Tailgating fever is a real condition, folks. Some symptoms include (but are not limited to) the following:
- a hunger to cook anything and everything on a portable grille
- a longing to proclaim your love for sports by shouting and howling like a madman
- the ability to see an ugly parking lot as an open slab of picnicking opportunity
Darrin and I caught a bad case of tailgating fever over the weekend at the National Sports Center. Our beloved MN United soccer team had their home-opener on Saturday night, so we embraced our desire to become “those people” who tailgate sporting events and had ourselves a little picnic in the park….ing lot. There was beer. There was sunshine. And hamburgers were consumed and loved by all. My sister Maddie was awarded the honorary title of “tailgating DJ,” which (as you might have guessed) can be a pretty tricky responsibility in a parking lot filled with tailgaters. Too loud, and your fellow fans will start complaining about the noise. Too quiet, and your fellow family members will start complaining about the lack of noise. And too much One Direction can simply just be too much One Direction. Story of my life (…see what I did there?).
Minnesota tailgaters–or, more specifically, Minnesota United tailgaters–know that when April offers you a weekend of sunshine and 70 degree weather, you take advantage of that unusual gift. You bring your outdoor soccer ball, lace up a pair of old soccer shoes, and pass the ball around in the parking lot while you sip a cold bottle of beer and finish your second hamburger. Three cheers for summer soccer season.
So we tailgated. And watched some soccer. And decided that all Saturday evenings should be spent sitting in lawn chairs in the middle of a parking lot. Perhaps Darrin and I will start tailgating other events? Beer and grilled hamburgers would certainly make our weekly trips to the grocery store more enjoyable. And trips to the dentist (obviously).
I’ve got a feeling that the family and I will be tailgating these soccer games consistently this summer. So for all of you tailgating aficionados—all you infected by the tailgating fever: what are your tailgating tips and tricks?? Ready go!