Not long ago all you needed to enjoy tailgating before the game was, well, a vehicle with a tailgate (and even then, not always).
You would bring along the grill, and some dogs and wings, and a cooler stocked with your favorite beverages. There’s the college football pre-party covered. It didn’t get much simpler than that!
Simple is So Last Century
Generators. Ovens and stoves. Mini fridges. Mini bars. The big screen. Hi-def. Surround sound. Plush seats. Cup holders. Times change. Now, it’s a blast to show up at the stadium packing your entertainment center and kitchen into your big rig or monster SUV.
Don’t have enough room in your truck for all you need to bring? Rent a trailer made just for tailgating. It’s got huge televisions, so your entire group can watch the pre-game easily; there’s also room for your super-sized grill to boot.
Looking for something more? Try a trailerwith a rolling bar, fully stocked, along with a comfy area for reclining and a spot for your big screen.
A little less outrageous, but still really cool, is a huge grill that sits in your truck bed. A pro-style grilling setup, the ChuckWagoncomes complete with an overhead canopy so rain and snow won’t stop you from grilling before the game. And when it’s time to head into the stadium, simply push the button and the grill folds into your truck bed, with the canopy closing it all up.
Portable Grills for Game Day
Okay, trailers can be a bit over the top and probably a bit out of reach for the average tailgater. Maybe renting a huge grill is, too. So, what can you do?
For starters, you might be surprised by the wide selection of portable (and not always tiny) grills of both propane and charcoal varieties that are available on the market today. These grills come with all sorts of accessories that enable—and encourage—the Sunday Gameday chef to branch out far beyond dogs and wings. In fact, the palate has increased beyond the typical tailgate fare of yester-year to a veritable smorgasbord of cuisine. Bring anything. Try anything. In fact, you can also find a few hundred tailgating-focused cookbooks and recipe blogs to help diversify your game day food.
Do You Decorate Your Vehicle?
How about decorating? Sure, adorning your truck or SUV in your team’s colors is a given. Streamers, balloons, banners and flags are great, classic options. Why not up your game and throw in pillows and cushions into the bed of your truck? You can turn the bed into a reasonable replica of a comfortable sectional.
Then, attach your widescreen TV to your trailer hitch, because they’re as inevitable these days as Sunday football in the fall, and you’ve got a cozy set up for enjoying all the pre-game festivities. Maybe add a canopy over your truck’s bed to cut down the glare or keep out the rain.
Game Day Activities
Tailgating is a party in the parking lot. And there are always games to play at parties, even when waiting to watch a game. Since it’s football season, bring along some simple games like horseshoe, bags, giant Jenga, ladder toss, … the options are basically endless, and it’s easy to find ideas for any kind of tailgating party. Many DIY games are easily portable and don’t take up much space.
These ideas are just the tip of the iceberg! What do you like to bring and do when you head out to the stadium parking lot to engage in that great American pastime of tailgating? Let us know!