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Stop Getting Screwed Inside The Stadium

Posted by Dave On February - 15 - 2011

Yankee Stadium BeerJoe Cahn, the self-proclaimed Commissioner of Tailgating likes to call tailgating “the last great American neighborhood”. What he means is that, while tailgating people are very friendly and will let complete strangers borrow a bottle of ketchup. This “neighborhood” in the parking lot harkens back to a time in America where no one locked their doors and instead of running to the store for a cup of sugar, you just went next door to borrow it from a neighbor.

I, on the other hand, like to refer to tailgating as “the great equalizer”. This means that since so many exterior forces are beyond our control, the one thing we can control is how and to what extent we can take our tailgating. As fans and tailgaters we can’t control ticket prices. We can’t control gasoline prices. We can control food and beverage concession stand prices. We can’t control parking fees. The one thing we can control is what we want to consume in the parking lot and how much.

By going tailgating, one could potentially avoid paying all the high costs of food and beverage inside the stadium. In my experience while a San Diego Chargers season ticket holder since 2004, I can recall three times buying something inside Qualcomm Stadium. All three times it was a bottle of water because it was an early season game in August or September and I had already downed the two bottles of water I was allowed to bring in. In my seven years as a season ticket holder not once have a purchased a hot dog, pretzel or beer inside the stadium. Now surfacing is evidence that not only was I saving money but probably was avoiding being cheated as well.

Back in January, a couple of astute Seattle Seahawks fans exposed the Qwest Field concessions of selling beer in 16-ounce and 20-ounce cups that hold the same amount of liquid. The perceived “large” cups of beer cost $1.25 more. Take a look for yourself.

I saw the above video a month ago and thought of posting about it here. I chose not to at that time thinking it was an isolated incident. I also held off because the Seahawks organization came forward soon afterward and revealed that both cups were 20-ounce cups. The “smaller” of the two cups was being sold for less than the large. Therefore those fans buying the “smaller’ beer were getting 4-ounces extra while paying the lower price.

Now comes along a video that was originally posted in May 2010 that shows a baseball fan doing a similar demonstration as the Seahawk fans. The real crime here is that the smaller beer costs $5 while the “larger” beer costs $8. Take a look.

The moral of the story? Stop buying beers inside the stadium.

Sure these two videos may be isolated incidents but then again, would you be surprised if this was pervasive in other places?

Bottom line, you know when you are buying your tailgating food at the grocery store, you are getting the sizes and quantities you expect. Eat and drink to your heart’s content out in the parking lot and save your money. It wouldn’t surprise me if that quarter pound hamburger inside the stadium is a tad on the light side even before cooking.

Tailgate Beer In Cans

Posted by Dave On January - 18 - 2011

Over a year ago our designated beer review, Mike “the Beer Guy”, did a review on Jay’s Blacktop Blonde. That particular beer was the latest brew to come out of San Diego based craft brewery TailGate Beer. Blacktop Blonde received a good review from us here at TailgatingIdeas.com but as with most craft brews, they do not lend themselves very well to a tailgating parking lot that bans glass bottles. I personally received word earlier today from Wesley Keegan, the owner of TailGate Beer, that they are now offering Blacktop Blonde in a can.

TailGate Beer In a can

This news is huge because given the vast number of craft breweries in San Diego, Calif., TailGate Beer is the first craft brewery to offer their beer in a can. It just goes to show you that TailGate Beer really does understand the desires of tailgaters to have a quality beer without the potential hassle of a glass bottle.

If you happen to tailgate at a stadium that bans glass bottles, much like Qualcomm Stadium does, normally you have to shield yourself with a car door or the lift gate of your SUV and pour your craft beer out of the bottle and into a red cup. That’s a pain in the ass and you still have to find a way to dispose of the glass bottle so the police do not issue you a ticket. That is why many tailgaters opt to go with some Macro Brew in a can just because of the convenience factor. With this latest announcement from TailGate Beer, making that undesirable decision is a thing of the past.

