September 7, 2013
Tailgating is a staple at most college football games, and UVa is no different. Jay Barbee has been a 'Hoo fan for around 30 years, and he, and some friends have been tailgating for just about as long.
He helps to organize a group called 'Hoos in the Ditch, which tailgates every home UVa football game. The game on Saturday against the Oregon Ducks is no different.
"It's not only football, it's being around your friends and seeing everybody. We have a really good group here," says Barbee.
"Jay is just an amazing guy, he loves hosting people," says frequent Ditch tailgater Anthony Herring.
Their iconic sign is set up near the intersection of Stadium and Alderman roads, so many who come to games from that direction see the sign, so many in the group feel they need to represent the school fandom well.
Kelly Forman has been tailgating with the group for the past six years, and now he and Jay have joined forces to organize on game day. Forman gets to games sometimes as early as 9:30 in the morning for a 3:30 p.m. game.
Forman says it's all for the love of the game, and hanging out with friends.
"It's not work at all to me. I could get here at 7 a.m., I could get here the day before, I don't care. We love every minute, from the setup to the breakdown, to everything in between."
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