It all starts Saturday prior to kickoff of home opener against St. Cloud State.

    The Teambacker Tailgate before and during UMC Golden Eagles football games at Ed Widseth Field is ramping up this year, beginning with Saturday’s home opener against St. Cloud State.

    Teambacker President Annette Thompson tells the Times that Saturday’s events begin at 10:30 a.m. leading up to kickoff at 1 p.m., and will likely end after halftime.

   Families and people of all ages are welcome to enjoy beverages and food at high-top tables and picnic tables in the roped-off  tailgating area, which will now be located inside the fence, past the north end zone. Wristbands will be given to those old enough to be served beer or wine.

    A free-will donation to the Teambackers will be accepted, Thompson says.