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How to Tailgate in Texas


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In Austin, tailgating is not just a good time; it’s a sport.

So get your best grillers, your endurance drinkers, and your favorite koozies ready! This tailgating season is going to be the best, most intoxicating pre-game partying and post-game celebrating, so much so that most Austinites lay low the night before game day to save up the necessary energy to be able to  tailgate. It’s a weekend-long process: there’s prepartory, victory, and recovery. That is what it means to tailgate in Austin, Texas. You better go all out, or go home. No downtime, no air conditioning, and definitely no whining. Here’s what to expect on game days when UT plays at their home stadium.

  1. Parking
    There is no free parking near most tailgating zones (North of 15th and west of I-35), so take cabs, carpool, bike or bus it to your tailgate. Traffic is horrible on game days.

  2. Prepare for the Weather
    It’s notibly hot at the season’s first games in Texas. Unless your tailgate has an indoor facility with airconditioning, it is highly recommended to wear breathable, sweat-proof clothes.

  3. Prepare for the Crowd
    Hundreds of thousands of college students, alumnae, and family swarm the streets of Downtown Austin on game days. They’re a rowdy bunch, but they make the games fun with their enthusiasm and energy!

  4. Private Tailgates
    Be careful about private tailgates and zoned-off areas; some tailgaters paid a lot of money to get the spot you’re standing in. They might ask you to leave. Respect the rules of tailgating, be courteous to other tailgates, and tailgate responsibly.

  5. Public Consumption of Alcohol
    In Austin, you can legally walk with an open container in any designated tailgate zones, but only on game days. Any other day and it would be illegal.

  6. Bathrooms
    You can always find long bathroom lines at tailgates. Always have a backup plan. Know where the convenience stores are on each block near tailgating zones and make a “7/11 run” for sodas when you just can’t wait.

  7. The Eyes of Texas
    At tailgating events, everyone knows the words to the song The Eyes of Texas. Make sure you’re not the only one mumbling the tune. Click here to find the lyrics to The Eyes of Texas.

  8. Cowboy Boots
    Even in this heat, UT students and Longhorns fans will be wearing this staple of Texas. Find some classic boots at local stores like Allen Boots on SOCO.

If you have any other Texas tailgating traditions that you’d like to share, please add them to the comment section below. Go Longhorns! Hook ’em!

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