Football: the most beautiful "tailgates" to fully enjoy the experience

Football: the most beautiful “tailgates” to fully enjoy the experience

In football, there is of course the match in these huge and crowded stadiums. But there is also the traditional “tailgate”, this meeting between supporters before the game which often takes disproportionate proportions in the United States.

Our “fans” who have traveled thousands of kilometers in recent years to attend NFL or NCAA games are particularly fond of this tradition.

“People think it’s just drinking. Obviously, there are always some who take a hit, but it’s very family-oriented, ”says Martin Dalpé, who speaks knowingly. To date, he has seen football matches in more than twenty stadiums.

Motorized vehicles, barbecues, giant screens installed a few hours before the start of the matches… Mr. Dalpé also suspects several of these football fans of not “even going to see the match”.

“People will arrive several hours in advance. If the game is at 4 p.m., they will listen to the 1 p.m. [sur le téléviseur qu’ils auront apporté]. After the 4 p.m. game, they turn the BBQ back on and they watch the 8 p.m. game,” he notes.


Marc Lafleur with a fan dressed as a Viking during a game at US Bank Stadium, home of the Minnesota Vikings.

Photo provided by Marc Lafleur

Marc Lafleur with a fan dressed as a Viking during a game at US Bank Stadium, home of the Minnesota Vikings.

In the university cafeteria

In the NCAA, access to certain “tailgate” is paying, however warns Dominic Casavant, who is both a big fan of the NFL and American college football.

At the University of Florida, where the Gaitors play, tickets must be purchased in advance or on site. The campus is located right next to the stadium, the Exactech Arena in Gainesville.

However, it was worth it, he says: “We partied, and we even had access to the university cafeteria where we could eat. We took advantage of it! »

Buffalo, city… festive?

But not all tailgates are created equal. Our connoisseurs have pointed out their favourites: in Buffalo – which is not considered to be the most festive city –, in Green Bay, New York and Kansas City.

These are the biggest, the most festive, they note.

When he leaves by car, and not by plane, Martin Dalpé also brings his own barbecue to fully enjoy the experience.

But our fans say it: sometimes it is enough to be a little sociable (and to explain that we have traveled thousands of kilometers to attend the match) to be offered drinks and food by the regulars. space!

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