Although we didn’t tailgate last weekend before the game, that is often the biggest reason people attend football games.
There are parking lots here full of RVs and campers – seriously – from people who travel here for the games, stay for the weekend, and then head back home.
They come completely prepared, even down to a spirited satellite dish cover.
I can’t imagine how much people spend traveling here for the games, on food, gas, game tickets, etc…but I’m happy the fans are so passionate about it. That is some serious dedication.
There’s also a small airport right near campus and there are always people who fly in on their private little planes for the games. Crazy right?
All in all, I think there are 12 – 13 parking lots/areas that are full of tailgaters before each game.
These shots only show 3 of the 12 – 13 lots, so you can imagine how many people are roaming around before the games. It’s fun!
I do love tailgating – it usually involves good food, drinks, and games, but it can be easy to get carried away, too.
So how can you have a somewhat healthy tailgate?
- Depending on when the game is and when we’re going to a tailgate, I try to eat something before I go. This is helpful, especially if I’m not in charge of bringing anything. Since I never know what food is going to be there, I’d rather not show up starving.
- Pack a snack in your bag. I know you’re not really supposed to bring in food to stadiums now, but most people won’t notice a Larabar in your purse or a little package a trail mix.
- If you are in charge of bringing something to the party, bring what they ask you to bring plus something that you know you’ll want at the tailgate. No one refuses free food, and just about everything gets eaten, so don’t feel bad about bringing what you want, too.
- Alternate drinks (if you’re going to drink) with water. Tailgates are fun, that’s for sure. But I want to be able to actually WATCH the game and remember that I was there :)
- Be active! Sounds like a weird suggestion for a tailgate, but there are usually lots of people playing games like cornhole, passing around a football, or playing other games. Plus, you can always just walk around the campus you’re on to see other tailgates or see other people you know. Any activity is better than nothing.
- Have fun! Even if you have 3 burgers, a bag of chips, and 6 brownies, it’s one meal. Enjoy yourself!!! and start the next day with a good, healthy, filling breakfast.
What are your best tailgating tips? Favorite snacks for tailgates?
Football games tomorrow!
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I’m headed to my parents for the weekend – see you when I get there!