As an avid tailgater who is also an NFL season ticket holder, I was shocked and appalled to learn that tailgating was forbidden on Super Bowl Sunday. You read that correctly, there is no tailgating at the Super Bowl. The Super Bowl has gradually turned into an overcommercialized media event over the past few years but banning tailgating at the Super Bowl is just hypocritical and short sighted by the NFL. How can the NFL encourage millions of fans to tailgate prior to every game during the season but ban tailgating before the Super Bowl? In order to correct this, I have written a petition to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and the Super Bowl Host Committee insisting they abandon the policy of forbidding tailgating before the Super Bowl.
We as a highly motivated and determined community of tailgaters need to support this petition. We need to send a message to the NFL that tailgating is synonymous with the entire game day experience. It is highly hypocritical of the NFL to encourage tailgating prior to pre-season, regular season and playoff games but to make it a criminal act on Super Bowl Sunday. We as a tailgating nation need to show some solidarity and prove that we are a dedicated group that can have a direct influence on the American economy. If the NFL does not take us seriously and allow tailgating to resume at the Super Bowl, we need to be prepared to have our actions speak louder than words.
The highlights of the petition are:
- Insists that the ban on Super Bowl tailgating policy be abandoned.
- Points out that this policy is hypocritical and undermines the NFL’s credibility.
- By banning tailgating at the Super Bowl, the NFL has essentially sent a message that the potential threat of terrorism has criminalized a uniquely American way of life.
- If the anti-tailgating policy is not changed, tailgaters across America are willing to boycott all Super Bowl advertisers and their products if this policy is not changed.
We as Americans need to keep a watchful eye on our freedoms as they slowly erode away under excuse of “security reasons”. Can the act of tailgating be so harmful that it jeopardizes the public safety of the surrounding area near the Super Bowl? If you think it does, feel free to go visit another web page. If you think tailgating should be allowed before any NFL game, including the Super Bowl, then please sign the petition to allow tailgating at the Super Bowl.