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Tips for the tailgating season

With football season begining this weekend, the parking lot of Hancock Stadium will soon be filled with grills and games of cornhole. Here are some guidelines to have a successful pre-game party.

(Archive Photo) Many students set up tents in their tailgating area to keep food under or use as protection from bad weather.

(Archive Photo)
Many students set up tents in their tailgating area to keep food under or use as protection from bad weather.

Get to the Game Early

How early you should plan to leave depends on many factors. Around three hours before the start time is probably the best bet, as that leaves time to set up, have some time, and clean up before the game.

Be Prepared

Bring trash bags, drinks, snacks, plates and utensils. It’s also a good idea to bring a couple of games. The most popular tailgating game, of course, is cornhole. Make sure to also bring some lawn chairs, bug spray and sunscreen. An umbrella might be a good idea, too — just in case.

Utilize Storage Space

Pack your cooler and trunk efficiently. To maximize the beverage holding capacity of your cooler and keep drinks chilled, put bottles and cans on the bottom, put a layer of ice in the middle, and stack other food in plastic storage containers on top, along with bagged items. The less empty space, the better to prevent warm air from creeping in.

Show Your Spirit

Come to tailgating dressed to root for the best. Wear ISU school colors and gear so everyone knows which school you’re representing.

Follow the Rules

If you’re tailgating with friends who are underage, be sure to bring non-alcoholic beverages so everyone can stay hydrated while obeying the law. Official tailgating rules can be viewed online at goredbirds.com/sports/2014/4/10/GEN_tailgating.aspx.

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