Homecoming and rivalry games take school spirit—and your tailgate– to a new level. Both ESPN’s Road Warriors and Bleacher Report have their own list of the top 10 college tailgates around the country, taking into account everything from the food to the crowds. Read on for lessons in Tailgating 101 from the apparent pros.
Nearly 100,000 fans turn the Happy Valley into the 3rd largest city in Pennsylvania on tailgate days. The Joe Pa faithful are dedicated to their team and show the same support no matter how the game turns out.
For those that think the food makes the tailgate, making a trip to LSU is definitely worthwhile. Road Warriors mentioned the Cajun-style cuisine while Bleacher Report commented on the abundance of barbecue. LSU tailgaters certainly know how to chow down.
University of Mississippi
Both lists tout the Grove of Ole Miss as an experience and according to Bleacher Report, it begins on Friday nights. Formal attire, a sea of Rebels red and a speed limit reflecting the jersey number of a former player help solidify Ole Miss its deserved place on these extreme tailgating lists.
Do you think your school deserves a spot on these lists? Tell us why your tailgates rock in the comments below.
Did Penn State make the cut? Tell us about your tailgates in the comments below!
Think your school’s tailgating events are unlike any other? Online Certificate Programs has ranked what they believe to be the Top 10 schools when it comes to tailgating. Here at The College Juice, we love telling you about all sorts of great game-day paraphernalia, so it only makes sense that we would love sharing a list like this one!
Did your college or university made the cut. Looks like the tailgating is becoming as competitive as the football games!
Whether or not your team is having a winning season, taking a road trip to an away game is always a fun adventure. To make the most of your limited space, pack the absolute road trip essentials and you will ensure your group has one great tailgate.
1. No matter where you go to tailgate, you’ll want to have food and plenty of soda and water. Rather than bringing everything with you, try ordering sandwiches from a local deli and stopping by a grocery store to stock up on beverages before you get to the campus.
2. Bringing a football or Frisbee with you will ensure you have something to occupy your time, as most tailgate activities take up a lot of space. You can also pack games such as Catch Phrase to involve a large group of people in the fun!
3. Create a playlist for the car ride that can double as entertainment during the tailgating festivities. Include your school’s fight song and any of your crew’s favorites to add your flair to the list.
4. Don’t be caught at an away-game without your own school’s spirit gear! Dress up your car or paint your face to let the opposing team know you are in it to win it.
5. Last but not least, be sure you know the home team’s policy on tickets and how far in advance you need to reserve them. The last thing you want to do is drive all the way to a game you can’t get in to!
What do you pack when you hit the road for a tailgate? Share your ideas for great tailgate road trips here!
Tailgating in hot weather doesn’t mean melting under heavy layers of team colored hoods and tees. Here are some hot weather tailgating outfits that will keep you cool in your school colors.
- Snapback hats are the ultimate throw back trend this season. This New Era cap keeps the sun out of your eyes during the game with the flat brim, while showing off your team colors.
- Eyeblack decals are a great way to block sun glare in school spirit style.
- Mesh Team Jerseys are light and airy enough to keep you cool while letting everyone know your favorite player. This Under Armour Jersey is a replica of the version the players will wear on the field.
- The khaki shorts we found at Abercrombie & Fitch are the perfect back drop no matter your school colors.
- With school spirit, flip flops ensure you’re decked out in school colors head to toe.
- Hair Twisters and Hair Bands are a great way to show off your school spirit while keeping hair up and out of your face on hot game days.
- Burn-out fabric is very trendy right now, this burn-out tank tops keeps you fashionable while staying cool and of course, showing some team pride.
- These jean shorts from Forever 21 are the perfect length to keep you cool.
- Canvas Logo Totes are great for carrying all your tailgating gear while supporting your team.
- Shimmer Flip flops are not only stylish, but a comfy way to show off your school spirit and your pedicure. Full posts →
Your car is decorated and packed with everything you need for one great tailgate, but what about the food? This Cheesy Buffalo Chicken Dip from AllRecipes.com will warm you up as the weather starts to cool and goes great with your favorite chips!
