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Predictions On Tailgating for 2010

Posted by Dave On January - 12 - 2010

crystal-ballOkay, so I am late to the “predictions for 2010 party” but keep in mind I am fashionably late. We are 12 days into the new year (some are arguing this is a new decade while others say that starts next year… whatever) and it is time for a little amateur prognostication for the coming year.

Now I am not saying that all of these are going to come true, but based on the trends I have seen over the years, these seem to be likely scenarios. And just for fun, how about a prediction that really goes out on a limb? So without further delay, here are the Predictions On Tailgating for 2010

Tailgating times will get smaller and restrictions will grow – I hate to break the news to you but this is one prediction I hope I am dead wrong on. Whatever you want to point the finger at, the trend lately has been to open up the parking lot gates later and later and closer and closer to kick-off. Whether it is irresponsible drinking or acing like a complete jackass inside the stadium, tailgating is taking the blame for being the lighter fluid that ignites bad fan behavior. Those in a position of power see tailgaters as more of nuisance than an asset to the overall game day experience. With every hour they give you to tailgate, that is an hour you won’t be hungry or thirsty to pay for their overpriced concessions. So if you want this one to not come true, don’t act like a drunken moron when you go inside and give them a reason to kill your tailgating time.

Miami_Dolphins_custom_grill_001More tailgating products will be introduced utilizing the 2″ tow hitch – With more and more trucks and SUVs now parked in the garages and driveways of America, most of those vehicles come equipped with the standard 2″ tow hitch receiver. With so many cars and trucks on the road with this capacity, tailgating product manufacturers will continue to fill this space with tailgating specific products. We’ve already seen The Margaritaville Grill, the Take-a-Seat, the SportMast, the Bubba Keg Grill, the Tailgate PartyMate, the Tow Hitch TV and the Party-a-Cargo all use the tow hitch receiver as a way to create more space inside your vehicle by putting something outside of it. With so many vehicles able to support these items that use the hitch receiver, companies will fill the void with more products.

(Editor’s Note: My only hope is that many of these product manufacturers create new products that are compatible with previously released tailgating gear. There is only 2″ receiver ona  vehicle so to use two of these items a dual-hitch adapter needs to be used. Many of the existing products can not be used in concert with each other if using a dual-hitch receiver. Maybe future products will take this into consideration.)

Struggling college football programs will make tailgating more enticing in order to attract more fans to the games – We all know the college football powerhouses like Florida, Oklahoma, Texas, Alabama, Penn State, etc. have great tailgating and tremendous fan support. In fact, Auburn was roundly criticized this past season for having a pay service for tailgating on campus. Many argued that the best tailgating spots were reserved for this service and somehow the university was getting a cut of the action. Baylor on the other hand, not a traditional football powerhouse, has made it easier on tailgaters. By offering to provide a pop-up tent, free electric power and free cable TV hook-up all within a 900 square foot space enticed more people to come and tailgate. More tailgaters translates into more fans in the stands. Look to see other football programs desperate for more fans in the stands to make tailgating a more appealing endeavor in order to put more butts in the seats.

binge-drinkers.jpgMore tailgating games will come out that target binge drinkers – Like it or not, many people view tailgating as an outdoor version of a frat party. Because that mentality permeates those young adults that just finished college and now are tailgating NFL games, binge drinking is still a huge part of tailgating. Those same college graduates that had a cool binge drinking contraption they designed and used in college are now trying to bring them to the marketplace. And with the internet so prevalent, opening up an online store is fast, cheap and easy. So even if the product might only have a small niche interest, they will target the tailgating public as a way to get their company to expand.

Companies will introduce products that are specific to tailgating and not just products that can also be used for camping, fishing and other outdoor activities – In years past, product manufacturers would create a great product designed for use outdoors and would target tailgaters as an afterthought. There is a reason why manufacturers call it a Camping Stove and not a “tailgating stove”. That’s because it was designed for camping originally and then, oh yeah, it dawned on them it could be used for tailgating too. In 2010 that will change. Many companies will be rolling out tailgating specific products and they will be labeled and marketed in such fashion. Also, since tailgating is unique in that items need to be small, lightweight, compact and easy to set up and take down within a three or four hour window, these products designed specifically for tailgating will meet the demand.

