Date idea:

Tailgate Date

By Rosie Valentine


 4 - 6 Hours 





Any seasoned sports fan will tell you that the best part of going to any game or race is the tailgating done in the parking lot beforehand! Tailgating is all about good food (and it’s not good unless it’s bad for you!), pre-game drinks, great music and some light mixing with the people in the parking space next to yours. It’s perfect for group dates (you’ll actually know those people next to you!) or for on your own and a fantastic way to make game day last as long as possible! Whether you and your partner are into baseball, football, soccer or even tennis, any sporting event can be heightened with a tailgating party!

Best part? Eating and drinking beforehand means you’ll be less likely to waste a huge amount of money on the so-so food inside the grounds.


  • Game Tickets
  • Food & Drinks
  • Cooler
  • Music
  • Lawn Chairs
  • Transportation
  • Portable Grill


  1. So you scored tickets to the game! Good for you! You can’t have a tailgating party without a stadium to park outside and any sporting event will do. If you have a truck or car with a tailgate, that’s fantastic, but don’t worry if not. The tailgate comes in handy when grilling meat or stacking sandwiches, but it can easily be replaced by the top of your cooler.
  2. Dress in layers and wear team colors, when possible. Tailgating is often done in teams and dressing in your home colors will help distinguish your friends from your enemies when you’re setting up camp!
  3. Pack the cooler. The best tailgating foods can be grilled, or made ahead of time. Sandwiches are ideal because they’re simple and can be assembled on site, but your menu can be as imaginative as you are!
  4. Meatball subs, grilled kielbasa, sausages, hot dogs, hamburgers, buffalo wings and chili (kept warm in a crock pot) are awesome and easy hot options! Meanwhile potato and pasta salads travel well, and simple desserts like cupcakes and brownies are the easiest to pack. Hors’dourves such as stuffed mushrooms, nachos and hot dips are huge crowd-pleasers!
  5. Drinks are an absolute necessity. Avoid getting drunk, but feel free to indulge in a few beers or - in true lady tailgating style - delicious wine coolers!
  6. Settle in. Tailgaters start showing up at stadiums as much as 5 hours before gametime, so arrive as early as you like. Bring a couple lawn chairs to sit in and bring a few favorite CDs or a small radio, but keep in mind that there will likely be plenty of music playing already. Pack everything up about an hour before the game begins in order to give yourself enough time to get through security and find your seats.

Date Tip

If you’re meeting friends or this is a group date, plan the menu together and cut your workload in half!

For cold weather games, seat cushions and warmers are a must!
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