What You’ll Need:
- 2 bone-in chicken breast halves
- 1 teaspoon olive oil
- 1 stalk celery, chopped very small
- 8 ounces cream cheese (you can choose reduced fat)
- 3/4 cup each of blue cheese and ranch dressing
- 1/3 cup hot sauce (use less for mild)
- 1 cup or more of shredded Cheddar cheese
- 1 large bag of chips
What To Do:
First, set your oven to 350 degrees. While it is heating up, boil the chicken breasts until they are fully cooked (roughly 20 minutes). Pull the meat off of the bone after they cool, then shred and set aside. Heat the olive oil in a large pan and cook the celery until it is soft. Add cream cheese, blue cheese & ranch dressings and cook until the mixture is smooth, then add in the shredded chicken and hot sauce. Pour the dip into a baking dish and sprinkle with cheese then bake about 30 minutes. Allow it to cool a bit before enjoying with your favorite chips!
Do you have a signature dish you always prepare for a tailgate? Does your school have any traditional dishes? Share all of your favorites with us below!
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As you gear up for this season’s big games and tailgates, don’t forget to deck out your car! Here are a few ideas to help turn your car into the most talked about set of wheels on campus.
1. The most basic accessory for your car is a college decal. To let everyone you pass on the road know which team you support, pick one up with your school’s logo or mascot from your campus bookstore.
2. Vanity license plates are available for some schools, and many times proceeds from their sale goes toward supporting programs on campus. Die-hard fans will love having their car permanently associated with their alma mater. If I had a vanity plate, I’d pick RUKNIGHT.
3. Windowflags are designed specifically to be flown from a car. Stop by your campus bookstore to see which options are available for your school.
4. A license plate frame adds a splash of school spirit you can leave on all year-round. Your campus bookstore has subtle and vibrant styles which are sure to please everyone, alumni included!
5. Go all out for Homecoming, rivalry games or a road trip with washable window paint. You can write your school or mascot name, numbers of your favorite players or get even more creative and use stencils. Just be sure not to create any blind spots – safety first!
Do you have any ideas we missed for decorating your car? Share them with us in the comments below!
One Great Tailgate
Food, fun and friends are the recipe for the perfect tailgate, but you’ll need a few other essentials to ensure a good time. Check-off all the items on our list and your tailgate will be nothing short of amazing!
- Stay cool in the shade with a tailgate-perfect tent. You can find out if your campus bookstore has one for your school here.
- Bring a grill and take turns cooking burgers, hot dogs, chicken or veggies. Get even more creative with your food selection by cooking chili ahead of time, and then use the grill to warm it up before the game.
- Have a cooler stocked with ice, water and soda for hot game days. It will also keep all of your food cool before you cook it.
- Activities are sometimes the best part of a tailgate! Get ideas for great ways to spend your time here.
- Speakers for your iPod or MP3 player will keep you from draining your car’s battery to play music. Create a playlist ahead of time with your friends and pack extra batteries so you’ll never be without tunes.
What do you think is an essential part of your tailgating experience? Share what you won’t leave home without in the comments below!
Football season is about to kick-off and we know you are looking forward to a full season of tailgating for all of your team’s games. Here are some fun things to do so your tailgate is as fun as the game itself!
- Tossing a football is one of the easiest things to do at a tailgate and can involve a lot of people. Stop in your campus bookstore to pick up a spirited football before the next big game. Just be careful not to hit anyone!
- I have come to consider Cornhole a staple of any tailgate. Cornholehowto.com offers a user-friendly guide to building your own set, including the bean bags. Decals are available at many campus bookstores which can be used to customize your set for your school. Remember to share pictures of your completed set with us!
- Ladder Ball is another popular tailgate game. JustBuildStuff.com shares instructions for constructing the ladder portion of the game out of PVC pipes. You can pick up golf balls in your school’s colors to make the part you toss, called the bolas.
- Get decked out to show off your school spirit. Many campus bookstores have face paint, stickers, beads, hair accessories, and leis, among other accessories, to help you show your pride for big games. Stock up on these festive items and share with fellow tailgaters.
- No tailgate is complete without food! Burgers, sandwiches, chips, cookies – we’re a fan of all sorts of tailgate foods. Have a list prepared ahead of time so everyone knows what they can contribute to make every tailgate great!
What games do you like to play during a tailgate? Share your favorite activity with us in the comments below!