Location: Bloomington, Indiana
Stadium: Memorial Stadium
Date/Time: September 2, 3:30pm (CBS-National)
The co-founders of CletusFest have attended football games at every Big Ten Stadium. Although each school visit includes great memories, we thought it would be helpful for Buckeye fans to know what they were getting themselves into when considering a Big Ten road trip. Our Rating is based on a Five Point Scale (5 being best):
Overall Rating: *
There's not much to say about Memorial Stadium. The fans don't make noise, the structure is quite forgettable, and the opposing fans usually bring more noise than the locals. The only good item here is you can leave at halftime, enjoy yourself at the tailgate and return in time for the 2nd half.
We think most of them got lost on the way to the campus. Pretty lame.
There are parking lots down the hill from the stadium. There is no rush to arrive, as there is plenty of parking.
We would recommend Nick's or Kilroy's, as they are the local hangout places. There are also a number of nice restaurants and bars within a square mile. Your other option is to return to Indianapolis for entertainment.
View From the Other Side
Cletusfest has polled IU Alumni about their city, and here are their thoughts on what you should check out in Bloomington:
What are the Top 5 Restaurants?
Dagwood's for the best sandwiches - ask for the "special" sauce
Nick's - all sorts of good bar food
Mad Mushroom - the best pizza and the best cheese sticks ever!
Zagreb's for ribs and steaks
What Landmarks / Important Things Should a Visitor check out around town or on campus?
Sample Gates - walk through here to get to the heart of campus
The Union - it is the biggest in the country - and they have great Rice Krispy Treats, a bowling alley and a riflery range!
TIS - A great bookstore with tons of IU gear
Drive down Jordan and the Jordan extension to see all of the big sorority and fraternity houses . . .also drive down 3rd street because it is a great way to see the campus
Definitely walk through the Arboretum - used to be the old bike track for the Little 500
Name the Top Hotels to Stay
the Union - it's right in the middle of campus and it is beautiful
Which ever hotel is attached to the convention center
What is the Best Bar for Alumni?
By far all alumni love to go to Nick's
What is the Best Bar for Visiting Fans?
A lot of visitors love to go to Nick's too.
What is the Best Bar for Getting Your Drink On?
Kilroy's Sports - they have a whole list of flavored long island iced teas.
What are the best Game Day Traditions?
Tailgating right across from the stadium on the south side of the fields - you are bound to run into all of your old friends there and it is beautiful.
Where should a Visitor Park on Game Day?
No info provided.
Where should a Visitor go to Tailgate?
No info provided.
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