Getting the Most Out of Your Tailgate


tailgatingBehind every player, there’s a coach. When your sport is tailgating, ultimate tailgater Rusty Thompson, co-founder of, has tons of tips and tricks to get the most out of your tailgating experience.

“My first tailgating memory involves a bucket of chicken and a pregame show on the radio,” Thompson says. “Now we have a smoker the size of a trailer and flat-screen HDTVs, and arrive before 7:30 a.m.”

If you’re just getting started with tailgating, start small and grab a spot alongside some established tailgaters to learn how the pros do it.

Take note of these tips from veteran tailgaters:

  • Have checklists of what needs to be done, packed and cooked.
  • Organize and pack everthing into your GATER WAITER
  • Take enough food for before and after the game. It’ll make your wait to get out of the parking lot after the game much more enjoyable.
  • Bring more of everything. Think multiple TVs, smokers and grills, chairs, or hammocks for pregame naps.Fanatics go all out; throw in a shade/rain canopy and synthetic turf.
  • Organize some tailgating activities such as a ring toss, trivia game, horseshoes – whatever keeps people entertained until the grub is ready the game begins!
  • Have plenty of garbage bags. Tape them to trees and tent poles, keeping them off the ground so they don’t attract bugs.
  • Clean as you go. Done with tongs and ladles? Wash and stow them away now. It’ll save crucial minutes later.
  • Take jugs of water to use to clean utensils, dishes and your hands.