In the United States, a tailgate is a social event to celebrate or support your favorite or local team. Tailgating consists of many different things for different people. There is no one way to tailgate. But I guarantee you that we do it right in Texas. Not only do we grill/BBQ anything we also bring flat screen TVs with satellites so we can watch other games. They tend to occur in parking lots of stadiums and arenas before and sometimes after games.
Let me set the record straight. We don’t just sit on the “tailgate” of a truck and drink beer. It is way more involved than that. If you see someone tailgating this way, they have much to learn, or a small budget. 😉
Here is my University’s football stadium
Almost every Saturday in the fall the whole town, plus thousands of out-of-town guests pack the city of Austin for the football game. The University of Texas football stadium (Darrell K. Royal Texas Memorial Stadium) holds roughly 100,119 people. It is the 6th largest stadium in all of College Football. The attendance record for the stadium was set this past October when Texas hosted West Virgina. the record crowd was 101,851 spectators.
Derrick, Jesse, & Justin
In support of your team and heavy anticipation of the game you and your closest 100,000 friends all crowd the parking lots and the streets directly surrounding the stadium. If the game is in the evening you arrive around 9 or 10am that day. If the game is an early afternoon game, some people start tailgating as early the night before!
This is a typical parking lot that is transformed into multiple tailgates. The popularity of tailgating has turned what was once just avid fans with a Weber grill on their tailgate, into a MEGA-festival!
Some areas for fans are supplied with numerous give-aways,
live music, games for people of all ages, etc… We scored mini-footballs, energy bars, necklaces, Chapstick, t-shirts, a string bag and plenty of “refreshments”! Not a dollar was spent!
Here I am playing a small mini-golf hole. If you make it you win a free string bag. If you miss you win a free string bag. You’ve got to like those odds. All the streets are lined up with vendors trying to give away any and everything from free t-shirts, fans, food, vitamin water, and even free beer.
Tons and tons of free beer!!!
This here is Texas Chili. I know a lot of different parts of the world have different ways to make chili, but this is how we do it here. You combine meat, beans and some other secret spices in a pot and stew it for hours. When ready, you add diced onions, cheese, and Fritos on top. It is the most popular tailgating food due to the overall popularity of chili here in Texas
Cat enjoying a Shiner and her own bowl of chili. She is definitely rocking that UT shirt!!
Not too bad for a newbie!!
What a thoughtful present. Merry Christmas!!!
We even take over the parks if they are too close to the stadium.
“Hook ’em Horns”is the slogan of the University of Texas. With this slogan is a hand gesture. The gesture is meant to look similar to the head and horns of the UT mascot, the Longhorn. The sign is made by extending the index and pinky finger whiel grasping the 2nd and 3rd fingers with your thumb. It is one of the most recognized hand signals of all American Universities.
You know how I mentioned getting a lot of free stuff. Well, a guy walked by gave us a free cooler. So, when the tailgates shut down, you can fill your cooler for the road!
On this particular Saturday that we went to Austin, we did not have tickets to watch the game. What we did instead was tailgate for a couple hours and then we headed to a campus famous restaurant, Pluckers. During my tenure at UT, I ate here quite often. I have what you could call a weak spot for chicken wings.
At this particular restaurant, you can take the Plucker’s Challenge. Which is to eat 25 of the hottest wings they serve. The wings are named “Fire in the Hole”. How encouraging does that sound??
If you are courageous enough to take the challenge and can actually complete the feat of eating these ridiculously hot chicken wings, then you get your “victory” picture taken and hung on the wall.
Who’s that handsome guy with red lips wearing the white shirt with blue stripes..???
Yes, I have taken and completed the challenge when I was in University. This picture was from 2005.
After a successful day of tailgating combined with some yummy chicken wings, we headed back to Derrick’s house for a much needed nap!
Little did we know that we had to leave for dinner in 90 minutes!
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