Perfecting Your Tailgate

Football season is now in full swing and sports fans across the country are ready to cheer on their favorite collegiate and professional teams. But for many, the fun begins long before they set foot in the stadium; it begins when they’ve found the perfect parking spot, lowered their tailgate, and lit the grill.

Tailgating is a mix of fandom and celebration. Over the years, it has transformed from a pregame pastime to what Wired.com calls a time-honored and revered sporting tradition. Below are a few of Ally Auto’s favorite tips for a perfect tailgate party. Don’t come up short on the fourth down­—make sure you’re prepared to take your tailgate to the end zone!

GET A GAME PLAN

Throwing a flawless tailgate is easier than it looks, but preparation is key. A checklist of supplies is a great place to start. In addition to a wide variety of snacks and beverages, Rachel Ray offers some good ideas on how first-timers and veteran tailgaters can prep and throw the best tailgate party.  A few of their recommendations include: cups, napkins, utensils, folding chairs and tables, sunscreen, trash bags, paper towels, coolers, and a radio or TV.

And don’t forget to deck out your tailgate with team colors and gear to show your true team spirit. For creative decorating ideas, look no further than Amy’s Party Ideas blog.

GAME-DAY GRUB

Burgers, dogs, brats, dips and chips are the tailgate norm and excellent parking lot cuisine, but if you want to take your event to the next level, check out these delicious ”Fan-Favorite Game-Day Dishes” from Southern Living Magazine! A few that have us salivating include: Angela’s Spicy Buffalo Wings, Hoppin’ John Hush Puppies, and Slow Cooker Beef Nachos.

AWAY GAME ROADTRIPPING

Thinking about hitting the road to cheer on your team? Take a look at what Food & Wine magazine calls America’s Best Tailgating Cities. You just might find that perfect tailgate destination. And remember to hit the road early, according to Complex Magazine, tailgaters are known to arrive at the stadium hours in advance, at the crack of dawn, or even the night before to claim their spot. Happy roadtripping!

What are your tips for a perfect tailgate? Share below!

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