Your Tailgate Checklist

Tailgating Season is Here!

If you are cheering for The Carolina Hurricanes, NC State, UNC, Duke, or Campbell, It’s that time of the year again…

A time to showcase your team pride and partake in game day fun. When it comes to tailgating, as the host, it is important to provide your guests with a memorable game day experience; a delicious and entertaining event they will never forget. With every unforgettable tailgating party comes some element of planning, so don’t make a rookie mistake and forget to think ahead.  Learn how to tailgate like a pro. 

To help you create a legendary Tailgate Party that everyone will be talking about even after the game, take a look at these game day essentials. 

 Food and Drinks:

  • Appetizers
  • Snacks
  • Main food items
  • Condiments
  • Desserts
  • Drinks of all kinds (Soda, Water, Beer, Wine, Liquor or Mixed Drinks)
  • ICE
  • Cooler(s)
  • Bottle Opener


Cooking Items:

  • Portable grill
  • Propane gas or charcoal (lighter, if necessary)
  • Grilling utensils (metal spatula, tongs, fork)
  • Cooking spray
  • Aluminum foil 
  • Plastic containers or resealable bags for leftovers
  • Garbage bags
  • Paper plates
  • Utensils for eating and serving
  • Napkins/Paper towels
  • Cups


Set-up Needs:

  • Potential area for shade (Tent or umbrella)
  • Folding chairs
  • Folding Table
  • Team Decor



  • Portable Speakers
  • Playing cards
  • Yard games 
  • Drinking games



  • Sunscreen
  • First aid kit
  • Rain gear


Make sure to pay attention to the details

If it is your first time tailgating at the arena, be sure to research what the stadium allows during the pregame celebration. Some facilities may not allow grills or open flames in the parking lot area, so it is best to know what you are working with before you head to the game. 

Also, don’t forget the tickets and your team apparel! Tailgating is about having fun with friends and bonding over your love of the sport and team, so wear your colors proudly!

We understand that the best part of tailgating is keeping up the tradition of supporting your local college football team. Call us today at (919)977-3691 so that we can make your tailgating event run more smoothly and give you plenty of time to enjoy the Game Day Fun. 

Remember, no one covers your tailgate event better than J&J Tent!


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