Tailgating Tips For Rookies


Tailgating has been a long standing tradition of Football, and having a successful tailgate takes experience and preparation.  If you are about to embark on your first tailgate, you may think you have it all under control…but you’re wrong. Everybody has made a rookie mistake during their first tailgate! Here are a few basic tips from seasoned tailgaters to help you avoid some common first time mistakes on game day.

Prepare Early

Pack what you can in your car the night before.  Be as portable as possible;  grills, generators, chairs, tables or tents–make sure all these things can be easily loaded and unloaded.  You should also pack a bag/box of essentials you will need for that day.  For example, pack plastic serving ware, napkins, toilet paper (don’t assume the porta potties will have this) and garbage bags. To make your life a little easier, designate people in your tailgate party to be responsible for bringing certain items.

Make A Food List

Making a list of food you want to bring to your tailgate prior to the event will help to ensure you don’t forget certain items when packing your cooler game day morning. Having two coolers works best, one cooler for your food and one for your beverages.  Make sure to pack non-alcoholic beverages as well, you will need something for your designated driver to drink and something to keep your drinkers hydrated throughout the day. Drinking nothing but alcohol can cause people in your party to become dehydrated and ill.

Have A Plan

Know before you go!  Check your stadium’s parking and tailgating guidelines prior to game day. If you are meeting friends, you may want to discuss a general area in the parking lot where you will meet and use a flag that will signal your exact location. Get to the parking grounds early (about 3-4 hours before game time) to secure your discussed location. Do not rely on your cell phone to contact your friends once you get there since many phones have trouble with reception in and around the stadium area.  Make sure everyone in your party is aware of the plans before hand.

Get To Know Your Neighbors

Once you have completed set up, put your game face on and make friends.  Don’t be shy!  Everyone is there for the same reason so finding a common interest won’t be difficult. It’s important to get to know your community.  Say you forgot to bring mustard for your hot dogs, I’m sure your nice neighbor wouldn’t mind sharing their mustard with you!

Break Out The Radio

A portable radio is perfect for playing music while you tailgate or listening to updates on other football games going on that day. Just remember to be respectful of your neighbors. Don’t play your radio too loudly or play music with vulgar lyrics that could offend the nice neighbor who just shared their mustard with you.

Play Games

Not everyone in your party will be content just sitting around drinking and discussing their predictions of that days’ game, so have fun games available to play. Bring a football to toss around, a Frisbee or even a deck of cards for card game.  Anything to keep your party busy will make them happy, and happy people are the key to a successful tailgate.

Dress Appropriately

Check the weather beforehand and dress accordingly. It will be a long day outdoors and you don’t want to be caught over or under dressed. If you know it’s going to be chilly early in the day, bring a sweatshirt with you. If there is a chance of rain, bring a rain jacket.  There is nothing worse than sitting through an entire game and then a ride home in wet clothes.

Have Spare Chargers

In the digital/social media world we live in, it’s going to be very hard to have a day without using technology. On a busy tailgating weekend, your phone and tablet hours may double. You will also find that your battery life drains quickly when your phone or tablet is constantly searching for service. Be sure you have your devices charged and get a spare charger for the car in case you run low.

Clean Up

You want to start breaking down and packing up at least 30 minutes before you plan to head into the stadium. Put all your garbage in a garbage bag and all bottles in a separate bag.  The parking lot trash bins may be full, so it is important to bring hefty duty garbage bags that seal odors in case you have to travel home with your trash. Make sure all food you are traveling home with is sealed shut as well.

When it comes to charcoal, coals can stay hot for hours and they need to be disposed of properly. A good trick for this is using the aluminum pans that held your burgers, hot dogs and other food you came with. Discard the remaining coals into the aluminum pans then take the melted ice from your coolers to pour over the coals. After the coals have cooled you can throw them in a garbage bag as well.

Whatever you do, do not leave trash, food or bottles lying around the parking grounds. When it comes to tailgating the same rules apply as if you were camping… you should take out everything you bring in.

Don’t Forget Your Camera

Not only will you want pictures of yourself and your tailgate party, but you are going to see some interesting things while you are there. Tailgating is a huge event! You will most likely see people decked out in team spirit with their faces and bodies painted, decorated vehicles and crazy blow ups…well, who really knows what you will see, but trust me you will want to capture those memories!

These are all the tips we are willing to share, everything else you will have to learn on your own like the rest of us had to! Follow our advice, be safe, have fun, and nobody will realize you are a rookie on game day. Happy tailgating!


