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Tailgating Tips to Kick off the Football Season

259178367_9b855d4b13_zIt’s that time of year again. No, I’m not talking about the beginning of the holiday shopping season; I’m talking about football. College football kicked off its 2016-2017 season on August 26, with the NFL scheduled to play its first game of the season on September 8.

Plan Games

Tailgating is all about relaxing in a social environment before the game begins. But if you plan on tailgating for any significant length of time, you should plan some games and activities to keep your group entertained. Bean bag toss (Cornhole) is a popular pastime for tailgating. All you need is a set of bean bags and a wooden cutout board, which are typically sold at most sporting goods stored. Of course, you can always bring a football to toss before the game as well.

Bring a Radio

In addition to games, you should also bring a radio. Sure, you can always listen to your car’s radio, but doing so may deplete your battery, forcing you to use jumper cables when you are ready to leave. So, bring a standalone radio for your tailgating party. You can listen to pre-game commentary or your favorite tunes (or both).

Don’t Forget the Fire Pit

Let’s face it, cold turkey sandwiches just aren’t as appetizing as a juicy, fresh-cooked burger or hot dog. If you plan on grilling out during your tailgating party, you’ll need to bring either a grill or fire pit. Doing so opens the doors to a whole new world of food choices. Rather than limiting yourself to cold foods, you can cook meats, vegetables or just about anything else.

Here are some tips for taking a fire pit tailgating:

  • Identify areas where you can safely dispose of ashes. Most stadiums have designated areas for this. If you can’t find them, ask other tailgaters, because chances are someone knows where to dispose of ashes.
  • Never leave your fire pit unattended. Even if there are dozens of other tialgaters around, someone needs to watch the fire pit at all times.
  • Don’t use lighter fluid or gasoline to light your fire pit. Stick with basic kindling or tinder instead.
  • Bring several foldout chairs so you and your friends can gather around the fire pit.
  • Wait until your fire pit has cooled off before loading it back in your vehicle.
  • Bring a grill brush, tongs and other grilling accessories.

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