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Football Season: A Guide to Tailgating

Submitted by on November 6, 2012 – 12:42 pmOne Comment

Whether it’s the NFL, College Football, or Pop Warner, fall is the perfect season to tailgate. Fans flock to stadium parking lots hours before kickoff to celebrate with friends and family. In some college towns, more people go to tailgates than can fit in the stadium. There are a few items that every serious tailgater must bring when preparing for the big game.


The food at a tailgate is crucial. Many fans go all out to ensure their guests will be well fed. Some have even used food as a form of intimidation! A few years ago, Stanford fans served roasted duck, the mascot of the opponent, at their tailgate. Essentials food items are as follows.

Meat: It can be tricky keeping your burgers, dogs, brats (or even duck?) cold. A Freezer grade Pelican 35Q-MC Cooler does the trick. It’ guaranteed for life and has the capability to keep food cold for days. Never worry about preserving food again.

Snacks and Dessert: Munchies add flash to any tailgate spread. Use this as an opportunity to get creative and show off your team spirit. Try serving out of bowls with a team logo, decorating dessert items with footballs, and even naming dishes after favorite players or coaches. Some great snacks include meatballs, chips, wings, chili, gumbo, quesadillas, cookies, and dessert bars.

Drinks: Since tailgaters spend so much time outside, hydration is key. Make sure to have age appropriate refreshments for everyone in your group. A Pelican cooler will keep drinks as cold as when they were purchased. Use your team’s gootKoozie to keep beverages in your hand cold—and help keep your hand warm as temperatures drop.

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Social games are a favorite of most tailgaters, who would like to play while still holding food or drink. Cornhole, ladder golf, and washer are staples at most tailgates. A football for tossing is also a must-have tailgate supply.

A radio and/or TV are other must-have items. Use these to listen to pregame shows and track games that are currently being played. Even play your teams fight song or sing karaoke before kickoff.

What to Wear

What you wear while tailgating depends on the weather and what part of the country you are in. However, there is one rule that holds true for all tailgaters: there’s no such thing as too much spirit!

When in the south, you can often get away without many layers. If you happen to be in a cold weather location, bundle up and stay safe. No tailgate is worth risking your health to attend. add punctuation here

Final Thoughts

Tailgating is a great way to get outside and be social in the fall and even winter months. When the game is over and the tailgate has ended, remember to leave with everything you came with—including cans and trash. This way your tailgate location will be ready to go for next week.

Have some fun ways that you tailgate with Pelican Products? Post them on the Pelican Products Facebook page and we’ll update the blog with your photos.

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