3 Tips to Help You Tailgate Like a Pro

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Pretend that there is a pro tailgating league. If there were… these would be the basics to get your foot in the door. Maybe get you a tryout at the very least. Tailgating is essentially just urban cheerleading anyhow? Right?

Refreshments, Check. Portable grill, Check. Green and white clothes from head-to-toe, Check. Now that we’ve got the essentials out of the way, it’s time to kick it up a notch. Don’t be a rookie to the urban battleground that is Michigan State University tailgating. We’ve got standards to uphold! These five tips will take your pregame antics to the next level.

1. Arrive early  Just because the game doesn’t start until the evening, doesn’t meant that you can just show up and set up camp in the middle of the day. Michigan State and its Big-Ten rivals are packing some serious heat in the fandom department! Die-hard fans are likely to show up as early as possible to get the ultimate spot to put their team at the front and center of game day festivities. If you’re planning to tailgate on campus in one of the public lots, noon or 1 p.m. tailgate lots will open at 7 a.m. Additionally 3:30 p.m. tailgate lots will open at 9 a.m. and Saturday evening games, lots will open at 1 p.m. An exception to this rule is Friday evening games, when lots open at 3:30 p.m.

2. Power Up For The Long Haul One of the easiest mistakes to make is not having enough power. While a car can provide you with some power to play the radio and charge your phone, it’s just not enough. Running your vehicle for these luxuries comes at the risk of catching a dead battery. Don’t be that guy wandering around looking for jumper cables, instead invest in a small portable generator to plug in all of your tailgating peripherals. This way the party doesn’t have to end, and neither do your hopes of getting home after the game.

3. Don’t Be So Anti-Social

While tailgating with your friends is a no brainer, it’s worth your while to connect with other tailgaters in your vicinity. Many tailgaters are ritualistic in tendency, meaning they’ll usually have preferred spots and always sticking to the game plan. If you plan to keep tailgating throughout the season these strangers could easily become your new best friends. Not to mention you’ve already got a common interest to get the conversation started. To make it easier, they’re basically color coated so you won’t make the mistake of striking up an argument with an opposing fan either. Use these simple tips to spruce up your typical tailgating routines. These tid-bits are guaranteed to enable you to fully immerse yourself and integrate you into the festivities that are Michigan State University football tailgating. If it’s your first time getting in on the fun, these tips might just eliminate some of the anxiety that comes when jumping head first into the massively intimidating fan culture. The home team’s amazing, these fans have reason to be obsessed. Now get in there and Sparty on.

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