TailGate Beer expects the first shipment of 12-ounce cans of Blacktop Blonde to arrive in San Diego and be available to tailgaters by the end of January. Distribution plans include an initial focus on the west coast and the Midwest. In March 2011, TailGate Beer expects to release their gold medal winning Hefeweizen in a can. Keep an eye out for TailGate Beer coming to a retailer near you. And if you do spot a six-pack at your favorite store, make sure to pick some up. Not only will you be drinking a quality beer but you’ll also be supporting a business that helps promote tailgating and the tailgate party lifestyle.

For more information regarding TailGate Beer and to locate a retailer, visit: TailGateBeer.com.

Tailgate Wiki: Wikipedia of Tailgating

Posted by Dave On May - 5 - 2010

Tailgate Wiki Logo

When you want to watch your team on the road, naturally you want to tailgate prior to the game. The problem with that is every stadium has different rules, different parking fees, different gate opening times and different items are prohibited. It would be great if you had a friend in every city that was also a season ticket holder and a regular tailgater that you could call and get the inside scoop before you hit the parking lot. Unfortunately, most of us don’t know that many people all spread out all over the country. Now that TailgateWiki.com has been created, now you do.

If you have spent any amount of time on the internet you are probably familiar with Wikipedia. In a nutshell it is a free online encyclopedia that anyone can edit. The beauty of Wikipedia is that everyone is an expert about something and the fact that anyone can edit an entry allows the knowledge base to grow from individuals who are experts in the field from all corners of the globe.

Tailgate Wiki is based on the same concept as Wikipedia. Tailgate Wiki encourages those tailgaters and season ticket holders to contribute to the tailgating community to compile the most comprehensive database on stadiums, their parking lots and most of all, the tailgating atmosphere. Users can edit existing pages and add new information that was not originally included. Tailgate Wiki users can create a new team page if it does not already exist.  Instead of searching the internet for all the different rules and policies of the different stadiums it is all contained within Tailgate Wiki. The best part is the information is coming straight from those tailgaters who are in the parking lots week in and week out.

The premise here is to provide tailgaters an insider’s edge on any stadium no matter if it is college football, NFL football, Major or Minor League Baseball, college basketball, college baseball, hockey, basketball, auto racing or horse racing. If you can tailgate prior to it, Tailgate Wiki is the place to share it.

On top of compiling all those “official rules” that pertain to different stadiums, Tailgate Wiki will have information that only those fans in the local area will know. For example, did you know that all glass bottles, jars, bowls and cups are prohibited in the Qualcomm Stadium parking lot? Even though there are no signs posted at the entrance gates to Qualcomm Stadium announcing the glass ban, the San Diego Police Department will issue a ticket right there on the spot. Had you visited Tailgate Wiki prior to going to the Q, you would have known to only bring cans and your salsa needs to be a plastic tub. This is just a prime example of some of the information you can learn by visiting Tailgate Wiki before heading out.

Those tailgaters who regularly tailgate at a particular stadium should contribute all the knowledge they have about their stadium to help the tailgating community as a whole. Think of it as “paying it forward” so when it comes your turn to visit a new stadium, you’ll know exactly where to go, what rules to abide by and at the very least, what time you should arrive. Even home fans might learn a thing or two from others who tailgate in different sections of the parking lot.

Tailgate Wiki
recently launched a few weeks ago and already has 789 teams, stadiums and race tracks entered. Some pages only have the stadium address while other pages have a comprehensive list of information in tremendous detail. We would encourage you to check out Tailgate Wiki and contribute your knowledge to help advance the tailgating community. We’re sure the information you find on Tailgate Wiki will benefit the entire Tailgate Nation.

To learn more or to start contributing today, visit: TailgateWiki.com.

