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TAILGATING 101: The Basics

  1. Dress in Stetson Green and White.
  2. Plan your menu and do prep work a day or two before the game. Keep the menu simple and pack prepared food in air-tight containers. Don’t forget to keep food handling safety in mind throughout food prepping, handling and consuming.
  3. Make a list of the items you want to take along. Check off items as you pack. Pack paper products (plates, napkins, towels, forks, spoons, etc.) the night before. Remember such items as a small first aid kit, trashbags, water, and damp towels in ziplocks to clean hands, face, utensils or anything else that may need to be wiped off.
  4. Plan to arrive 3 to 4 hours early. All tailgating lots open four hours prior to game time.  Spaces are limited and first come, first served. Bring cash ($10 or $20) to enter the lot.
  5. Fly a flag on a high pole or create another identifier so friends can find you.
  6. Decorate your tailgate site with Stetson gear.
  7. Meet your tailgate neighbors, throw the football with friends, play cornhole and have a good time!
  8. Prepare your food in plenty of time for those going to the game to eat, clean up and cool off the grill. Share food with neighbors. Swap recipes. All tailgating must cease fifteen minutes prior to kickoff, so plan accordingly. The team wants you in the stands at kickoff!
  9. Tailgate responsibly. If you plan on having alcohol at your tailgate, remember that you are in charge of anyone who consumes it. All local and state laws apply. Keep in mind that anyone that is visibly intoxicated will not be permitted into the stadium.
  10. Leave the area clean and as you found it. 


Make sure you can get home safely. All parking lots close one hour after the game ends.

Jumper cables: To prevent your battery from dying mid-party, disable your interior light if you'll be keeping the tailgate open. Start your engine every once in a while if you're using the stereo. Make sure to allow other parties to enjoy their musical tastes as well without your music in the background. 

Look to buy an inverter: Your cigarette lighter can be used to power a slow cooker, TV, stereo, or other small appliance. Just make sure your inverter is powerful enough for what you need - a 140-watt inverter won't even run a blender.

Plastic trash bags for clean-up. A dedicated tailgater always respects their surroundings and leaves it as clean as they found it.

Extra ice. Bring a full extra ice chest and enjoy.

Rain gear. When everybody else is in their car or truck, you'll be cookin'!

First aid kit. Always good to have on hand - just in case you get a blister from playing too much cornhole!

Sun block. Even if you burn the food, there is no reason for you to burn.

Wet wipes and/or hand sanitizer.  This will be your best friend as you get ready to eat and finish your clean-up.

A friend. Change the life of a loved one. Bring them to their first tailgate party.

Comfortable shoes. Sometimes we forget how much we visit and with the right shoes you can conquer anything.

Plenty of Water. Game days will be long and HOT.  To enjoy the experience to the fullest, you will need to be well hydrated. Don’t rely on carbonated beverages, alcohol or other liquids to satisfy your thirst. Make sure to bring plenty for your guests as well.

Stetson Athletic Department