Jimmy_FootballMajor Fortune 500 companies will target the tailgating consumer with expensive ad campaigns – We just started to see if this past football season and expect next football season to be even bigger. Large corporations are now seeing tailgating as a legitimate past time and not just something people do on the fringe before the game. They have figured out that tailgaters are not only passionate about their teams but about grilling, eating and having a good time before the game. Why do you think brands like Bud Light used Jimmy Football to try and sell beer to tailgaters? Toyota had a running commercial sponsorship during NBC’s presentation of Sunday Night Football called “Great Moments in Tailgating History”. More companies will look at the success of the Bud Light and Toyota campaigns and will turn their advertising eyes towards tailgating. And it won’t just be for football season either. I am expecting companies to target baseball tailgaters as well.

One NFL Stadium will ban any consumption of alcohol in the parking lots after an ugly incident covered in the media occurs – This may be going a little out on a limb but given past history, this is plausible. We’ve seen alcohol fueled riots prior to the Indiana University/Ball State game in 2008 that got a lot of media coverage. Many stadiums are blaming the alcohol consumed prior to games as the reason fans behave so poorly. All it will take is some major catastrophe to happen at an NFL stadium that involves drunk fans posted up on YouTube and smeared all over the 24-hour news cycle for this to happen. The outrage of public opinion will force a knee jerk reaction to ban all pre-game drinking in the parking lots much like they do at PNC Arts Center prior to certain types of concerts that attract a younger demographic. The New York Jets did not sell alcohol at all during the regular season finale at Giants Stadium this season so this could be a real possibility. If you read the back of your parking pass at Angels Stadium it says  consumption of alcohol is prohibited even though most of the police officers roaming the lots look the other way unless you are making a spectacle of yourself. This prediction may not be too far fetched and all it will take is someone to get hurt badly to draw attention to it.

Now that you have read mine, what are your predictions for tailgating in 2010? Leave a comment below and share what you think will happen in the coming year.

Custom Miami Dolphins Tailgating Grill

Posted by Dave On December - 17 - 2009

Do you remember back in September when we took a Margaritaville Tailgating Grill and customized it to Texas A&M Aggies colors? Well, we are back at it, this time taking a Margaritaville Tailgating Grill and turning it into a custom Miami Dolphins Tailgating Grill. Take a look.

The grill pictured above has already been dropped off at FedEx in order to make one little tailgater in South Florida very happy in time for Christmas. There may not be enough time to customize a grill to your team’s specific colors in time for this Christmas but we can definitely get working on one in time for college bowl games and the end of the NFL regular season. Check out other grills we have customized to see how we can create one for your team and tailgating crew.

Tailgating Grill with Texas A&M ColorsOklahoma State custom tailgating grillCustom NFL Tailgating Grill

These grills can be customized to any of the 32 NFL teams, a select number of College football FBS schools and a handful of Nascar drivers. Available NCAA teams include, Alabama, Univ. of Arizona, Arizona State, Arkansas, Univ. of Colorado, Colorado State, Duke University, Univ. of Florida, Georgia, Univ. of Houston, Illinois, Indiana University, Iowa, Iowa State, Univ. of Kansas, Kansas State, Kentucky, LSU, Univ. of Miami, Fla., Michigan, Michigan State, Missouri, U.S. Naval Academy, Nebraska, Univ. of North Carolina, Notre Dame, The Ohio State University, Univ. of Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Oregon State, Penn State, South Carolina, University of Southern California, Univ. of Tennessee, Texas, Texas A&M, TCU, UTEP, Texas Tech, UCLA, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Wake Forrest, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming.

A number of NASCAR driver themed grills are available for customization too. Available drivers include: The Nascar logo, #3 Dale Earnhardt, #5 Kyle Busch, #8 Dale Jr., #9 Kasey Kahne, #24 Jeff Gordon, #48 Jimmy Johnson, #16 Greg Biffle, #17 Matt Kenseth, #26 Jamie McMurray, #29 Kevin Harvick and #99 Carl Edwards.


Gift Giving Guide: Tailgating Gear

Posted by Dave On December - 13 - 2009

The holiday shopping season is in full swing and you are probably trying to figure out what to give that tailgater on your list. Look no further than right here at TailgatingIdeas.com. Forget those gimmicky Bud Light “Tailgate Tested, Tailgate Approved” items. You know these tailgating supplies have been tried out and been given the stamp of approval from a real tailgater… namely me. So if you can’t find anything on this list your tailgater needs, then they truly are the world’s hardest person to shop for. Better hurry to ensure arrival by Christmas.

