Tuesday, September 1, 2015

How To: Throw a Perfect Tailgate Party

This post uses information obtained from Buzzfeed.com and Babble.com

It’s that time of year to cheer for your Aggies! With football season comes one of the best traditions, tailgating parties. The Aggies open their season this week and need the help of past, current, and future students to cheer them on. For those that need a little prodding, we’ve assembled this brief tailgating guide. Also, be sure to check out the Tailgater of the Game/Year Competition.

Why Tailgate?

It’s a great way to meet people. There are so many tailgaters, so there are so many opportunities to meet students, other alumni, and fellow tailgaters.

There are many aspects of tailgating. Food, games, activities. USU Alumni will be at every home game with a tent full of games and prizes.

You could win big. The Alumni Association will be on the prowl for the best tailgater to crown them the official “Tailgater of the Game.” Along with the glory of holding this prestigious title, you will receive a Camp Chef stove, which will undoubtedly improve your tailgate for subsequent games.

The Basics

First things first. Start out by pre-purchasing a tailgating space. For home games, these can be obtained through Parking and Transportation for the north tailgate lot, or the USU Big Big Blue Scholarship Fund for 800 East spots. For away games, check with the specific school’s stadium.

Be in your spot by 2 pm for 6 o’clock (or later) kickoff or 10 am for 1 o’clock kickoff, but not before 8 am without prior, written approval.
(Note: All official rules can be found on the Parking and Transportation website)

Tips for tailgating pros

We've assembled some of the most sound practices for making your tailgate a success. We won’t give away too much, because we want you to come up with the rest.

First and foremost, show your best Aggie pride. Show the world how much you love being an Aggie. 
This is your time to brag about how much Aggie gear you really have.
Dress the part.
Float a helium balloon on a long string from your car, so friends can find you.
Consider what way the wind is coming from. You don’t want grill smoke blowing on your tailgaters.
Think about how you could use paper towels or a hand-washing station. People like that.
Keep it simple.
Keep it classic.
Finger food is better. Make it portable.
Think about the extras: music, face paint, games, etc.
Introduce yourself to your neighbors.
Have fun.

We hope to see you at the tailgate party.

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