Making Your Own Tailgating Party Games
Tailgating parties can be a great time, and they often provide just as much entertainment as the actual game itself. While some tailgating parties are fairly laid back, others serve as a way to get attendees pumped before the big game. It’s hard to get excited when you’re sitting or standing around, so consider bringing in a few games to bring the thrill level up to 11. Just remember to keep these few things in mind when you do.
Think of Who’s Attending the Party
The game you decide to incorporate into your tailgating party will depend on the people who are attending. Will this be an adults-only affair, or will kids be present too? While many games are suitable for all ages, tailgating games often include drinking, which is obviously not appropriate for children. Of course, having kids present doesn’t mean you can’t also have adult-oriented games as well, but you’ll want to make sure the children have something to keep them occupied.
Include Some Physical Games
Games that require a little physical effort are a great way to pass the time and bring some excitement to the tailgating party. When thinking of games to play, consider going with something related to the sport you’re holding the party for. For example, if you’re partying before a baseball game, will there be space for a small T-ball game? Or, if you don’t have a lot of space to work with, perhaps bring a baseball-themed bean bag game.
Mix It Up With Trivia, Singalongs, and Chants
Physical games aren’t going to draw everyone in. Most likely, there will be people who just want to relax and not get too physically involved. Plus, there will be times when those who are playing physical games want to take a break. That’s why it’s a good idea to have some other, less intensive ideas hidden up your sleeve. If your team has a song or chant, you could split your party into groups and hold a competition to see who sings it best. Or, you could hold a Jeopardy-style trivia match to find the greatest fan among your group.
Be Safe and Aware of Your Surroundings
Tailgate parties often take place in parking lots; that’s where they get the name from, after all. While most stadiums will have a special section roped off just for tailgaters, you’ll still be around a lot of cars. Don’t let the setting, and potentially, your alcohol-affected judgement, let you put your guard down around heavy machinery. Furthermore, there’s a chance that some groups will be grilling, so, if you’re going deep for a long pass, stay aware of your surroundings.
Don’t Get Too Competitive
It’s game day, tensions are high, and everybody seems to have something to prove. This should be the attitude of the players on the field, not of you and your tailgating partners. The excitement of the upcoming game shouldn’t ruin the low-pressure fun you should be having at your tailgating party. Remember that you’re there to have fun and that it’s not a big deal if you lose a game.
If done right (and to be honest, it’s hard to do them wrong), tailgate parties can be a fantastic opportunity to get your group pumped up. Plus, they’re a good way to meet other like-minded fans of your team. If your group has the awesome games, everyone will want to join in on the fun!