Three Types Of T-Shirts To Wear To A Michigan Football Tailgating Party

Posted on: 26 September 2018

Whether you're visiting the state of Michigan or have recently moved there, one of the rites of passage that you may enjoy is attending a football tailgating party. Michigan is home to a number of Division I football programs, including the University of Michigan, Michigan State University, Eastern Michigan University, and more. On Saturdays in the fall, fans gather outside their teams' respective stadiums several hours in advance of kickoff to celebrate the game and their team by eating, drinking, and playing tailgating games. In order to attend a tailgating event, you need to have the right attire. Provided that it's early enough in the season, a T-shirt will be all that you need. Here are three types of shirts to consider.


For sports fans, the term "shirsey" describes a shirt that looks somewhat like a jersey. There's little question that teams' jerseys are appealing, but can also be very expensive. If you don't want to buy a jersey, a shirsey is the next best thing. For football, a Michigan shirsey will have the player's number on the front and back, and may also have his name across the shoulders. When shopping for a football shirsey, many fans favor finding one of a player who had a standout career at the university in question.

Rivalry T-Shirt

Many companies produce T-shirts that address the rivalry between Michigan teams and their opponents. For example, one of the most notable rivalries in college athletics is between the University of Michigan and Ohio State University. If you're attending a rivalry game, it's often appropriate to seek out a rivalry T-shirt. In many cases, this T-shirt pokes fun at the opponent — sometimes, with an off-color remark or logo. You'll get lots of laughs from your Michigan brethren should you choose to wear such a T-shirt to the tailgating party.

Official T-Shirt

If you visit the stadium shop, you'll have access to a wide range of official T-shirts that celebrate your Michigan team. Different schools have different athletic company sponsorships, and the T-shirts typically reflect this collaboration. For example, if your Michigan team is sponsored by Nike — meaning that Nike provides the athletes uniforms, shoes, and accessories — the shirts will also carry this branding. Stadium shops are packed with official T-shirts in a variety of looks, including those that appear retro and have a distressed appearance. Find a Michigan T-shirt that suits you and proudly wear it to your first tailgating get-together.