Ah, tailgating. Another college past time that comes along with the college football season. It’s a long time honored tradition and perfect way to get hyped up for the game. Massive amounts of food will be consumed, games will be played, parties will be had, and new friends will most likely be made. Tailgating can be one of the best highlights of your college experience but you want to make sure to do it right!
In order to ensure you master the tailgating experience, I’ve come up with some do’s and don’ts to ensure you become the TAIL GATE PRO.
1. Become a Grill Master. Grilling is a super important part of tailgating so it’s also super important that you learn how to master it. Nobody wants burnt hot dogs, burgers, or steaks. You must perfect the skill of the grill to ensure that your friends, guests, and party stays happy. Apron and chef hat sold separately.
2. Excel at Corn Hole. Tossing a bean bag into a hole on a wooden pallet might sound like its easy work but you’d be mistaken. If you want to take your tailgating mastery up a level and impress everyone, it’s important that you conquer this game. Practice makes perfect when it comes to corn hole. Overthrow and you’ll miss the target. Under throw and you won’t even make it to the wood. The key to excelling is focus, practice, and that determination to win. You got this champ!
3. Picking the right playlist. An important part of any party (specifically tailgating in this situation) is picking the right playlist for the mood. It’s a time to get excited and hyped up for the game so you want to make sure your music matches the mood. I recommend EDM, Hip-hop, and maybe some throwback tracks to amp up the mood for the game. Anything that people can resonate with and dance to will also make the mood more excitable. You can even throw in your school’s song just to get everybody in game mode. Just make sure to leave your Celine Dion album at home.
4. Be a good Fanatic. Nobody likes a sore loser. You want to go to the tailgate decked out in your full gear but also be respectful to those other fans around you. It’s a rare occasion at your school’s tailgate that other teams fans will be around you but if they are it’s important to respect them. It’s also important that you represent your team in the best way possible. After all you guys are the best right? Cheer them on and act like it!
1. Get there late. Tailgating is supposed to be fun and exciting so why miss out on the event by being late? It’s also important to arrive there early because spots get taken and you’ll be stuck wandering around trying to find a place to set up your tailgate. If all else fails and you have a prior engagement, ask a fellow friend who will be joining you to set up shop. Friends don’t let friends tailgate late.
2. Leave your area a mess. Trash is bound to pile up during a tailgate, especially if there’s a lot of people. If it’s going to be a hard task to pick up after yourself after or while the tailgate goes along you should designate a person to clean up afterwards. The harshest thing you can do is leave a big pile of trash where you tailgated for somebody else to clean up or to dirty your school grounds. Respect the tailgate area like you respect the team!
3. Overdo the tailgating experience. Whether it be food, alcohol, dancing, or just having a bit too much fun at the tailgating experience it’s important not to overdo it. Chances are you have about a two hour game (or more) ahead of you so you don’t want to overexert yourself before the game starts. Pace out your tailgating experience so you can see your team pick up the victory!
Remember the most important part of mastering the tailgating experience is to go out there, have fun, and most importantly be safe!
Happy Tailgating Everybody!