Nothing shows your support for a football team like showing up hours -- or even days -- before the game to tailgate. From its humble roots on the back end of a pickup truck, this classic football tradition has become quite a production at many high school, college and professional games. Diehard fans often drive RVs stocked with the latest party gear -- from high-end barbecues to satellite dishes -- to the site. At many stadiums, the tailgating event is almost as entertaining as the game itself.
If you decide to throw a pregame party, a little planning goes a long way. First, familiarize yourself with the stadium's parking facilities and regulations. Tailgating, as well as the consumption of alcohol, may be restricted to designated areas. When packing, remember that portability and efficiency is key; when it's time for kickoff you don't want to be stuck in the parking lot loading a bunch of gear back into the car. All you really need is a portable grill, cooking and eating utensils, and perhaps a folding table for food preparation. Anything else -- campers, party tents and big-screen TVs -- simply enhances the experience.