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Tailgate Wiki: Wikipedia of Tailgating

Posted by Dave On May - 5 - 2010

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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.

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