The idea of the Lehigh Tailgate Report is to provide a fun report on what to expect at the game, or not at the game, for this week's upcoming game.
If you're planning to go to the game, great! It's at Villanova Stadium this Saturday evening at 6:00PM. If you've got questions on how to get there, scroll below.
If you can't make it to the game, it is available to watch or listen in a variety of ways.
The local radio broadcast, which starts an hour before kickoff and sets the table for the game, can be caught on your AM dial on Fox Sports Radio AM 1230 or 1320. Matt Kerr, Matt Markus, and Steve Lomangino are on the call this Saturday.
Through internet radio, the pregame, game, and postgame can be streamed through TuneIn or just simply going to the LVFoxSports.com webpage.
This Saturday, the Lehigh/Villanova live video game stream is available through FLO Sports. If you're already a Lehigh wrestling fan, you're in luck, most likely - FLO Sports is the service that streams many Lehigh wrestling away matches.
If you're not, a "monthly subscription" fee of $19.99 is required to watch it.
This weekend's Lehigh game is the only game all season that will require any sort of fee to watch. All Lehigh home games and Patriot League games are on Patriot League Network (free), and the only other game on the schedule, UC Davis, will be available on Pluto.TV, another free streaming service.
Weather ReportAs much as I love a crisp, fall day for football, Saturday's weather forecast at Villanova calls for a somewhat chilly low of 58 as temperatures descend at night.
The kickoff will be terrific, and the sunset beautiful, but bring a coat.
(NOTE: LFN is not responsible if the sunset provided by Villanova is not as beautiful as the sunset depicted here.)
How To Get To VillanovaGoogle directions from your starting point to Villanova Stadium.
From the West: Take the Pennsylvania Turnpike to Exit 24 (Valley Forge/Route 76). Take Route 76 East to the Gulph Mills Exit. At the bottom of the exit ramp, turn right onto Route 320-South. Take that down to Route 30, and make a left. Follow Rt. 30 East until you get to the stadium.
From the South: Take I-95 North to exit 7, the I-476 (the Blue Route) Interchange. Continue on I-476 North to exit 13, St. David/Villanova (US Rt. 30). Follow Rt. 30 East until you get to the stadium.
From the North and East: Take the NJ Turnpike to exit 6, the PA Turnpike. Continue on the PA Turnpike to the I-476 (the Blue Route) Interchange. Follow I-476 South to exit 13, St. David/Villanova (US Rt. 30). Follow Rt. 30 East until you get to the stadium.
Villanova does have a SEPTA station from Philly, but it is about 1/2 a mile walk from there to the stadium.
Tailgating at VillanovaHere are the tailgating rules at Villanova. Radnor police are notorious sticklers at Villanova football games, so if you decide to go be cognizant that you'll need to abide by the rules. The A-2 parking lot is where everything is, but parking there is more expensive. The I-2 parking garage is an alternative place to park and get to the game, but no tailgating is permitted there.
A popular attraction at Villanova Stadium is the kids zone, which is open prior to kickoff and until halftime of the game. The kids zone is now located in the east end zone near the scoreboard.
Villanova is one venue where alcohol sales are permitted. "Alcohol selections in the stadium will include Miller Lite, Leinenkugel's Summer Shandy, Philly Yards and Grapefruit Spritzer," they specify. "Mixed drinks will include Captain and Coke and Margaritas. Cash and debit/credit cards will be accepted for alcohol sales."
An additional word of warning: Parking spaces might be very limited for tailgating and the game due to campus construction. So my suggestion is to get there early.
LFN's Tailgate Grub of the Week
The sandwich is $14 apiece, but man, what you get for that money - homemade pimento cheese sauce, pickles, and perfectly fried chicken. Someone should really talk to the folks there and see if they can come up with a tailgate basket.
LFN's Drink of the WeekThis week I thought I'd look at Villanova's concessions to see what "Drink of the Week" might be best. The Leinenkugel's Summer Shandy caught my eye, and I do like me some shandy, though generally speaking I make it myself with my own high-quality pilsener and lemons and sugar from the supermarket. It might be worth grabbing in the first half of the game this Saturday (to be replaced by hot chocolate at night).
As always, Drinks of the Week have a place in responsible tailgates, but only if you behave yourself, don't get behind the wheel while impaired (or worse), and are over 21. Please do that.