Pack the Essentials
Tailgating with a group? We've put together a list of the items you'll need for your tailgate.
- Grill, spatula, tongs, matches, lighter
- Trash bags
- Paper towels
- Plates & plastic silverware
- Rain ponchos (just in case!)
- Jumper cables
- Wet wipes
- Cutting board
- Canopy tent
- Foldable lawn chairs
- Frozen water bottles (helps to keep your food cold in the cooler)
- First aid kit
Pack Your Cooler
Next, you'll want to make sure you pack your cooler in the most efficient way possible! Use the handy image above to create room for everything you need, from food to beverages. Throw a few frozen water bottles in your cooler to slow the ice from melting and make sure you pack it as tight as you can so that warm air can't seep in!
Bring Tailgate Games
Heading to the tailgate with friends or family? Bring along some favorite tailgate games to occupy the time until the Chips take the field. Cornhole is a great tailgate classic that's easy to learn and even easier to set up. If you don't know the rules, follow this step-by-step guide for quick and simple instructions. Other games, like lawn golf, Kan Jam, and even a simple game of catch are tailgate games that everyone will enjoy!
Enjoy Free Giveaways
Every year, the CMU football team and local businesses hold promotions and giveaways at tailgates before the game. You can grab free hot dogs from Dog Central's tent and check out some of the freebies that local businesses hand out to tailgaters. Keep an eye on the football schedule for t-shirt and merchandise giveaways. Businesses have also been known to give away sunglasses, sweatshirts, and many other items.
Beat Traffic by Cooking After the Game
After the game is all said and done, you can avoid sitting in traffic by relaxing and cooking up whatever you have left on the grill! It'll save you time and keep everyone full.
Be Safe and Have Fun
Most importantly, make sure that you and your fellow tailgaters have a safe and fun time! Read up on the CMU Tailgating Policy before you head out to the game to make sure you don't break any rules. If you need a tailgating pass or a sound permit, make sure you fill out the applications for them,. Contact the CMU Police if you have any questions on rules or ordinances put out for specific tailgates. If you follow the rules and cooperate with the police, you're bound to have a great time at Kelly/Shorts Stadium!
Tailgating season is the one of the best at Central Michigan University. With the weather cooling down and the leaves turning that maroon and gold color, the campus and football stadium come to life in the fall. Using our CMU tailgating tips and activities, you'll be sure to enjoy a fun, safe, and unbeatable time at Kelly/Shorts Stadium this year. Make sure your vehicle is ready to take on the tailgating season by scheduling a check-up. You don't want your vehicle breaking down before or after the game! If you need any routine maintenance or repairs performed on your vehicle, browse our coupons to obtain discounts on oil changes, brake pads, and more. Enjoy the game and Fire Up Chips!
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