Weekend Wrap-Up #93: Viral Video Edition

Posted by Dave On February - 15 - 2010

Upon hearing the term “viral video” years ago I immediately assumed it was video content that would spread malicious computer viruses that would hack my bank accounts. Trust me, as a victim of the Happy 99 worm virus over 10 years ago, I am always skeptical when it comes to anything that remotely sounds like a computer virus.

To my surprise viral video actually means a video that gets passed around via email or gets posted on the internet because it is either funny or controversial. Budweiser has had some success capturing the power of the internet by producing a few commercials for the web with the intent of being a bit more edgy than regular TV would allow in hopes the video goes viral. They nailed it a while back with a video entitled “swear jar” and have hit another home run with “Clothing Drive”. I’ll share both because you’ll probably get a laugh out of both. Links follow the videos.

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• A Valentine’s Day joke for the single guys
• The 25 Hottest “Hot Girls from Facebook” Photos
• The Pros and Cons Of Qualcomm Stadium
• 25 Valentines Day Girls in Lingerie
• How To Weather The Tailgating “Offseason”
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• Super Bowl Bound? Leave Your Hibachi at Home
• 25 Pics of Verne “Mini Me” Troyer With Hot Chicks
• New restrictions for Point-to-Point tailgates
• Which Celebrity Would You Want on Your Beer Pong Team?
• Tailgating Recipes in NASCARista
• The Leno Show Goes To The World Series of Beer Pong
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• A tale of good food from some tailgaters
• Tailgate party focuses on fitness, not football
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• Tailgating 9 Tips for beginners, which will make you feel Like a Pro
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Tailgating Tips From NationalTailgate.com

Posted by Dave On September - 8 - 2009

Ladder golf at a University of Texas tailgateImage via Wikipedia

College football season started last weekend and the NFL opens its season on Thursday. For the past month leading up to tailgating season, the guys over at NationalTailgate.com had been revealing their list of  tailgating tips on Twitter. Each day they would reveal two or three tips that will make your tailgating experience more enjoyable and worry free. It really is a solid list and I won’t steal their thunder by publishing the whole thing. (you’ll need to head over THERE to view all 60 tailgating tips) I will however, list a few of the ones that I believe are the most important for having a successful tailgate.

National Tailgate’s Tips

  • Stock up on ice – you can never have enough ice. (Plus any extra ice can be used for cocktails and mixed drinks.)
  • Leave enough time before the start of the event to clean up and pack up your tailgating equipment. (I hate missing kick-off because I lost track of time while tailgating.)
  • Come up with a unique identifier to make your tailgate stand out from the others. This way your arriving guests will find you a lot faster. Flagpoles and tents usually do the trick. (This gives your late arriving tailgaters more time to tailgate rather than driving around looking for you down each row.)
  • Not only should you use a checklist to ensure that you pack everything before the tailgate, but use that checklist to make sure you are not leaving anything behind after the tailgate. (I fell victim to this and ended up leaving my flag pole mount at Qualcomm Stadium. Never again.)
  • Don’t forget to bring some cash for parking. (Sounds like a no brainer but you would not believe the amount of people trying to pay to park with a debit card.)
  • Keep in mind that cooking equipment (grills, stoves, etc…) need sufficient time to cool off before you pack them away. (Don’t be like this douchebag and think putting a grill under your car is a safe thing.)
  • Upon arriving home, make sure you clean out your tailgate vehicle right away…the longer you wait, the more you’ll regret it. (This is a big one for me and even if it is late after a Monday Night game, I always unpack as soon as I return home.)
  • If you’ve been drinking, make sure you have a designated driver or you designate enough time after the event to sober up. (Another no brainer but so important that I had to include it here.)
  • Don’t be afraid to duplicate other tailgaters’ techniques. If they’ve come up with a great idea, use it. (That’s why you are here reading this right? To get some tailgating ideas.)
  • Check tailgating blogs or fan websites online to connect with other tailgaters. (Tailgate Haven is an excellent resource for this)

For the complete list head on over to NationalTailgate.com. Also, make sure to follow them on Twitter too.

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