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Photo by Rod Aydelotte

It’s hot in Texas in September. Heck, it’s still toasty in the Lone Star State through most of October. But that’s also the start of the football season.

So when McLane Stadium was built on the banks of the Brazos River, fans and athletic officials knew than tailgating wouldn’t be the only option. There would be sailgating — floating in the river prior to or during a game. Many swimsuit-wearing sailgaters have and jumped into the water when it got just too hot.

Of course, you have to either own a boat or have a friend with one. Several Baylor fans with homes along the Brazos have made that trip down the river for Bears games.

The Bearmada, a group of alumni, fans and friends who sailgate at every home football game in front of McLane Stadium, was established in 2014 and has an excellent website that details the concept and provides information.

ONLINE: bearmada.org

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