The Z-BenchThe Z-Bench – Have you ever needed more seating, an extra table, a step into your pick-up’s bed and a cargo holder all while tailgating? Instead of buying all four of those items just mentioned you should get a Z-Bench. The Z-Bench is a lightweight yet sturdy aluminum bench that attaches to a pick-up truck tailgate. It is not only a bench but has other functions including a tailgate step, a picnic table and can also work as a cargo holder. The best part is it is easy to install by yourself and when not in use, the Z-Bench folds up and takes up less than 3 1/2″ of space. Get your own Z-Bench for a “football season” specialty price of $349 that includes shipping.

margaritaville_tailgating_grill.jpgMargaritaville Tailgating Grill – If you are grilling on anything but a Margaritaville Tailgating Grill you should honestly ask yourself if you want to be considered a serious tailgater. The Margaritaville Tailgating Grill is portable, convenient, affordable and functional. It attaches to your 2″ tow hitch and rides to the game or concert outside your vehicle. The Margaritaville Tailgating Grill is by far and away, hands down, the coolest and best tailgating essential on the market today. $449.00 and that includes shipping. If green is not your color, don’t let that stop you from getting one. See our full tutorial on how you can customize your Margaritaville tailgating Grill to your exact team colors. If you don’t want to do that, we can customize one for you. Click HERE to see examples and ask for a price quote

tailgator_sunshade_001.jpgTailgator Sunshade – Use your SUV lift gate to extend the amount of shade and protection from the weather with the Tailgator Sunshade. A lighter, more compact and faster way to get shade while tailgating, the Tailgator Sunshade provides approximately the same amount of coverage as traditional pop-up canopies. The best part? The Tailgator Sunshade costs less ($119.99 + $20 shipping) and leaves more room for food and beer in your car.

tanksetter_propane_tank.jpgThe Tanksetter – Transporting propane cylinders in your tailgating vehicle can be a hassle and dangerous when the tank inevitably tips over. A tipped propane tank can be quite dangerous because propane cylinders are designed to stay upright. You need to get a Tanksetter. The Tanksetter is a durable, high-density polypropylene base that attaches to standard 5 – to 40-lb. propane tanks. The Tanksetter easily attaches to your propane tank with threaded fasteners and widens the base making it virtually impossible for the tank to tip over. The Tanksetter also prevents the bottom of those rusty propane tanks from making contact with your tailgating vehicle. Also, once you are parked, the Tanksetter provides a sturdy base to prevent tailgate party guests from tripping and tipping over your propane tank while in use. You can get your own Tanksetter directly from TailgatingIdeas.com for $19.95 plus $7 flat rate shipping. Buy two Tanksetters and we’ll pick up the shipping costs. Get the Tanksetter and you’ll never have to worry about your propane tank tipping over again.

PolarHeat_ChairPolarHeat Quad Chairs – You need good, quality and comfortable seating at a tailgating party. Why settle for the unfolded tailgate of your truck when you can have comfort and functionality with the PolarHeat Quad Chair? The chairs are specifically designed with a tailgaters needs in mind. Integrated soft-sided cooler in each armrest holds 10 cans of your favorite beverage plus ice. The best part of these chairs is the hidden pocket underneath the seat that can house a heating pad or a cold pack to keep you warm or cool no matter what season you are tailgating. The PolarHeat Quad chairs come in Red, Blue, Black or Green and cost $49.99 shipped.

grey-1The TrackPack Backpack Cooler – Tailgating is not always pulling into the parking lot, unloading your gear and staying put for three hours. A lot of tailgaters choose to park away from the stadium and walk into the tailgating area to meet friends that already have the party started. You want to bring beverages to the party but lugging a bulky cooler can be a hassle. That’s when you need a TrackPack Cooler. It straps to your back and is carried like a backpack but this is not a book bag you take to class. The plastic insert racking system holds 20 12 oz. cans and dispenses them out of both sides of the cooler. The frozen gel packs keep your drinks cold no matter how long it takes you to drink them. Remove the racking system and insert the waterproof plastic liner, fill with ice and you have yourself a cooler with backpack straps. Ideal for the tailgater on the go. TrackPack Coolers come in three colors, Blue, Red and Grey and costs $51.99 which includes flat rate ground shipping.


