The M Club erected a tailgate pavilion in 2001 which is located at the southwest corner of Joan C. Edwards Stadium. This permanent structure will be a consistent place to reconnect with your former teammates and create new relationships with other M Club members from various teams. A tailgate is held before every home game and runs from three hours before the game up to ten minutes before kickoff.
We have found the tailgates to be a perfect place for former athletes to reconnect with long lost friends and the stories they bring back are PRICELESS. The pavilion was dedicated in honor of Coach Pruett in recognition for his numerous contributions to our athletic program and to the community.
We encourage all M Club members to attend, active or inactive. Guests are more than welcome to attend with M Club members. All ACTIVE M Club members will be admitted to the Pavilion for free while all guests and INACTIVE members will be asked to pay a $3 admission fee. Children 12 and under are FREE as well. Beverages and food are included with your admission. We further encourage everyone to attend and look forward to getting to know those we have not already met as well as reconnecting with family and friends.
BOBBY PRUETT M CLUB PAVILION NAMED
The M Club officially named the Bobby Pruett Pavilion in a ceremony before the Homecoming Game with Memphis on October 28, 2006. The naming was in recognition of the role Coach Pruett has played in founding, promoting and helping the M Club to become successful, as well as acknowledging his many other contributions to Marshall University.
When Coach Pruett came to Marshall, he recognized the need for former student athletes to reconnect with their alma mater, the athletic program, friends, former teammates and others with whom they share their unique experience of having been student athletes at Marshall. Ralph May accepted the considerable task to implement the "game plan" set out by Coach Pruett and the M Club became a reality in 1997.
One of the first projects the M Club initiated was providing a place for former student athletes to meet and socialize before home football games. A tent pavilion was erected and the first M Club tailgate party took place in 1997. Soon a goal of building a permanent structure was established and, with contributions from M Club members, considerable support from Marshall University and other friends of the Club. The M Club Pavilion hosted its first tailgate party in the new Pavilion during the fall of 2002.
From the onset of planning for the pavilion, the intent was to acknowledge the M Club founder and name the structure for him. The M Club soon found that good intentions are only the first step in naming a structure on a university campus for a particular individual. George Lambros, who succeeded Ralph May, took up the challenge to complete the Pavilion and to obtain approval to name it. The Marshall University Board of Trustees, in the summer of 2006, provided that approval clearing the way for the formal naming.
A large stone with a bronze plaque stands near the Pavilion. The plaque has the name of the M Club founder, Bobby Pruett, prominently noted and lists the contributors who made construction of the Pavilion possible. George Lambros, in introducing Elsie and Bob Pruett at the ceremony, noted several of the many contributions the two of them have made to Marshall. When Coach Pruett pulled the drape off of the stone and plaque cited the M Club as one of his proudest accomplishments at Marshall.
Beginning with the vision of Coach Pruett, the M Club is now firmly established at Joan C. Edwards Stadium with the Bobby Pruett Pavilion. All of this was accomplished under the leadership of Coach Pruett and the M Club members and supporters who have worked tirelessly to make these projects realities.