NAIA Manager of Eligibility Services, Dustin Wilke, knows how to throw a darn good tailgate. Before you head out to your school’s big game this weekend, take a minute to brush up on these tips from Dustin!
OK football fans, we’re in the heart of another exciting season on the gridiron, and what better way to prepare for your favorite team’s big game than with a good old fashioned tailgate. Any true fan knows that tailgating is an important part of the game festivities and should be taken very seriously. So, here are a few tips for a successful tailgate:
- Be sure to have a solid array of games to keep busy in the hours leading up to the game. The competitive juices are likely to be flowing due to your school’s upcoming big game, and this usually leads to some heated pre-game battles. Some personal favorites include tossing washers, ladder-ball, and cornhole.
- Check your inhibitions at the door. Unrelenting enthusiasm is a must at any great tailgate, and all parties present need to be willing to completely embarrass themselves with fanatical displays of passion and dedication to your team. If your voice isn’t hoarse by the end of the day, you’re not doing it right.
- The centerpiece of any great tailgate will always be the food. Get creative with your recipes but be careful not to make it so complicated that it turns into a three ring circus. Also, make sure to bring a little extra for unexpected guests. Chances are the scent rolling off your burning charcoal grill will attract at least a few wanderers to the party.
- Your parking spot makes a difference. Even a tailgate with all the best amenities can be ruined by a poorly-chosen spot next to the railroad tracks. Be sure to give yourselves a spot close to the stadium with plenty of room for activities.
- Preparation is key. Nothing is worse than getting to your tailgating spot fired up for the big day only to realize you forgot the lighter fluid. Inventory your supplies plenty ahead of time and even consider using a checklist to make sure all the needed supplies are in hand.