Fire Wire Flexible Grilling Skewers: These stainless steel skewers have taken the hassle out of serving shish kabobs at your next tailgate party. Twice the length of regular wooden skewers means you fit more food on your skewers and the best part is you can turn your kabobs using your bare hands. One package of Fire Wire grilling skewers includes two (2) skewers and costs $14.99 plus $5.00 flat rate shipping.

beer_belt_babe.jpgThe Beer Belt – Are you a wandering, nomadic tailgater? Do you ever find yourself far way from your tailgate and without a beer? Problem solved by getting The Beer Belt. It’s a sturdy belt made of heavy duty waterproof ballistic nylon with six heavily insulated beverage slots. Think of it as a utility belt that holds a six-pack instead of tools. Now you’ll never be out of beer if you wander away from your tailgate party or you’ll have a few extras to offer to new friends you meet along the way. Five color options available including black, blue, pink, camo and leopard. To get the full description, visit the Product Page. You can get your own Beer Belt for $28.95 shipped.

Tailgate Couch Red truckThe Tailgate Couch – People still love to sit on the unfolded tailgate of a pick-up truck. That’s the true definition of tailgating. But just because you are a traditionalist doesn’t mean you have sit uncomfortably before game time. The Tailgate Couch converts any full sized truck tailgate into a super comfortable couch. It is heavy duty while being extremely lightweight and easy to set up. Price is $199.00 and that includes shipping to the continental United States via FedEx Ground. The Tailgate Couch comes in two styles, Green Camo with black trim or classic Red with white trim.

The BoomCooler – Coolers and loud music are as much a part of the tailgating experience as having beers, BBQ sauce and a red hot grill. What if you could combine your cooler into a mobile sound system complete with a 10″ sub woofer, dual 6″x9″ speakers, a 600-Watt amp and a Kenwood KDC-MP442U AM/FM radio and CD Player? That’s what you get with the Boom Cooler. Keep in mind the BoomCooler is a rolling party on wheels and is not intended for wet storage. Then again, if you join the tailgate party sporting one of these bad boys, you won’t need to bring your own beer. There will be enough people handing you free ones because you have the coolest sounds system in the parking lot. You can get your own Premium BoomCooler from TailgatingIdeas.com for $949 with shipping to the continental United States included.

You can get your own Premium BoomCooler from Shop.TailgatingIdeas.com for $949 including shipping to the continental United States. Please note, standard shipping is only for the 48 contiguous states. Contact us for shipping rates to Alaska and Hawaii. Click to buy your own BoomCooler Premium.

The Sizzle-Q – As tailgaters we love our grills but not everything you like to eat cooks well on a grill… until now. Foods like eggs, pancakes or stir-fry are impossible to make on a traditional grill without the Sizzle-Q. The Sizzle-Q is a stainless steel griddle that fits on most tailgating grills making your tailgating menu limitless. Get to the lot as early as you like and cook breakfast for everyone on this versatile accessory. You’re surely going to wonder how you ever tailgated without it. With numerous sizes to fit your personal needs, there is a Little Griddle for everyone.

tailgate_hotbag_side-photo.jpgTailgate Hotbag – Just because tailgating is all about the grill doesn’t mean you have to leave those hot dishes like enchiladas, casseroles, hot dips, wings or spreads at home. Bring them tailgating and keep them oven-hot with the Tailgate HotBag. Comes in three different sizes and styles, the Tailgate HotBag can keep food hot up to 165-170 degrees and plugs right into your cigarette lighter. No matter how long the trip, your food stays hot in the Tailgate HotBag.

Can Grip handleThe Can Grip – As you can see, the Can Grip brings class to any standard sized aluminum can. It just snaps on and makes your can look like a sophisticated mug. What you don’t see is that the Can Grip works just like a koozie and keeps your can cold while your hand stays warm and dry.

booze_belly.jpgThe Booze Belly – How can you bring the tailgating inside the stadium or concert without paying an arm and a leg for booze? The Booze Belly is the answer to bringing in your own hooch without it getting confiscated by security at the door. It holds 32 oz. of liquid, has an adjustable strap that goes around your waist and dispenses your booze via a nozzle straw where you control the amount. At less than $15, the Booze Belly pays for itself after two $8 beers you would have bought inside the game. $14.95 shipping included.

Tow_Hitch_Kegerator1.jpgPart-a-Cargo: It’s a kegerator. It’s a sound system. It attaches to your vehicle’s tow hitch and you’ll be the envy of the tailgating parking lot. This is the tailgating accessory that Jimmy Traina of Sports Illustrated labeled “a tailgating essential”. Three different trims are available ranging from $2,895 to $3,795 + $150 flat rate shipping.

