There’s nothing like a tailgate. And Wisconsinites are known for it.
On game day, whether it be Badger or Packers Football, or a Brewers game, as you’re nearing the stadium you can smell the brats and dogs cooking on the grill. Get a little closer and you start getting a whiff of the other accouterments – raw onions, ribs, chili, and, well, some hops. You name it; our fellow Wisconsinites have it on the table! YUM.
Many folks in our fair state are experienced tailgaters, but they have never planned one. If you would like to host a tailgate, or co-host, here are some helpful tips to make your tailgate a success.
Top 5 Tailgate Tips from entertainment.howstuffworks
Tailgating can be a great experience on any game day. Grilling out before the game and spending time with friends and family can make your football afternoon even more memorable. But, in order to get the most of your tailgating experience, you need to be prepared for the big day and know exactly what to expect.
If you’re in charge of the tailgate party, then you just might have taken on a bigger responsibility than you know. Seasoned tailgaters always come prepared (and so should you), so we’ve compiled a quick list of tips to make sure your tailgating party starts and finishes just right.
5: Show Up Early
In order to get the full enjoyment out of tailgating, you need to make sure you leave yourself enough time before the game. You’ll probably need to show up about 3 to 4 hours before the game to set up. That should give you plenty of time to cook the food, play some games and just hang out with your group. Don’t forget to factor in some time to break everything down once you’re done.
4: Find a Good Parking Spot
Finding the ideal spot for your tailgate party might not be the first thing that everyone thinks about, but it can make your party a little more fun if you can pick a prime location. If you can, look for a parking space right next to a grassy area so you’ll have more space to spread out.
Some areas may charge for prime parking locations — and in some cases, that charge may be a little too much for your party budget. So if you have to make do with whatever spot you can find, be sure to make friends with the other football fans parked around you.
3: Know the Rules
The rule book makes football a lot more fun because everyone has to play hard within the confines of the agreed-upon terms. When you’re tailgating, remember that the parking lot or facility where you’re partying probably has rules, too. This could be simple things like making sure to clean up after you’re done, no unattended grills or as on some college campus parking lots, the rules could entail no alcoholic beverages.
2: Plan Ahead
Try to think of things that you’d need at home, and then bring them along. For some locations, this may mean planning ahead for extreme weather situations, like thunderstorms or even typical issues like using the bathroom. In fact, if there are no bathrooms available, it may even be necessary to rent a port-o-potty to make the afternoon a little more comfortable for everyone.
1: Pack It Up
When it comes to tearing down your tailgating site, apply the camping rule that says you should take out everything you bring in. You might be able to find some trash cans nearby, but then again, you might not. It’s important to make sure you have everything with you to properly dispose of, or carry away, all of your trash.
If you grill out using a charcoal grill, keep in mind the policies and rules for your tailgating area. Charcoal coals can stay hot for hours and they need to be disposed of properly. Using aluminumpans that you had the food in is a good way to discard the remaining charcoal. You can then use the melted ice in the cooler to pour over the coals if they’re still hot.
Whatever you do, don’t leave trash, food or bottles laying around when you’re done. It’s in everyone’s best interest to keep the place nice and neat so you’ll have a premium spot to tailgate throughout the rest of the season.
Sure, you can throw some camp chairs in the back of a car, a mini charcoal grill and a cooler of beer. Anyone can do that. But don’t you want to host the party that everyone remembers? Hopefully not for the drunken debauchery (unless that’s your idea of success), but for the food, music, games and conversation. Whether it’s a tailgate in the stadium parking lot, or in your driveway, you can do it up right.
“Hey, remember Joe’s tailgate last year?! That was the best I’ve ever been to.”
This post doesn’t exactly fall into the category of a ‘building’ blog, but we can look at it as a tailgate building camaraderie!