Sports / September 18, 2019

Week 3: The Right Way To Tailgate

No lie, there have been several occasions in which I tailgated and never actually had a ticket to the game. One of the best parts of going to the stadium is fraternizing with friends, family and fellow fans and amplifying the energy and excitement as game time nears.

There are right ways and wrong ways to tailgate, however. It’s not as easy as grabbing a parking pass and heading to Lot A.


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Here are tips to ensure a successful tailgate to make memories that just may outshine the outcome of the game.


One of the key aspects to a successful tailgate is early arrival. The earlier to arrive to set up your parking space, the more freedom you have to spread out. Wake up early and turn a 3-hour game into a full day affair.


It’s important, at any party, to have a good amount of seating. While your trunk can serve as seating for 2-3 people, it’s fun to create an inviting atmosphere that will encourage other tailgaters to stop by your awesome set-up. Pack a few folding chairs to kick back in between grill sessions.


Ok so…duh. What is a tailgate without drinking? A FAILGATE! It’s super important to have refreshing beverages to satisfy your guests.

  • Beer – The key to leveling up your tailgating skills is to leave the sh***y beer behind. Splurge on some nice IPAs or craft brews that will pair nicely with your BBQ menu for the day. If you’re planning to play games, pack some easy beer basics that you won’t be sad to waste on rounds of beer pong like Stella Artois or Sam Adams.
  • Wine– I’m not much of a wino but part of being a great host is considering the tastes of all of your invitees. Try canned, on-the-go options like Underwood wines or start the celebration early with Sofia Coppola Sparkling.
  • Liquor- Don’t make the mistake of bringing a full bar. Trust me, you’ll never make it into the game if you go that route. Instead, prep a fun, big batch cocktail that easy to serve once you pull up to the lot.
  • Water- It’s hot. You’re drinking. Don’t forget to bring lots of water!


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In this day-and-age, people have all sorts of diets going on so it’s important to have healthy game day essentials.

  • The Grill- Try spicing things up with grilled chicken and vegetable skewers in addition to the classic sausages.
  • Sides- You’ll need various sides to accommodate the tastes of your guests. Throw some corn on the grill and stop by your local market for potato salad, pasta salad and french fries that you can warm on the grill. Don’t forget tortilla chips, salsa, queso dip and fan favorite: guacamole.
  • Desserts- Don’t stress yourself out on this point. By the time people finish their food, they’ll be pretty buzzed and it’ll be game time. Pass on providing dessert and plan to grab a frosty inside the stadium.


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The Essentials

Let’s be real. Your tailgate will absolutely fail without these key items.

  • Folding Tables – Don’t forget to pack a table or two to set up your buffet. If you’re planning to play beer pong, pack your pong table as well.
  • Ping Pong Balls – Speaking of beer pong, don’t forget to pack extra balls!
  • BBQ- Load up your portable grill and bring any required supplies for use i.e. propane, lighter fluid, etc
  • Wine Key and Bottle Opener – While forgetting a bottle opener presents an opportunity to meet fellow fans, it’s best to arrive with everything you need. If you passed on canned wine and brought bottled wines, you don’t want to have to try the shoe trick to open it. Believe me, it’s harder than it looks!
  • Ice- Hot beer, anyone? Don’t forget to stop by the convenience store to fill your Yeti to the brim.
  • Cups/Plates/Flatware/Napkins- Be sure to pack these items so you don’t have to eat with your hands like your barbaric opponents.
  • Music- If you’re not keen to leave your car on for your playlist, bluetooth speakers are more affordable than ever. Add this hyped tailgate playlist to get juiced for the game.

Alright, now that you’ve reviewed the must-haves, make sure you haven’t forgotten about your own vibe and fandom. Check out these football Sunday fashion must-haves and make sure you look the part.

If you’ve got the time, try these MAJOR game day grill recipes to impress your friends and win the game before the game.


Linnea Moran

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