Camp Cardinal a tradition among local tailgating

Card Nation counting down to kickoff

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- Under the shadows of Papa John’s Stadium, you’ll find a tradition of tailgating that is representative of Cardinal Nation.

“We got out here at 8 o’clock this morning and started setting up,” Tom McNulty said.

For the last 26 years McNulty, and his friend Steve Lange, have turned Camp Cardinal into an area where Louisville is first and champions are forever.

“I took my kids when my youngest was a baby when Papa John’s opened,” Lange said. “I brought him there, and they grew up Louisville fans.”

“They always know that we’re here in the corner,” McNulty said. “We call it Camp Cardinal. We’ve got about 50 or 60 people out here so we’ve got the flag with the finger on top. That’s how everybody knows me out here so it’s all good.”

“I like it all,” Lange said. “Being around the Cards fans, seeing the tents with the flags flying, and having a little Gatorade. The whole thing is good.”

Lange and McNulty said the only thing better than one of their tailgates this year might be the 2016 Cardinals football team.

“We’re going to be good,” McNulty said. “You’ve got two games to worry about in Clemson and Florida State. I really think we can win one of those, and we should win the rest.”

“I think they’ll go 10 and 2,” Lange said. “They’re going to upset one of them. I think they’ll get Florida State here.”

“We should always win the game, but we never lose a tailgate,” McNulty said.

The Cardinals opened up Thursday night against the Charlotte 49ers.


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