Looking ahead at the upcoming NFL season has many excited and presents the opportunity to tailgate on each and every Sunday before your favorite team kicks off. Once Sunday rolls around it’s time to break out the coolers, grills and team jerseys. If you have attended a football game whether it’s at the high school, college or professional level, you know that tailgating is a large part of pre-game.
Although nobody really knows where tailgating originated from, it has evolved over the years. The past few years, tailgating has consisted of going to the game, setting up your grills, filling coolers with cold drinks and wearing your favorite team apparel. Some activities you can do before the game are a game of catch and bean bag toss.
To some, tailgating is the most fun part of going to the game. This may be because you can hang out, drink your favorite soda and eat your favorite junk foods. Not only before the game can you eat, drink and hang out but at the same time you can support your favorite team.
Food is the aspect of tailgating people usually enjoy the most. Some of the most common foods consumed while tailgating include barbecue, buffalo wings, Cincinnati chili, New England clam chowder and Philly cheesesteaks. These delicious meals originate from cities and regions and are not limited to just those areas.
Even though you may not fit into all of these statistics they are certainly eye-opening. The most common age of tailgaters is ages 25-44. Two out of every five fans spends greater than $500 over the course of the season tailgating. Some fans go so far as to customize their cars and other vehicles to their team colors with logos, flags, and stickers.
Some argue whether they prefer tailgating at an NFL game of at a college football game. It all depends on age because NFL fans are generally older than college fans because their usually more restricted in what they can participate in.
Not only does tailgating vary from level to level but it varies from sport to sport. A popular sport for tailgating other than football is NASCAR. According to zeroto60times.com, the most common age for NASCAR is 25-54 years old. This is greater than 60 percent of all NASCAR tailgaters. The top five tailgating spots for NASCAR across the country include Pocono Raceway, Daytona International Speedway and Talladega Motor Speedway.
Some negative aspects of tailgating are that it can get out of hand due to the fans anxious or fans having too much to drink. This can lead to vandalism and other types of damage. Usually stadium officials and workers can control the environment and keep it safe for all members.
Tailgating is one of the best ways to spend your time before you watch your favorite team battle against their opponent. You get to eat, drink and play games with fellow fans. Tailgating creates an atmosphere like no other and will continue to evolve as the needs of fans does as well.