Tailgating Tips


FL: Carolina Panthers vs Tampa Bay BuccaneersFlorida has a passion for football. As college and pro-football seasons get underway, thoughts turn toward tailgating. “Tailgating is an integral part of football culture, said Ellsworth Buck, Vice President of GreatFlorida Insurance. “A good tailgating party can often eclipse the game.”

To make the most of your celebration, some planning is required.

Different stadiums have particular rules when it comes to tailgating so make sure you do your research. For example, at the University of Florida, you can drink alcohol at your party spot but you cannot take your drink down the street with you. At Florida State, alcohol consumption is permitted on gameday but they prefer you keep drinks in a cup. Miami’s Sun Life Stadium does not allow beer kegs or open fires.

Below is a basic checklist from Tailgating.com and bleacherreport.com

  • Folding chairs and table
  • A canopy/ tent– consult the stadium guidelines for height restrictions
  • Spirit wear, team colors, accessories and decorations
  • Flag on a tall flagpole– so your friends can locate you
  • Grill– preferably gas such as a camping grill.  Some stadiums discourage charcoal but if this is your only option bring a metal bucket to dispose of the hot coals.
  • Meat, vegetables and don’t forget the condiments, bring easy to eat food
  • Big cooler & ice
  • Beverages and water
  • Paper products- plates, napkins, utensils, aluminum serving trays
  • Football– for additional entertainment
  • Television or computer– for the hardcore fan who want to check scores or pre-game
  • Trash bags
  • First-Aid kit
  • Jumper cables
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Additional tips include, plan to arrive 3-4 hours prior to the game and stay 1-2 hours after the game.  Also, make a point to meet your tailgating neighbors and leave the area clean when you leave. If you listen to music, be mindful of the volume and explicit lyrics.

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