The Ultimate A.K. Statesman Tailgate

On Saturday it will have been 28 days since K-State last took the field in Bill Snyder Family Stadium. That means it’s been 28 days since the last tailgating opportunity. 28 days is a long time, and I’m ready to get back out there! This is a big week for the Wildcats, starting off 0-2 in conference play and set to face the high octane offense of Baylor. Our team is going to need a loud environment to shake up the Bears!

Saturday’s high is currently predicted to be 69 degrees, which is beautiful tailgating weather. With K-State’s football season in a rut, I’m pulling out all the stops to throw The Ultimate tailgate and get my family and friends fired up! Here’s my tips on how you can do the same:

  • Get organized. True K-State fans don’t throw a sloppy, half put together tailgates. You need to commit and make sure all of your guests are aware of what’s happening. Email invites work best, with date, time and location spelled out clearly. Also, make sure you let your guests know what they need to bring to the tailgate.
  • Be on time. Gates open at 9:30 a.m. for the 2:30 p.m. game time. Even if your spot is reserved, you don’t want to miss any of the action!
  • Supplies. Part of being organized is making sure you don’t forget to bring anything with you. Make a checklist of all the supplies you’ll need to cook and serve food. Forgetting something like charcoal can really ruin the fun.
  • Tent. Even though it’s not blazing hot out anymore, it’s still a great idea to have a popup tent to shade yourself and the food. Purple popup tents with Powercats work best.
  • Flags. Although not necessary, it’s nice to show your pride for your school, as well as patriotism for your country. Consider flying K-State and American flags at your tailgate.
  • Food and beverages. Food and beverages are the most essential part of a tailgate. Kansas raised beef makes a great option for cooking. If you tend to have the same meals at each tailgate, change it up a little. Have a chili cook-off one week or try something new. For your beverages, be sure to have both adult beverages and something to drink for the kids. Don’t forget the ice!
  • Pre-game activities. Bring a radio along to listen to the K-State pre-game show to get pumped up. If you have kids at your tailgate, make sure to have an activity for them, such as throwing a football or playing ladder golf. Another tradition I like to do at tailgates is to ‘predict the score’ before the game. The loser has to clean up the tailgate after the game’s over!
  • Friendly atmosphere. It’s inevitable that opposing fans will be wandering around near your tailgate. Do your best to make K-State and Manhattan a friendly environment for those wearing the wrong colors. That doesn’t mean you can’t give them a little ‘friendly’ advice once in a while!

Most importantly, don’t be late getting into the stadium as you won’t want to miss seeing Harley Day! It’s also a good idea to listen to the K-State fight song or Alma Mater right before going into the game, to get pumped up.

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