To brush up your knowledge, know that a tailgate party is basically a social event, which is organized on or around the open tailgate of a means of transport, a car. Primarily enjoyed in America, tailgating includes the consumption of grilled food and alcoholic beverages. It takes place in the parking area at arenas and stadiums, before and sometimes after concerts and games. Many people enjoy this event even after their vehicles have no tailgates.
You are worried about how to enjoy such an event, as you haven’t participated in tailgate parties before. Get rid of your worries by following the tips mentioned below:
1. Personalize your tailgate party
Giving a personal touch to any event makes it unique and memorable for an extended period. For this, you can use personalized labels and stickers on the vehicle you will use for your tailgating. By sticking a custom label, you will show your team pride in a better than just being a supporter. You will successfully show off that you are a super fan of your favourite team. Use stickers to embellish your vehicle door, windshield, or hood.
Besides your vehicle, you can use stickers on your head, arm, hand, other body parts for the personalization of your party. You can stick custom stickers on your attire like t-shirts, cap, lowers, etc. to display the support to your favourite sports team.
2. Be aware of game rules for tailgating
Conduct in-depth research and try to have sound knowledge of tailgating rules. These are an amalgam of the stadium, local laws, and league-wide regulations concerned with public dignity and drinking. Usually, there are fan codes of conduct that puts prohibitions on
● Entrance to the field or unauthorized areas
● Intoxication or irresponsible drinking
● Inciting speech or fighting
● Obscenity or obscene gestures
● Sexist or racial speech or intimidation
● Throwing things or behaving roughly
● Underage drinking
3. Plan earlier
Keep the weather in mind while planning to throw your tailgate party. Try to keep items like canopies, cooling fan, spray bottles, frozen bottles of water, towels, cold beverages, sunscreen lotion, hats, and sunglasses with you to beat the heat weather during your party. Further, you need to be ready for bad weather, especially rain. To face rain, take rain ponchos, heavy duty trash bags, sweatshirts, blankets, heat packs, dry socks, and so on.
Distribute tasks among teammates, as tailgating is a team sport. Be ready to share your vehicle with team members, as most of the stadiums do not allow you to have more than one tailgating space or car. You will all your team members will have to come together. It is excellent for team building. Furthermore, you should divide the items to be carried on. You can make someone tailgate host, who will be responsible for texting, emailing, or calling to all members.
4. Make a strategy for tailgating equipment
Tailgating guides at some stadiums will instruct you how to park and what fits. Following the guides, ensure to take at least a foldable table for seating, folding chairs, equipment for food grilling, etc. You should have a to-go kit having all the non-perishables if you are a big season fan. With the support of your teammates, store all the tool from wet-wipes to pepper shakers together and be sure that nothing is left.
5. Be ready for tailgate part cleanup
The final inning of your tailgate party is crucial. It is cleaning the space just after your party. With this, you will represent your teammates as civilized citizens. You should take the following steps for your final inning:
● Be aware of the coal disposal site close to your tailgate party venue. You should find out trash cans and recycle bins in or around that location.
● Assign a crew for cleaning
● Ensure having a lockable and safe place for coolers and other items
● Take a plastic wrap, to-go containers, plastic bags, and tin foil with you for the management of leftovers
● Do not leave leftovers in and around the stadium. Don’t break stadium rules
● Have headlamps for light in case your tailgating is in the evening
Enjoying tailgating basically requires you to have proper planning and a zeal to support a favourite team. When it comes to giving a personal touch, it totally depends on your creativity. You with your team members can find numerous ideas for making it a special one. Get in touch with the people who already have enjoyed tailgating if you lack ideas. You need to be very careful and have a proper plan for you after knowing their ideas. For making your tailgate party hassle free, plan earlier, take all required objects & equipment with you, and promise not to break the rules associated with it. Your carefulness, wise decision, and sticking to rules will help you a lot in your tailgating.