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To Tailgate or not to Tailgate – like it’s even a question!

Does face paint and the smell of some barbeque mixed with sweet victory sound familiar to you? If so, you are probably one of the 240 million people in the United States that tailgate!

Tailgating can be traced back to the first Battle of Bull Run in 1861 where civilians traveled to witness the event, while enjoying picnic baskets full of food. Five years later, Texans created the chuckwagon to feed travelers, a truck with a grill in the back, which happened to be perfect for the evolving brotherhood of tailgaters. Add in some team spirit, some adult “spirits” and game of cornhole and you’ve got 80% of the U.S. population’s pastime.

Hungry fans, getting together with friends for fun and some food before the game, create $35 billion in food and beverage sales. 78% of them use a grill to cook.  Now you’re probably wondering where the best spots are to start the game day festivities in advance.

For football fans, the top five tailgating stadiums are:

  1. Reliant Stadium: Houston, TX,
  2. Arrowhead Stadium: Kansas City, Mo
  3. Ralph Wilson Stadium: Buffalo, NY
  4. Lambeau Field: Green Bay, WI
  5. Lincoln Financial Field: Philadelphia, PA

And for you NASCAR fans out there, your top five tailgating speedways include:

  1. Indianapolis Motor Speedway: Indianapolis, IN
  2. Daytona International Speedway: Daytona Beach, FL
  3. Pocono Raceway: Long Pond, PA
  4. Talladega Motor Speedway: Lincoln, AL
  5. Bristol Motor Speedway: Bristol, TN

True fans can agree that the tailgate is an event in itself. Whether playing ladder ball, beer pong, flip cup, or bringing out your AmeriGas® fueled grill to get your grub on, game day would not be the same without the spirit and legend of the Great American Tailgate.

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