mtvU Sets ‘2004 Tailgate Tour’


mtvU, the 24-hour college network, wants to be a gridiron hero of sorts by bringing a traveling tailgate party to seven campuses hosting college-football contests in October and November.

In addition to supplying food and drink, the MTV Networks-owned service’s “2004 Tailgate Tour” will feature the “Sports Soapbox,” in which fans can exhort their school’s players or razz the opposition.

Additionally, visitors can test their skills through the “1st Down Obstacle Course,” football toss or joystick control on an NCAA video game.

The network -- now broadcasting to 700 colleges around the country that count a combined 6 million students -- will take its tailgating tour to Iowa State University Oct. 2, when the Cyclones host Michigan State’s Spartans.

Other stops on the schedule: Oct. 9in East Lansing, Mich., for Illinois vs. Michigan State; Oct. 16 in Philadelphia for Columbia vs. University of Pennsylvania; Oct. 23 in Norman, Okla., for Kansas vs. University of Oklahoma; Oct. 30 in Columbus, Ohio, for Penn State vs. Ohio State; Nov. 6 in Berkeley, Calif., for Oregon vs. California; and Nov. 13 in Prairie View, Texas, for Jackson State vs. Prairie View A&M.