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Take Your Home Entertainment Experience To The Backyard



Football season is right around the corner, and the smell of Buffalo wings is in the air. Football is not just a game you sit on the couch and enjoy; it’s an event! For those who can’t make it to the game, you need to bring that same excitement and energy to your home every Sunday. Want to know how to bring your game day experience to a whole new level?

Imagine watching the game in your own backyard, barbecuing with family and friends while the kids play catch. This is the next best thing to being at the game. Chances are you already have a grill and patio furniture; all you’re missing is the perfect outdoor television. Before you run out and purchase a TV for your backyard tailgate, there are a few things you should know.

An indoor TV won’t cut it. Myth is that you can use an indoor TV outside, but doing so will likely void your warranty and you will end up with an overheated TV. TV’s are designed to work within a certain temperature range; start pushing the edges of that range and bad things are going to happen. The operating temperature of an outdoor TV has a much larger range than an indoor TV. Unlike indoor TV’s, SunBriteTVs, the leading manufacturer of outdoor television, can range from as low as -40 degrees Fahrenheit to as high as 122 degrees Fahrenheit.

Outdoor televisions are built with an exterior design to protect internal components from rain, dust, insects, humidity and salt air. These televisions are made to be installed permanently outdoors. Indoor TVs are not.

Once you have decided on the screen size; pick a spot in your yard for installation that isn’t facing directly into the sunlight. An outdoor TV is not much different in this way to an indoor TV. SunBriteTVs come with variable backlighting that allows the brightest picture possible during the day and dimmed for viewing at night.

Obviously there are other benefits to purchasing an outdoor television than just watching football games. Do you remember Drive-in Theaters? You can replicate that same experience with a movie night in your own yard! Watch your favorite sitcom or try your next workout video outside instead of indoors. . . there are so many ways to appreciate outdoor television viewing!

Are you thinking about the possibilities? Check our large selection of SunBriteTV, the leader in true outdoor television, and find the perfect TV for you today! Check out our store locations here.


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Quick Tips On Cleaning Your Grill

Clean your grill

Summertime is coming to a close, but don’t put those grills away just yet. Football season is right around the corner! Whether you are going to the game or hosting a party at your home, a tailgate without a barbecue is just not complete. Before you fire up the grill and get ready to ‘WOW’ your guests with your award winning wing recipe, remember, the secret to great grilling is a clean grill.

Your grill has probably worked hard all summer long and could use a good scrubbing before another season of grilling, so here are some quick steps and tips on how to clean and properly maintain your grill:

Step 1

Before you start make sure your grill is off and has cooled down. If you have a gas grill make sure to disconnect the propane tank before beginning. Fill a bucket or pan with warm soapy water. Remove grates and place them in the warm soapy water to soak.

Step 2

If you have a charcoal grill remove the coal grate and brush out the insides. If you have a gas grill, remove briquettes, lava rocks or metal flame shield to expose burner. Clean out ash and residue around the burners. When you are finished make sure the burner is in place and did not shift during cleaning. Cleaning the burners is important, because they can accumulate grease and food leading to uneven temperatures along your surface.

Step 3

Use a wire brush and a little soapy water to gently scrub the inside surfaces of your grill. If you have a gas grill, brush off briquettes, lava rocks or wash metal flame shield in warm soapy water. Remove any particles from grill and reassemble.

Step 4

Remove cooking grates from water and brush clean with wire brush. After you have brushed grates spray it down with cooking oil. This prevents your grill from rusting and ensures a long life. Then put grates back on grill.

Step 5

Allow the whole grill to air dry after cleaning. Once you grill again give an extra five minutes of heating time to make sure any cleaning residue has burnt off.

*This type of cleaning should be done after every 8-10 uses

Tips to properly maintain your grill

  • Keep your grease traps clean. Grease is highly flammable and can cause a fire or heat up all surfaces including the handles.
  • For charcoal grills it is important to dump all used charcoal or ash after each use.  After dumping remains clean inside with a wire brush. By keeping the bed of your grill clean, you will cut down on excess smoke and bad flavors
  • Regular cleaning makes the job easier. Routine brushing of the grates with a wire brush prevents food and bacterial buildup. After each use you should soak your brush in hot soapy water. Then hang brush upside down to dry. Drying the brush naturally ensures the bristles will last a long time. If bristles from your wire brush start to fall off, it is time for a new brush. Fallen bristles mixed with food is dangerous if ingested.
  • Keep your grill in good shape by properly storing it when not in use. Grill covers are great investments for protecting all types of grills from inclement weather.
  • Replacing your grill parts is important. And many manufacturers come with a lifetime guarantee on certain parts. Save your book and any warranty information.


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