Six Easy Tips For The Ultimate Tailgating Experience

September 5th, 2018 by

It’s that time of the year again – tailgating season! From college to professional football, there’s nothing quite like those pregame festivities to execute the most epic tailgating fiesta. Enjoy being the envy of all your fellow tailgaters and follow these six easy tips.

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#1 Rules and Regulations

One of the most crucial tailgating tips is to familiarize yourself with the stadium’s rules and tailgating policies. Every stadium has a different set of guidelines, some of which include:

  • Parking lot hours of operation
  • Required times to exit the stadium parking lot
  • Policies on pop-up tents and grills
  • Where to properly dispose of trash

#2 Simple Food Preparation

Another important tip for the ultimate tailgating experience includes easy cleanup and premade snacks. Prepare as much as possible beforehand and don’t be afraid to get creative! While thinking beyond the basic burgers and hot dogs, tailgaters should consider making appetizers like homemade buffalo chicken dip or mini-tacos. Furthermore, for those utilizing a grill, cook in large quantities before your guests arrive to avoid spending the whole time parked behind the grill.

#3 Garbage Time

It’s important to stay mindful of the environment and make sure to clean up after yourself. Football stadiums typically have dumpsters stationed throughout the property and plenty of trash bins on almost every corner. Do your part in keeping our planet clean by packing some additional trash bags, and even some specifically for recycling too. Another way to make sure your tailgate site is clean and organized is to utilize cardboard six-pack containers to store condiments and spices – which also makes for an easy pass around.  

#4 Rain or Shine

For those who are familiar with South Florida weather, it’s no secret that a thunderstorm can present itself at any given the time of day. Because of this, it’s essential to be not only aware of any passing rain clouds but also bring proper rain supplies. Additionally, pop-up tents are perfect for rainy weather conditions, make sure you have something substantial to weigh down the legs just in case it gets a little windy.

#5 Tailgating Games    

When most people think of tailgating, it usually consists of a lot of drinking and eating, but that isn’t always necessarily the case. A few tailgating games to get everyone involved, even some neighboring tailgaters too, includes:

  • Bean bag toss
  • Ladder golf
  • Washer pitching

Sure, tailgaters can always opt for the classic back and forth football toss, but why not mix things up a bit?

#6 Pickup Truck Not Required

Pickup trucks are usually the first choice for tailgating, but SUVs also serve as another excellent alternative for those pregame festivities. For instance, during those rainy weather conditions, the back hatch of an SUV can serve as an ideal “umbrella.” Additionally, to keep those tailgating supplies organized and in clear view, pre-gamers should consider packing plastic totes that are clearly labeled.  

Please keep in mind that tailgating is an all-day event, so it’s important to stay hydrated and cool. Packing frozen bottles of water will not only keep things in the cooler cold, but ice-cold water will be readily available once that hot weather kicks in. Here at University Dodge, we offer plenty of trucks and SUVs that are perfect for any tailgating experience. Stop by our store located in Davie, FL or follow us on social media for more tailgating tips!