Baseball Tailgating Like a Pro
Tips From an Amateurish Tailgater That Thinks Like a Pro
One of my favorite things about summer is the multitude of baseball games throughout the season, because more baseball games means more tailgating!
Location, location, location. This is an extremely important element of the whole tailgating experience. You want to make certain you’re tailgating spot is close enough to the stadium to where everyone can quickly pack up and get to the game (and so that even the most inebriated person can eventually make it into the game).
As a local Atlanta Braves fan, my favorite place to tailgate is in the Blue Lot at Turner Stadium. There is a small area there that some could call a park, as it has some grass, trees and a few picnic tables. It’s a perfect place to set up drinking games like Beer Pong or to just sit and relax in the shade while grilling up some food. Which leads me to probably the most important part of tailgating…
Food! Okay, so maybe it’s not the most important aspect of tailgating, but it’s my personal favorite. Nothing says summertime and Baseball like pulling out the grill and cooking up some hamburgers and hotdogs. When it comes to grilling out though, I usually leave that to someone else and focus on my personal specialty – sides. Now begins the special segment where I list my favorite side dishes for the most awesome tailgate ever:
- Jalapeño Mac & Cheese – Simmer some fresh jalapeño slices in the cheese sauce for extra kick!
- Fresh Spinach Salad – Add strawberries, goat cheese, nuts & a vinaigrette
- Potato Salad – I like mine mustard-based with red potatoes
- Chips & Dip – Personal favorite dip to make? Pizza Dip. Seriously – the. best.
- Fresh fruit – Have fresh, cut up watermelon ready and everyone will be your best friend. Promise.
- Boiled peanuts – Maybe this is just a southern thing, but regardless, they are a necessity.
Beverages are a necessary aspect to any tailgate, whether they be alcoholic or non-alcoholic. I tend to go for the alcoholic kind, specifically beer, and to be even more specific, good beer. I am a big fan of 21st Amendment’s Hell Or High Watermelon beer. It’s a refreshing wheat beer brewed with real watermelon, perfect for the hottest summer day.
Of course, the most important drink to keep handy is water! When it’s a hot summer day and you’re spending hours outside, there is nothing more important than staying hydrated.
Even though it is enjoyable enough to just sit, relax and drink with your friends before a game, it is even more fun to play a few games! If you have access to a a flat table, beer pong is a very popular tailgating game to get the competitive spirit going. My personal favorite drinking game to play at a tailgate is flip cup, since it can involve more people and is something that basically anyone (21 or over) can play.
For a more family friendly game, some other great options for tailgate entertainment is a good old fashioned game of corn hole or even just throwing around a frisbee!
If you’re hosting a private tailgate and want to keep out any unwanted guests, wristbands are a great way to do so. To help keep the litter to a minimum at your tailgate, use Tab-Free Tyvek Wristbands since the tab covering the adhesive part of the band doesn’t detach!
To let your guests know the date, time and location of the tailgate, create a custom event ticket to distribute beforehand. Our customizable Baseball Tickets are perfect for fun and festive tailgate invitations!
No matter which team you’re rooting for this season or how you choose to tailgate, I hope you have a great baseball season! What are your favorite tailgating rituals? Share with us!