10 Random Facts About Tailgating
1. People actually tailgated at Civil War battles
2. Louisiana may consider jambalaya a tailgating must, while those in the Midwest simply can’t go without brats. And the West Coast? Don’t be surprised to see grilled fish or pasta. While dishes may differ from region to region, one thing is the same across the board: beer.
3. The average tailgater spends more than $500 per year on food for tailgating.
4. Wisconsin winters are notoriously brutal, but that doesn’t keep these superfans from setting up shop in the parking lots. In 1967, fan braved a wind chill of 48 degrees below zero to see the Packers defeat the Cowboys in what would become known as the “Ice Bowl.”
5. Tailgating may have began at football games, but the trend is now expanding to include other stadium events. One of the biggest non-sports-related events people tailgate for is concerts. Some, like fans of musician Jimmy Buffet, have extremely elaborate and large tailgating parties before the concert begins (and sometimes afterwards, too).
6. At the Battle of Bull Run in 1861, Union Army supporters showed up with some food and drinks and loudly cheered on the soldiers while hanging out in their carriages. They sang fight songs, took bets on how long the battle would take, and even caused a traffic jam when the battle was over — all classic tailgating practices.
7. Each year between 20 and 50 million Americans tailgate in a stadium parking lot.
8. When it comes to college tailgating, ESPN felt that Louisiana State University boasts the best experience. Other top schools the sports channel lauds for tailgating fun are Ole Miss, Tennessee, Washington, and Penn State.
9. A growing number of tailgaters are taking advantage of technologies that let them watch pre-game coverage, other match-ups, or the game itself from their cars.
10.The Georgia-Florida game in Jacksonville, Florida, is known informally as the World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party