By: Erika Hayes
11:30 A.M. February 24, 2010
It's five o'clock somewhere, and for tailgaters, five o'clock came early on Tuesday.
Jimmy Buffett fans made themselves at home in the parking lots surrounding the Colonial Life Arena.
Many fans arrived early in the morning, some as early as 6:30 AM.
Excitement was in the air as the colorful fans geared up for Buffett's Summerzcool concert tour.
The concert fell at midweek, but that didn't stop these people from having a good time.
Neil Hawkins was one of the many who took the day off from work.
"It's like a big family reunion, folks you don't know you feel like you know them by the end of the night," he said.
Buffett fans have a reputation for being rowdy, but Colonial Life Arena officials aren't concerned.
"It's more or less just a bunch of people having a good time and enjoying the show," said Colonial Life Arena Assistant Director Brian Hixenbaugh.
The concert sold out.
It was the first time Buffett came to Columbia since 2005.