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It’s tailgating time!

Tailgating for your favorite sports team can be a blast for families. The cost is low, and the fun and excitement are high. To kick off your tailgating, first check the rules with your sports stadium. They will have guidelines and rules regarding alcoholic beverages, open fires/bbqs, designated parking and times. Be sure to investigate thoroughly before going.

After you have your date and details set, it’s time to pack. Don’t forget:

  • Coolers with ice for all your perishable food and drinks.

  • Water: a five-gallon sports dispenser type is perfect for drinks – and when you might need to rinse off sticky fingers.

  • Show your team spirit with foam fingers, flags, face paint, clothing, blankets and more.

  • Stove and/or portable grill for food prep. Hot dogs are simple to cook, and kids love them.

  • Snacks: if you can find items in your team’s colors, it makes it all the more fun.

  • The cleanup: wet wipes, hand sanitizer, all purpose spray, paper towels and a few garbage bags.

You can deck out your parking space in all sorts of spirited ways, such as:

  • Mark the space with an indoor/outdoor rug or astroturf.

  • Create a living room-style hangout space outdoors with camp furniture.

  • A pop up canopy is a must for rain

  • or shade.

  • Hang garlands and battery-powered string lights in the colors of your team.

  • Bring the music! Be mindful of tailgating neighbors. During the game, you can tune in to the live broadcast.

The kids will be tired after all the merriment (which is what we want, right?). If you leave late with littles in tow, pack their pajamas so they can go right from the carseat and into bed.

No matter how your team fares, the day of fun spent together as a family creates memories and traditions you can enjoy for years.


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Monika Duke, executive assistant, has been with Capitol Auto Group for 21 years. She is the mother of two daughters: Lauren, age 18, and Morgan, age 17, who were born on the same day exactly one year apart! Monika enjoys working at Capitol because of the great owners and her co-workers. She also loves the freedom Capitol provides to do her favorite activity outside of work: watching her girls play competitive soccer all over the West Coast.


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