Tailgating Statistics

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Tailgating In The US The History. No one knows exactly when the first tailgating party happened, but here are a few popular theories.

Since parking was limited at small Ivy League schools, fans would arrive to games several hours early, then pass the time by eating and socializing.

In 1900s, families would walk to baseball games after church on Sunday. Tailgating was born out of the communal hours between the service and the opening pitch.

The longest running tailgating party in the U.S. is the Florida-Georgia game in Jacksonville, FL, which has been called “The World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party”.

Fans start arriving Wednesday for the Sunday game.

  • 2 out of every 5 tailgaters:
  • Spend over $500 per season on food and supplies.
  • Tail gate 6-10 times per season.
  • Start tail gating more than 5 hours before kick off

Tailgating Facts & Stats

  • There are an estimated 50 million tailgaters in the US.
  • Up to $12 billion is spent on tailgating activities each year.
  • As many as 35% of tailgaters are so devoted to the pre-game event that they never actually enter the football stadium.

Five best tailgating cities in the NFL:

  • Baltimore
  • Denver
  • Houston
  • San Diego
  • Cincinnati

Tips & Customs

Typical Tailgating Roles:

  • The Grillmaster
    Cooks the perfect burger, every time.
  • The Tentman
    Snags a shaded tailgating spot before everyone arrives.
  • The DJ
    Keeps the music going until game time.
  • The Super Fan
    Only wears team colors, including face paint. The life of every tailgating party.

Popular Tailgating Games:

  • Cornhole
  • Flip Cup
  • Ladder Ball
  • Pong

Best Tailgating Vehicles

  • RV
  • Pick-up Truck
  • SUV
  • Mini-van

Tailgating Statistics

Infographic by Nationwide.

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