When it comes to tailgating, no league is more passionate than the National Football League. Regardless of whether it’s week 1 or week 16, hot or cold, a meaningful game or not – the fans are there to support their team; especially in the cold.
By definition, tailgating should be done in a parking lot, so it makes sense that football is a perfect fit, with sprawling parking lots surrounding the stadiums, creating ample room to setup a grill, open a cooler and stretch your legs. Did I mention many of these fans may not even have tickets? The tailgate is the event, the reason to get up early on a Sunday and venture into the frigid, sweaty-hot or rain-drenched weather. For the true old-school tailgaters, they are always in the same spot, with the same setup and drinking the same beer (or kerosene if in Oakland). In the case that a parking lot does fill up, no worries, as the party typically flows into surrounding neighborhood yards and adjacent restaurants and bars. There is never a concern that alcohol is going to run out.
That’s not to say each NFL tailgate is the same environment – far from it. Some feature fun drunks and amusement for the whole family, others bring the sexy, and some are downright dangerous (Hi, Oakland).