On November 3rd, Kristian, my dad and I had the honor and pleasure of joining the MacNeills for a tailgating wingding, followed by a lively Patriots-Steelers game in Foxborough. Season ticket holders, Matt & Anna, are die-hard Boston sports fans, which makes them natural pros at tailgating. We learned a thing or two and I thought I would pass on their priceless knowledge. Here we go…
1. Catch a ride with a friend who drives a truck big enough to transport all your tailgating gear, food, and fan supplies. Check out the MacNeill mobile. This Ford means serious football business!
2. Dress with plenty of warm layers and showcase your team colors and/or jerseys with pride.
3. Arrive early (preferably 4hrs before kick-off) to ensure that you snag a parking spot close to the stadium and in the middle of the action.
4. Upon arrival it is time to set-up camp Remember to pack your sport fans folding chairs, a tent in case of rain, an iPod for pre-game tunes, Tums for anticipated heart burn and hand sanitizer & toilet paper for your trips to the porta johns.
5. Celebrate the pre-game with a Grill Master…and without further ado let me introduce you to our master, Matt
7. Drink menus will vary tent-to-tent; bu for our bar we went with beer to wash down steak tips, champagne to toast to family & friends, and Spiked Hot Apple Cider to kick the chill in the air.
8. Head to the stadium at least 30 minutes before kick-off. Security is tight and makes for a long line at the entrance. With the MacNeill’s help, we made it our seats in time for the national anthem and the coin toss.
9. Conduct some quantitative research with fans or your host to understand the traffic patterns. This way you can make the most of your post game celebration and conclude the day without traffic on your drive home.
10. Most importantly, have fun, enjoy the time with your tailgating mates and embrace the competitive spirit!
With Competition and Celebration,