Football tailgating season is officially here! Several NFL preseason games have been played, and the college football season kickoff is just around the corner. (UPDATE: the NFL and NCAA Seasons are now underway!) For those not familiar with tailgating it is a celebration that takes place before and after sporting events involving food, fun and camaraderie. Tailgating is most common at football games, but you can tailgate at baseball and basketball games, soccer or rugby matches, at almost any stadium or arena where a sporting event is taking place.
While itâ€™s not necessary to have an RV to tailgate, itsâ€™ built-in kitchen and bathroom make it a convenient place to have a before and after game celebration. It eliminates the need for long walks to the restroom, or standing on line for concession stand food. Most tailgaters prepare food at home and warm it or grill it at the stadium. If your RV has an on-board generator, you can watch pre-game and post-game TV coverage.
Fans usually arrive several hours before the game starts, and often stay well after the parking lots are empty, celebrating the thrill of victory or commiserating the agony of defeat. Some pass the time tossing a football or Frisbee, or perhaps playing cards, ring toss, washers or just about any game they can bring along .
If you plan to take an RV to a stadium or arena, a little preparation is in order. First, make sure they can accommodate RVs. In the case of the Pittsburgh Steelers for instance, here is the reply from their ticket office when I emailed them requesting information about RV parking at Heinz Field: â€œThe Pittsburgh Steelers do not own the parking lots. You will have to contact ALCO Parking at 412-323-4455.â€ You will also want to check the stadium tailgating policies to be sure you donâ€™t run afoul of stadium security.
Below are links to several area football stadium websites, their parking maps, and tailgating policies when available. Remember, if you have any questions, be sure to call or email before set out for the big game.
Lincoln Financial Field-Philadelphia Eagles/Temple University Owls
FedEx Field-Washington Redskins
University of Delaware
Penn State University