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Tailgating Ideas

There's a mind-boggling amount of tailgating info out there, from clubs to gadgets to magazines and more. We've gathered some of our favorites.

Tailgating Ideas

Tailgating Ideas

What does the average tailgater look like?

There are hundreds of thousands of you out there, but after taking dozens of polls, the Tailgating Institute of America created this profile of the typical tailgater:

  • College educated male
  • Between the ages of 35 and 44
  • Spends over $500 a year on tailgating food
  • Attends and/or hosts 6-10 Tailgate Parties each season.
  • Uses separate coolers for food and beverages.
  • Travels less than one hour to get to the game
  • Tailgate party begins 3-4 hours before kickoff

Tailgating Resources

There is a mind-boggling amount of tailgating info available to those who seek it. We recommend these resources:

American Tailgaters Associations
With 300,000 members, it's the largest tailgating organization in the country and an authority on the topic.

The National Tailgating League
Another great source on tailgating news, events, recipes, games and more.

Tailgater Monthly Magazine
Yes, there is actually a monthly publication devoted to tailgating.

ATA Tailgate Radio
North America's first radio show dedicated to tailgating. The show airs live each Thursday at 7pm EST and re-airs several times each week. Listen on Sirius 98 or catch the show at Tune into Jeff "Doc" Dockeray as he highlights the games, music, food and more.


Kick off your tailgate the right way with clever products designed to make the party easier.

Grill Toppers
Now you can live, breathe and eat team spirit! The Grill Topper lets you neatly and easily sear your team's logo into your meat. Sports enthusiasts will find their food looks even more delicious., $18-50

Buccaneer Tailgating Cooler with Grill
Picnic Time has created the ultimate all-in-one tailgating tote, which features a small, propane-powered grill, cooler and grilling utensils. Perfect for campers and picnickers, too., $104

Go Grill Kit/Flame Disk
Holy convenience! Leave the charcoal at home, cause the Flame Disk will burn for 45 minutes with just the flick of a lighter and heats up in just 4 minutes. The small grill (sold separately) is lightweight and portable, but here's the best part—it's dishwasher safe!
Flame Disk,, $5
Go Grill Kit,, $29