hoping to enjoy more Saturdays here.
Gillian Arquisola: Honestly, we have a lot of alumni here from my fraternity (Lambda Chi Alpha). We havent seen them in a long time, so its just a great way to basically have fellowship, gather together. ... I dont know when, but we will (tailgate again) as a group for the fraternity.
Kay Kelly: I love Mercer. Im from Mississippi, Im an Ole Miss fan, but I grew up knowing Kirby Godsey, the past president, so Im here for the return of football.
George Harvey: To support the Bears! I just love football and we bought season tickets and Im gonna be here every game I can. ... Im going to (tailgate) every game that I can.
Elaine Harvey: I wanted to be here cause (husband George Harvey) has been pumped up about this ever since this thing started. Everything in our house has turned orange. And were just thrilled that Macons got a football team, that we actually have a college team here in Macon. I think its great for the city. This is the biggest thing thats happened in I cant even tell you the last time. Were just thrilled to be here.
Paula Marshall: My son plays football, hes No. 1, Jordan Marshall. Hes on the team.
Susan Milam: I just have always wanted to tailgate. I love college football, and Ive never lived in a town that had it and I didnt go to a college that had it. And my children didnt. So Im really excited.
Jeffrey Holmes: Its the first football game Mercer has had in 72 years. Youre not going to miss the first football game. I go to Mercer and I want to support my school. Everyone is going to be there.
Lauren Williams: It is the first game that Mercer has had in a long time and I thought it would be awesome to go since they built the new stadium. There are all these new football players, so its pretty exciting and there is a lot of school spirit on campus. It feels like we are all one big happy Mercerian family.
Ifedinma Orizu: I am tailgating today because I want to have fun and be a little tipsy. I just want to have fun. I will definitely tailgate again in the future.
Chase Dubois: I am here because I want to be a part of something that is bigger than myself. I love social interactions. I like to hang out with people.
Cory Adams: Its a historic event that I want to be a part of. I can tell my grandchildren about it.
Bruna Rodriguez: Were making history and having fun.
Colton Mattei: To celebrate the first football game in 72 years. I love it! I got to meet a bunch of alumni and I am really excited to be here.
Alex Baird: I wanted to have a good time at Mercer University and I knew that this was the right place to be. I really think that football season goes hand in hand with tailgating. I think that tailgating is a pretty crucial part to going to a football game. Everyone loves tailgating.
Sidney Jones: I want to be involved with campus life and to learn what Mercer is all about.
Chris Coney: I love being a part of campus life and I love how Mercer is growing more and more.
-- Center for Collaborative Journalism students Jane Hammond and Krista Holden contributed to this report.