With the return of fall comes America’s favorite weekend activity: football tailgating. Whether you’re rallying for your alma mater or your hometown NFL team, tailgating is a classic way to get together with your friends and family to eat, drink, and party amongst a brigade of fellow fans. Here are 6 keys to achieving the ultimate football tailgate.
Refreshments – Whether you prefer beer, mixed drinks, or non-alcoholic beverages, having the appropriate refreshments for everyone in attendance can be the cornerstone of a good tailgating venture. It is always a great idea to bring some soft drinks and water bottles so everyone can have something refreshing. Also, do not forget to forget to buy some ice so you can keep your keg and other beverages nice and cold. Please be sure to drink in moderation and stay hydrated.
Food – There is something about the smell of fresh air and lingering exhaust fumes that makes for some great grilling. Make sure you pack a cooler full of burgers, hot dogs and bratwurst, so you can fire up your grill and begin the barbecue. Just don’t forget to bring potato salad, baked beans, or some other sides that can help you turn your meal into a full-fledged feast!
Games – Following the great lawn dart ban of 1988, America has searched for safe and fun alternatives that are appropriate for participants of all ages. Now the football pregame atmosphere is blessed with a multitude of games that are perfect for tailgating, such as cornhole, kan jam, and ladder toss. However, regardless of what activities you decide to have at your event, the only remaining requirement is that you MUST bring a football.
New Friends – A tailgate is a gathering of fans that are coming together from across the country to support their team. It is important to make some new friends and rejoice with fellow football fans that can help you bolster your pregame prayer and other traditions and rituals. Meeting new people that bleed the same colors is a great way to make sure your pregame parties are even better in the future.
Trash Bags – The best way to build good karma for your team is to clean up after your tailgate. You don’t want to be that person who is responsible for littering all over the sacred pregame space. Make sure you bring some garbage bags so you and your crew can quickly clean up all of your trash before you head into the football stadium for kickoff.
Designated Driver – If you got your vehicle to the tailgate safely, you will need to get it home safely as well. Choose a designated driver before you leave for the stadium, so you can make sure you keep everyone around you out of harm’s way once the game is over and it is time to hit the road. Drinking and driving is NOT an option.
Tailgating is one of the best parts about watching football in the fall, and it is a great way to spend some quality time with your family and friends. By following these 6 keys, you will be well on your way to a successful tailgate that will be just as memorable as the game itself!