You probably thought tailgating was a recent phenomena, not really. As far back as the civil war fans have gathered to cheer on their side. Would you believe that picnic baskets were packed and carried to cheer on the soldiers? The idea of people gathering together with food was believed to have started at the Battle of Bull Run in 1861. The locals on both sides gathered to cheer on both sides.
Texans claim the right to the tailgate portion by the invention of the chuck wagon for cowboys on the range. Charles Goodnight converted an old army wagon so he could prepare and cook food on the lowered gate where he placed a grill.
The origin of modern tailgating at sports events has as many theories as there are teams. Some fans never even enter the stadium. The Ivy League schools claim they started because you had to arrive so early to find parking since it was limited. Some of the ‘party schools’ claim the tradition because they know how to party.
Some tailgate parties start 5 hours prior to the event. According to Nationwide Insurance’s blog, 50 million tailgate each year spending over $12 billion! 35% of tailgaters never enter the stadium. True fans tailgate as many as 6-10 times a season, spending over $500 in food each season.
What ever your reason or team, GailsPersonalizedGifts has your gear. Need Personalized Bags and Totes? How about a Tervis Tumbler representing your favorite collegiate team to keep your drinks cold? Get your order in early! It’s time to tailgate.
Blog by: R. B. Green©