As all the Aggies leaving the stadium told us, she must be a good luck charm. We sure think so.
Grandma Atteberry purchased everything needed to make Aggie spirit overalls, so our sweet future Ag could represent.
Exhibiting such diehard Aggie spirit does take its toll though--2 naps were definitely necessary.
As for the game experience, the Gamecocks have a beautiful stadium (green arrow), and an incredible park for tailgating. It is only 3 years old. They made this gated park that is almost all gorgeous green grass and has really nice brick building restrooms (blue arrow) throughout. You pay for an assigned space that includes a parking space and a tailgating spot, so you tailgate at your car. It is really nice.
We also experienced a very confounding phenomenon for us Aggies. As soon as the 4th quarter began, Gamecock fans started leaving the stadium in steady streams until the stadium looked like this in the middle of the 4th quarter:
The stands had been 100% full. To an Aggie, this is unspeakable. We would rather stand in the sweltering heat watching our team get slaughtered than be hailed as a 2% fan when leaving early (and early to an Aggie would be leaving with 5 minutes left in a game where we are losing by 50+ points). In fact, at the end of the game, the stands looked like this:
Note the almost completely full Aggie section (almost because we did have some Gamecocks sitting in our section) and the completely empty Gamecock section. Us Aggies didn't know how to respond other than to take pictures to share with our fellow Aggies not at the game because we knew they would not fathom this without visual evidence.
All in all, I really enjoy away games. It is fun to see how others do college football. And I think Lottie would consider her first Aggie football game a success--even if she was pretty pooped by the end.
We all had an incredible time and will be looking forward to bringing her again in 2 years.