Football fan or not, the season is fast approaching. Even if you aren’t a diehard sports fan, tailgating can still be the highlight of your weekend. With food, games and great company, learn how to tailgate like a winner—regardless of the outcome of the actual game. Brush up on these tips before the first Husker game on September 3rd to score a tailgating touchdown.
Location, Location, Location
You don’t have to be downtown to have a ball, but it’s certainly an option! Downtown Lincoln is home to endless tailgating options before the big game. For just $25 you can enjoy all the festivities that Haymarket Park has to offer. Or for a budget-friendly option, stop by the Husker Nation Pavilion for no entry fee. It opens up three hours before kickoff, and with music, food, games and even autograph sessions, there’s something for everyone. Be sure to plan ahead for parking with this helpful map: http://gamedayr.com/big-ten/lincoln-nebraska-cornhuskers-gamedayr-guide/nebraska-cornhuskers-football-gameday-parking/
If fighting the crowds isn’t your thing, open up your garage door, set out some food, and turn on the big screen for your own epic tailgating party. Snacks and refreshments are a must, but you can spice things up with some simple decorations. Grab some red helium filled balloons to release after the first touchdown to bring a little bit of Memorial Stadium to your own driveway. When the weather turns chilly, combat rose red cheeks with a bright Husker “N” temporary tattoo to get everyone in a festive mood. And you can prepare for those winter games by snagging an end-of-summer-sale on a portable fire pit—perfect for s’mores and warming chilly hands.
Slow cookers are essential for easy prep and even easier cleanup. Chili, wings, dips and even dessert can be prepared and served right in your slow cooker. Check out this delicious treat—slow cooker apple cinnamon cobbler—perfect for fall and sure to please every hungry guest.
For halftime and downtime, games will keep your tailgate rolling with laughter. Brush up on your Nebraska terminology and learn how to build and play the Midwest tradition known as cornhole.
But of course any lawn game will do. Try yard darts, Frisbee, or your own football scrimmage right on the front lawn.
But the most important thing for any successful tailgate is making sure to invite the most diehard Husker fans. Cheering, yelling, clapping, and hopefully minimal nail biting, will get even the most fair-weather fan ready for a season of epic tailgating and Husker football.