Why Will You Be There? Pete Henry

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PETE HENRY
Season Ticket Holder Since 1999
Resides: Stillwater, Minn.

Q: When was your first Gopher Football game? What do you remember about it?

A: My first game was against Purdue at Memorial Stadium and I think it was 1967. I was only 13 at the time and went with my family. We usually got to go to one game a year back then, so it was really a big deal. The game day experience was important with the band marching down University Avenue and such.

Q: Who do you usually attend games with?

A: We have 45 season tickets together with mostly family and close friends.

Q: What is the most memorable Gopher Football game you have attended?

A: My very first game not from the win/loss point of view but knowing after that game that Gopher Football was going to be a passion of mine. I guess that day had an impact on me.

Q: Why do you believe Coach Kill is the right coach for Minnesota Football?

A: Coach Kill is Minnesota. He knows about loyalty and stresses the importance of life. The number of Minnesota recruits that have verbally committed supports that. These kids want to be a part of the turnaround and they are the right kids. They want to come to the University of Minnesota and get their degree.

Q: If you tailgate what is your favorite part?  Do you have a favorite tailgate food?

A: Do we tailgate? We were selected the Tailgate 48, Tailgate of the Week by the Big Ten Network for the Minnesota-Wisconsin game this past season. We usually plan a great meal that carries a theme depending on the opponent. We make sure we have someone that knows how to cook the great food too! We usually cook for over 50 guests each week.

Q: What is your favorite part of Gopher Gamedays? Do you have any gameday traditions?

A: We arrive 4-5 hours before kickoff. The Gopher Alumni Band usually starts their travels through the parking lots and ends their playing at our tailgate. We always feed the Alumni Band. They love it. We always watch the University of Minnesota Marching Band make its entrance into the Stadium too. Then we can eat!

Q: Why will you Be There in 2012?

A: We have a passion for Gopher Football. We are loyal. We have lived many places around the United States but we are in Minnesota for good now. It is impossible to cheer for another team. It’s just not the same. It’s never a difficult decision to renew.