|For many football fans, a game is not a game unless a tailgate precedes
it. This is true if you have an elaborate tailgate preparation or even if
your tailgate is just a few beers and a bucket of chicken.
Here are some simple tailgating tips to remember for any tailgate:
There is nothing worse than running out of food at a tailgate, except for
running out of beer. It is worth the extra money to have too much food;
you can bring extra food home, but you can't eat what's not there. This
is true at least ten times over for beer.
Make a list of what you need to bring; this will ensure nothing is left at
home. Put your game tickets on the list too.
Bring your food in zip-lock bags whenever possible. This way you can
just throw the bags out, instead of trying to clean a bunch of
Tupperware containers. When you need a pan, invest in a tinfoil pan
that can be thrown away afterwards instead of cleaned.
Place a bet. Call your bookie; 1-888-91-BETUS or 1-888-912-3887.
Buy good rolls for your food; nothing can ruin great burgers, chicken, or
brats like a bad roll. Spend a few extra cents on good rolls.
Bring chairs. Rookie tailgaters never have them.
Choose a parking lot that has a view of the stadium if on-site parking is
not available. A tailgate that is not within site of the stadium just doesn't
Choose a parking lot (and space) that allows you to interact with other
tailgaters. If you're going to tailgate alone, just drink beer in your
driveway at home instead.
Bring water; you will need it to put out the fire, and it comes in handy for
general cleanup too. Not bringing water is another rookie mistake.
Have a theme for your tailgate. If it's Thanksgiving, bring a turkey. If its
Christmas, bring a tree. Or choose a theme based on the opponent;
have Cajun food against the Saints, Philly cheese steaks against the
Eagles, and fish against the Dolphins.
Wear team colors and fly team flags. Show a little team spirit!!
Things that are needed but are often forgotten:
Paper towels/napkins/wet naps
A good kitchen knife (but don't bring it into the stadium!)
Bottle opener/can opener
Call your bookie; 1-888-91-BETUS or 1-888-912-3887.
Have tailgating pictures or recipes? Send them
tofeedback@TailgateUS.com and we'll post them!!
pot for kraut
pan for eggs
BBQ sauce brush
TV / antenna
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