Tailgate party

A tailgate party is a social event held on and around the open tailgate of a vehicle. Tailgating, which primarily takes place in the United States, often involves consuming alcoholic beverages and grilling food. Tailgate parties occur in the parking lots at stadiums and arenas, before and occasionally after games and concerts. People attending such a party are said to be 'tailgating'. Many people participate even if their vehicles do not have tailgates. Tailgate parties also involve people bringing their own alcoholic beverages, barbecues, food etc. which is sampled and shared among fans attending the tailgate. Tailgates are intended to be non-commercial events, so selling items to the fans is frowned upon.

Tailgate parties have spread to the pre-game festivities at sporting events besides American football, such as basketball, hockey, association football, and baseball, and also occur at non-sporting events such as weddings, barbecues, and concerts.[1][2]

A tailgate party

Food and drink

Tailgating typically involves the consumption of alcoholic beverages or soft drinks and the grilling of various meat products. Popular tailgate party foods include picnic staples such as hamburgers, hot dogs, baked beans, and cold salads like coleslaw or potato salad. Some food products were created because of tailgate parties. A brand of pimento cheese, called Palmetto Cheese, got its start at Atlanta Braves tailgate parties.[3]

Lawn games

A game of cornhole

Lawn games such as KanJam, cornhole, ladder golf, Polish horseshoes, Louisville Chugger, Jarts and Sholf are very popular during tailgates and tailgate parties. Lawn games are associated with tailgating primarily because of the simplicity in the game materials.[4] Lawn games carry the connotation of drinking games because of their presence during tailgates.[5] Other games include beer pong, ladder toss, washer pitching and flipcup.[6] It is also common for fans to bring sports balls such as footballs, soccer balls, and the like to casually play with. Many tailgaters have external stereos or use their car's sound system to play music, and it is not unusual to see some tailgate parties hook up a television set and antenna/satellite to an electric generator so partygoers can watch other sporting events.

Local events

Swann In Philly 08.25.2006
Former Steeler and 2006 candidate for Governor of Pennsylvania Lynn Swann courts voters tailgating before a football game between the Steelers and the Eagles.[7]

In schools and communities throughout the United States, there are athletic departments, coaches and parents of student athletes who rely on post-game tailgating parties to build community and support for their program and team.[8][9] Smaller, underfunded programs are assisted by the voluntary participation of parents and friends to feed the team and coaching staff post-competition, which establishes a strong core of support year after year.

In 2007, the NFL angered many football fans by banning tailgating before the Super Bowl.[10] The NFL cited security risks, though many suspected it had more to do with corporate sponsored events than any real threat.[11] In 2008, an online petition[12] began circulating to encourage the NFL to lift the no tailgating at the Super Bowl policy. Members of the sports media[13] also questioned the validity of NFL's claim that security concerns was the real reason for the ban.

In April 2019, Ontario Premier Doug Ford's staff announced the legalization of tailgating at sporting events across the province.[14]

In popular culture

In the Simpsons episode "Any Given Sundance", Homer takes his family to a tailgate party. He makes them get up early in order to be at the stadium hours before the football game, and states that "the game is nothing", the tailgate party being the only reason for their being there.

Season 3 of the Travel Channel original series Man v. Food had a tailgating special consisting of various segments from previous episodes that featured food that would make an ultimate tailgate party.

A number of television commercials, especially those aired during football games, feature tailgating culture, including those for Bud Light beer and cellphones.

See also


  1. ^ Aly Semigran (May 6, 2016). "The Do's & Don'ts of Tailgating at a Dave Matthews Band Show". Billboard.
  2. ^ "The Santa Fe Opera Tailgate: A Grand Tradition" Santa Fe.com (August 4, 2011)
  3. ^ Paul Grimshaw. "Cheese Mongers". GrandStrandmag.com.
  4. ^ Nashville Lawngames. "Nashville Lawn Games - About Cornhole". NashvilleLawnGames.
  5. ^ Backyard Barkeep. "Backyard Barkeep Featured in Tailgating Ideas". BackyardBarkeep.com. Archived from the original on 2013-01-17.
  6. ^ Tailgating Ideas. "Tailgating Games to Play". Tailgatingideas.com. Archived from the original on 2007-11-10.
  7. ^ Ritter, Kara (August 2006). "Ex-Steeler looks to sway support of Eagles' fans (abstract)". Philadelphia Inquirer. Retrieved 2015-09-02.
  8. ^ "Tailgating and Fundraising: Perfect Together". fundraisingforsports.com.
  9. ^ "Tailgate Fundraiser". elementaryfundraisingideas.com.
  10. ^ CBS 4 Miami. "Tailgating Forbidden On Super Bowl Sunday". cbs4.com. Archived from the original on 2007-10-14.
  11. ^ Michael David Smith. "No Real Fans Allowed: Tailgating Banned at Super Bowl". America Online.
  12. ^ "Allow Tailgating at the Super Bowl Petition". Tailgating Ideas.
  13. ^ Ben Smith. "NFL's grill ban burns tailgaters". Fort Wayne Journal Gazette.
  14. ^ Smith, Ainsley (2019-04-08). "Ford government to legalize tailgating at sporting events in Ontario". Daily Hive. Retrieved 2019-04-08.

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