Celebrate National Tailgating Day at the Season Opener!

By Jeff Cavanaugh

While everyone in Happy Valley has September 3 already marked on the calendar for the big Penn State home opener against the Kent State Golden Flashes – September 3 is also celebrated as National Tailgating Day across the country. And there is no better place to celebrate National Tailgating Day than outside of Beaver Stadium with 107,000 of your closest friends!

Now that we've had all winter and summer to plan our first tailgate of the season, its important to not forget the essentials that can help make your tailgate the best.

We certainly do not have to remind the Penn State family about the food and beverages for a tailgate – from pulled pork, BBQ Ribs, burgers, chicken and brats to beer, wine, Bloody Marys and screwdrivers, some of the Penn State tailgates are better prepared than some four star restaurants.

Another key to a perfect tailgate are games – everyone loves to have a cold drink and a little friendly competition! Some of the best tailgate games are Corn Hole, Ladder Ball and, if you're 21, Beer Pong and Flip Cup. Some other classic tailgate games that are also a hit are Kan Jam and Washer Toss; and there's nothing quite like throwing the football around the parking lot before the game either.

Great tailgates always have good music too, so make sure to grab a portable speaker to hook up your iPod or phone to keep everyone singing and dancing throughout the afternoon.

And lastly, don't forget to bring utensils, paper towels and garbage bags! Too many times we have all of the food cooked, beer on ice and games set up only to find out that there aren't any forks for the pasta salad!

With gameday weather looking beautiful so far – 76 and sunny – and the Nittany Lions picked as three touchdown favorites over the Golden Flashes, National Tailgate Day in Happy Valley undoubtedly has the potential to be one of the best days of the year. So get out to the parking lots early and enjoy the first tailgate party of the season!

For more information on tailgating at Penn State – including what items are prohibited and where to recycle your cans and plastic bottles in the parking lots – click here.


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