In North America, a tailgate party is a social event held on and around the open tailgate of a vehicle. Tailgating often involves consuming alcoholic beverages and grilling food. When it comes to tailgating, the best locations are too numerous to count. You can tailgate at concerts, auto races, football games, basketball games, hockey games, soccer games, kids sporting events, and more.
You can never take too much, when it comes to tailgating -- whether it be food, drink, or gadgets. And everyone knows that grilling dogs, burgers, and brats along with downing a few brews is an important part of the tailgating experience, that and the aroma of bar-b-que permeating the air. It's important to recognize that most tailgating delicacies are high in fat and cholesterol, so give yourself permission to enjoy. Take a break from your low-fat diet, grab a roll of paper towels, and enjoy. As far as liquid refreshments go, it’s all about the beer. And remember, alcohol only provides temporary warmth. Too much will de-sensitize you to the cold, but not protect you from its effects.
Make a Tailgating Checklist To ensure nothing gets left at home, make a list of things you need to take to the tailgate party. Be sure to put your game tickets on the list too!
Have a Tailgating Theme Think up a creative theme for your tailgate. If it's Thanksgiving, bring a turkey. If it's Christmas, bring a tree. Or, base your theme and decorations on the opponent. For example, you might have Cajun food against the Saints, Philly cheese steaks against the Eagles, or fish against the Dolphins.
Dress for the Occasion, but make sure to dress appropriately for several hours outdoors -- and be prepared for drastic temperature changes. And don't forget to wear comfortable shoes.
Show Some Tailgating Team Spirit Show your team spirit... Wear team colors. Tailgaters are usually the biggest and best fans! After all, to become the ultimate tailgater, you'll want to stir up some tailgater's envy!
Timing is Everything Get there early. You'll want to arrive 3-4 hours before game time to beat the crowd and claim your turf. And, plan to stay late so as to not miss a moment of the post-game enthusiasm.
Location, Location, Location Set up your tailgate party near a grassy area, or bring a roll of Astroturf to set up at the end of the row -- for a more comfortable atmosphere with lots of room to socialize. Parking at the end of a row can also give you more partying space.
Tailgating in Parking Lots Serious tailgaters choose a parking lot that has a view of the stadium if on-site parking is not available. Since the stadium is your Mecca, you need to be able to see it so you can bow to it occasionally.
Mark Your Spot At The Tailgating Party A flag or team pennant on a tall pole helps people locate the party and makes a statement of team spirit.
So remember, when it comes to tailgating it's families and friends, it's fans, it's a community social, it's pre-game, halftime, post-game and more. It's the total game day experience!
Written By: Mike Girolami, President WorkWear1, www.workwear1.com, Local Distributor of Carhartt Clothing, Redford, MI