Big Ten Network show visits East Lansing
If you only had 48 hours to spend on MSU’s campus, what would you do?
Big Ten Network sent the hosts of Tailgate 48, Jason Zone Fisher and Alex Curry, to answer that question and take in the full MSU experience during their two day visit.
Now in its second season, the show focuses on how to spend the best 48 hours possible on each Big Ten campus.
On Friday the crew visited shops and restaraunts that are popular destinations for students and East Lansing residents, including Conrad’s College Town Grill and Wanderer’s Teahouse & Cafe.
The hosts interviewed MSU football head coach Mark Dantonio on Friday afternoon about the Notre Dame game, and Curry had the opportunity to play with one of MSU’s favorite half time performers.
“I got to play with Zeke (the Wonder Dog) and throw the Frisbee around,” Curry said with excitement.
The show airs on Wednesday nights on the Big Ten Network at 6, 7:30 and 11 p.m. with reruns playing throughout the week.
After playing with Zeke, Tailgate 48 took their show to the MSU Dairy Store on Farm lane. Zone Fisher and Curry interacted with guests and tasted the Big Ten themed ice cream flavors, livening up the atmosphere for the dozens of people who strolled in to the shop.
“Having the Big Ten Network here, it has been really cool and interesting,” said Dairy Store server Alex Mallory, a sophomore communications major. “It has been a great way of quizzing me to see if i know my ice cream flavors or not.”
After sleeping off the ice cream, the crew woke up and headed to the slew of tailgates on Saturday before the football game. Zone Fisher and Curry visited the tailgate parties to give viewers a feel for the atmosphere of the campus hours before the football team kicked off against Notre Dame.
During the game the cameras were rolling on the sidelines to give the viewers “an field access pass,” Curry said.
“We will be giving (the viewers) a feel for the environment on the field with the cheerleaders, fans and alumni that come back to watch the game,” Curry said.
Their visit to East Lansing was Tailgate 48’s third stop of the season. They have also filmed at Ohio State University and University of Iowa, and plan to visit Penn State University next weekend.
“This school has so much pride and spirit,” Curry said. “We have just been walking around trying to find different fans and different people involved with the school, and everyone has been so positive and so welcoming.”