WKU held the first tailgate and football game of the 2021 season on Thursday, September 2. Our staff photographers captured the festivities up close and personal through the lens of their cameras.

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Students celebrate on South Lawn ahead of the first football game of the 2021 season on Thursday, Sept. 2. This was the first official tailgate since 2019 due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. (Photo by Arthur Trickett-Wile)
Students celebrate on South Lawn ahead of the first football game of the 2021 season on Thursday, Sept. 2. This was the first official tailgate since 2019 due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. (Photo by Tucker Covey)
Students celebrate on South Lawn ahead of the first football game of the 2021 season on Thursday, Sept. 2. This was the first official tailgate since 2019 due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. (Photo by Veronica Teeter)

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Students celebrate on South Lawn ahead of the first football game of the 2021 season on Thursday, Sept. 2. This was the first official tailgate since 2019 due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. (Photo by Arthur Trickett-Wile)
Fans wait for the Hilltoppers to take the field against the UT Martin Skyhawks on Thursday, Sept. 2. The Hilltoppers charged to a 59-21 victory over the Skyhawks on their first outing of the 2021 season.
(Photo by Tucker Covey)
Members of the Big Red Marching Band exit the field after opening the game with the WKU fight song and national anthem on Thursday, Sept. 2. This game was the first time in a year that the WKU Color Guard, the Big Red Rubies, were able to take to the field. (Photo by Tucker Covey)
Students taking part in the Big Red Rush on Thursday, Sept. 2. Big Red Rush allowed members of the classes of 2024 and 2025 to run across Feix Field during the first football game of the 2021 season. (Photo by Brett Phelps)

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WKU mascot Big Red leads the charge across Feix Field as part of the Big Red Rush on Thursday, Sept. 2.
(Photo by Tucker Covey)
The WKU student section is filled to capacity during the first football game of the 2021 season on Thursday, Sept. 2. (Photo by Rhiannon Johnston)
WKU freshman running back, Kye Robichaux, charges through the UT Martin defensive line on Thursday, Sept. 2.
(Photo by Tucker Covey)
The WKU student section is filled to capacity during the first football game of the 2021 season on Thursday, Sept. 2. (Photo by Tucker Covey)
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