Friday, August 30, 2013

Tailgating Etiquette: The Do's and Don'ts

Being in the heart of the SEC and a huge fan of college football in general, I've been to quite a few tailgates. and I've seen my fair share of the good, the bad, and the ugly. Tailgating can be one of the best, most enjoyable experiences you can have as a collegiate football fan, or it can be one of the worsts. The first tailgates I went to were with my grandparents, when they hauled their camper all over the Southeast, watching Auburn play.

Today I love to continue the tradition of tailgating at Auburn with our friends. In honor of college football starting this week and Fan Friday, I've complied some helpful tips, a list of "guidelines" that are good for everyone, whether you're a seasoned tailgater or a first timer.
Do BYOB. Nobody likes a mooch, and if you aren't planning on drinking alcoholic bevvies, you still need to bring your own refreshments. Whether it's Monster energy drinks of a few bottles of Dasani, it's always best to come prepared instead of assuming someone will have some extra in their cooler.

Don't drink too much, too early. Pace yourself. If the game is at 6 pm and you get to the tailgate spot at 10 a.m. be sure you aren't blackout drunk by 3. First of all, nobody likes a sloppy drunk. Secondly, you're going to miss the game, and I don't know about you but isn't that the whole point of this shindig?

Do support your team. Wear your team colors, cheer, yell, fist bump, etc. when your team makes a good play. Even if you don't go for the two teams playing, or you are tailgating with fans of the opposing team, it is more than okay to show your pride, however...

Don't be that obnoxious rival fan. If you're at an opposing team's tailgate, show some respect. If there's one thing I can't stand it's an overly obnoxious fan. If you're a Bama fan in an Auburn tent, the occasional "Roll Tide" isn't going to get you kicked out, but if you run around the whole tailgate bashing the other team and being really rude and obnoxious, chances are you'll get asked to leave.
Tailgating with my roommate in Troy.

Do bring food/snacks/condiments. Especially if it's not your tailgate. I always try to bring some kind of dish, whether it's a dip, chili, or just some mustard and hot sauce. If you're invited to a tailgate, always offer to bring something, chances are you might not need to but it's the thought that counts.

Don't be the first person to grub out, or take too much food. If you're not hosting the tailgate, then wait for the hosts to start eating or indicate that it's time to eat (usually by saying the blessing). After that, everything is fair game.

Do locate the bathroom upon arrival. Whether it's a port-a-potty, actual bathroom, or someone who doesn't mind you using their camper, find the location and engrave it into your brain. You don't want to be the one doing the potty dance hunting for the bathroom after a few beers.

Don't use someone's camper or personal port-a-potty without permission. Usually it's no big deal, but if someone sees someone they don't know too well going into their private space without permission, chances are they aren't going to be too happy about it.
Tailgating in Auburn

Most importantly, do have fun. There's nothing that compares with the college game day atmosphere. A group of people, from all different backgrounds, all different ages, coming together to support one team. It's something you can't really put into words, but only feel and share with your fellow fans.

As always, it's time to back that azz up into the weekend (and football season) with Whitney!
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47 comments:

Charlotte Hayes said...

Definitely going to be using these tips when I go to my first HUGE college game tailgate! (Visiting my brother who goes to Ohio State sometime soon!)

<3, Charlotte

Chelsea said...

This list is awesome and so on point!

Tami said...

I HATE that obnoxious rival fan. So tacky.

Venus Trapped In Mars said...

Those 6 and 7pm kick offs get me EVERY SINGLE TIME. I drink way too much way too early then I'm out. MUST PACE MYSELF!!

Charlotte said...

Oh, the obnoxious rival fan. They really are the worst. Clemson plays UGA this weekend and I managed to give my extra ticket to a coworker (a UGA grad) and I'm just hoping we don't get into a fight in the stands, haha.

B Dav said...

Awesome list!
I am going to my first tailgate tomorrow, and I definitely don't want to commit any faux pas!
Britt @ One&20

brooke lyn said...

obnoxious fans period need to go home rival or not!

scrapperjen said...

GREAT do's and don'ts!
Have fun!

Jay T said...

I've NEVER BEEN tailgating!!! This is making me really really want to do it. Like, BAD. But I guess that's the price I pay for going to a college that doesn't have a football team.

Jill C. said...

I just moved from the Big 12 (OU) to the SEC (Ole Miss)! Last night's game against Vandy was INSANE! I think I kind of love the SEC already :) I"m glad I chose to go to Law School here!

Jackie said...

Good points! Yay for football season!

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Sarah said...

Just came across your blog!!!

Can't wait to follow along! Enjoy the start of college football this weekend. We sadly don't have that in Canada..well, we do but it's super lame ha!

Sara Elizabeth said...

This list is so spot on! I can't even count the number of girls who I see while tailgating that can't hold their liquor...the secondhand embarrassment is through the roof!

Paige (The Last Doughnut) said...

You are the only person in the history of the world (besides me) that I have known to listen to anything by Roy Jones Jr. and Body Head Bangerz. Soul Sisters!!!

Kathy @ Vodka and Soda said...

i've never been to a tailgate before but it sounds like fun!

-kathy
Vodka and Soda

Grace Beekman said...

Great advice! It's always a bit awkward when you go to use your bathroom and a stranger walks out...Yay for football season! :)

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