I experienced my first UTEP home game and loved every minute of it! Even though I don't love football.

This Saturday was the home opener for UTEP at the Sun Bowl and I was invited to attend a game. First and foremost, I'm not a big football fan. I don't have a team that I support, and I don't watch games when they're on tv or at a party. I usually just enjoy the atmosphere and that's exactly what I was able to do at the UTEP game.

When arriving at the tailgate, there were plenty of jubilant fans in the parking lot, grilling, listening to music, and enjoying the overall sports atmosphere.

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Right at the front of the stadium before you walk in, there is a new and exciting tailgate section thanks to Speaking Rock Entertainment Center. This area has inflatables for the kids to play on, food trucks, and a nice covered beer garden area that people can enjoy.

The best part was the free live music there to entertain people as they walked in. Local bands played for the crowd and the highlight was seeing Puddle of Mudd taking the stage and rocking out for the fans as they headed inside the venue. If you missed out on this pre-game show, there will be more as the season continues that you can check out.

Inside the stadium is this cool party patio right on the field. The area has umbrellas to keep you cool in the sun and food and drinks options inside the patio which is convenient. There's no need to leave the patio to grab a quick refreshing drink or a bite to eat.

I wasn't sure who won the game, I heard later it was UTEP but it didn't matter to me. What mattered was how fun a game could be for myself and for friends. Safe to say this won't be my last UTEP game of the season.

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