Tailgating is a beloved American tradition. It has become a common theme on television cooking shows and is a popular social event. People throw a tailgating party usually before a sporting event and socialize, while cooking from the backs of their vehicles. Tailgating has expanded though and it’s not uncommon for tailgating to occur at concerts or other events.
Tailgating Goes Mainstream
Once an underground phenomenon, tailgating has become mainstream and revered! It has become a chance for people to congregate, grill food, and drink alcohol (in moderation of course). While the rules that apply to tailgating are fast and loose, there are some general areas that people pop their hoods and start partying. Be creative when it comes to finding new places to tailgate.
- Parking lots
- A park
- Tennis Courts
Parking lots are perhaps the most common tailgating area. It’s an open space where cars and trucks congregate. Tailgating, in many ways, is the celebration of the parking lot. Parking lots are an outdoor and open space, ideal for a casual get-together, where people can set up a small BBQ and celebrate before the beginning of a sporting event.
Stadiums, of course, are another common area to tailgate. In fact, tailgating has become so popular, that stadiums regularly designate areas for tailgating for pre-game celebrations. Tailgating before a big game has become a storried traditon at stadiums across the world. Grilling up grub and drinking beers are an American tradition like none other.
Colleges And Universities
Colleges and universities also understand that sporting events are not just games, but major social events for college students. So it would be common sense that tailgating would be a major pastime for students before big games. Often times tailgating can turn into an overnight experience as fans spend a night in a tent to make sure they are prepared for the big game.
Parks, however, may be a little surprising. But in designated areas of parks, people often BBQ, so having a tailgate party would actually be a natural progression. In fact, in addition to the regular festivities, people can actually play a game of Frisbee, and get some outdoor exercise, besides engaging in the usual fun that happens during a tailgate party.
A recently discovered place to tailgate are tennis courts. This area must have been discovered by creative tailgaters, who are able to think outside of the box. However, to actually tailgate in a tennis court, the rules seem a little more strict. Tailgating at tennis courts are actually a tradition for many students and alumni at colleges, but a permit must be obtained and a fee must be payed.
Overall, tailgating is a popular and versatile form of celebration. People are usually friendly at tailgating parties and any onlookers can often stop by and share a drink or taste a little of the food. Tailgating is a uniquely American pastime that only seems to grow more popular over the years.
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