You can get your own Part-a-Cargo directly from our online tailgating shop and buy your own Tow Hitch Kegerator.

tailgate_partymate.jpgTailgate PartyMate: This innovative tailgating table system attaches directly to your tow hitch and rides safely outside your vehicle. No more hauling tables in and out of your car or truck. Simply lock it into place and drive it home. The Tailgate PartyMate runs $249 + $20 shipping and handling.

towhitchtv.jpgTow Hitch TV: Bringing a flat screen TV tailgating has never been easier. Tow Hitch TV allows you to transport your flat screen TV to the tailgate party without taking up all that space in your truck or SUV. It can handle flat screens from 30″ to 50″ and supports up to 150 pounds. Tow Hitch TV is $200 + $30 flat rate shipping.

Mobile Tiki Bar for TailgatingMobile Tiki Bar: A Mobile Tiki Bar that can easily fit into the trunk of a compact car. Be the envy of you next tailgate party and ensure that all the women will be coming to hang out with you. No Jimmy Buffett or Kenny Chesney tailgate party is complete without a tiki bar. Click on the photo at left for more information or buy it now for $650.00 + $150 for flat rate shipping.

Mid-Week Eye Candy Wrapper #72: Packer Girl Edition

Posted by Dave On November - 20 - 2009

The weather across the country is getting quite chilly. Especially up in Green Bay, the air temperatures are getting downright freezing. What is this girl doing wearing that this time of year? Well, at least she got the number right for the position she is attempting to play.

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You can get $100 off with FREE Shipping on both the Margaritaville Tailgating Grill and the Margaritaville Cordless Frozen Concoction Maker by using the following coupon codes upon checkout.

To get the Margaritaville® Explorerâ„¢ Cordless Frozen Concoction Maker, use coupon code CHILLIN100 for $100 off your purchase. This offer code is valid only for today and also includes free shipping. By using your coupon code and taking advantage of the free shipping, today your out the door price is $199.99, regularly priced at $299.99.

To get $100 OFF and free shipping on the Margaritaville Tailgating Grill, use coupon code GRILLIN100 during checkout. That $100 coupon is only good for today and today only and includes free shipping. With the coupon and free shipping, your total price during this Margaritaville one day sale is only $299.99, down from the original price of $399.99.

Even if Margaritaville green is not your favorite color, there is good news. You can customize your Margaritaville Tailgating Grill to any team color scheme you choose. All you need is a few cans of spray paint, some painter’s duct tape, an offset screwdriver and an afternoon and you can turn your Margaritaville Tailgating Grill into something that looks like the photos below. (Click on images for larger view)

Customized Texas A&M tailgating grillCustomized Margaritaville Tailgating grillOklahoma State custom tailgating grillCustom NFL Tailgating Grill

Ready to get started? First you need to get your own Margaritaville Tailgating Grill and make sure to use coupon code GRILLIN100 today only to get free shipping and $100 off. Once your grill arrives, watch the video below for instructions on how to customize your Margaritaville Tailgating Grill. (It helps if you bookmark this page so you can find the instructions easily.)

It’s pretty easy but some people don’t want to go to all that trouble or have that kind of patience. Problem solved. We here at TailgatingIdeas.com can customize your grill to represent your favorite team (college or pro) or Nascar driver. All 32 NFL team logos and colors are available for customization.

48 NCAA team logos are available to go along with your team color customization. Available NCAA teams include, Alabama, Univ. of Arizona, Arizona State, Arkansas, Univ. of Colorado, Colorado State, Duke University, Univ. of Florida, Georgia, Univ. of Houston, Illinois, Indiana University, Iowa, Iowa State, Univ. of Kansas, Kansas State, Kentucky, LSU, Univ. of Miami, Fla, Michigan, Michigan State, Missouri, U.S. Naval Academy, Nebraska, Univ. of North Carolina, Notre Dame, The Ohio State University, Univ. of Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Oregon State, Penn State, South Carolina, University of Southern California, Univ. of Tennessee, Texas, Texas A&M, TCU, UTEP, Texas Tech, UCLA, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Wake Forrest, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming.

A number of NASCAR drivers’ logos are available for customization too. Available drivers include: The Nascar logo, #3 Dale Earnhardt, #5 Kyle Busch, #8 Dale Jr., #9 Kasey Kahne, #24 Jeff Gordon, #48 Jimmy Johnson, #16 Greg Biffle, #17 Matt Kenseth, #26 Jamie McMurray, #29 Kevin Harvick and #99 Carl Edwards.


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