Tailgating at football games has always been a fun family activity for us.
For nearly twenty years, we’ve enjoyed the festivities at my alma mater, the University of Idaho, on sunny fall weekends in the perfect little college town of Moscow, Idaho. I’ve heard that the NFL version of tailgating is a tad more serious and mature, but I’m content hanging out with my fellow family-friendly alumni in the parking lot outside the Kibbie Dome.
Most of America agrees with me, according to a new tailgate survey commissioned by Lee Jeans. Their poll found that almost 60% of Americans say the college atmosphere just can’t be beat. Hanging out on a tradition-rich college campus sure beats some stale NFL eyesore stadium. And there’s something cool about seeing all the alumni returning to school, happy to relive a part of their youth at a place that helped them transition to adulthood.
So, yeah, college tailgating wins, hands down. We all know that.
Looking through the Lee Jeans survey, I was struck by the question of how fans dress for a day of tailgating. Americans seem to want to look good, while at the same time dressing for comfort. The people surveyed were obviously confused by this question. There is no “looking good” for a tailgating football fan. You simply wear the colors of your team. End of story. Everyone looks good when they’re on the same side. It’s the fans of the other team who need to worry how they look.
College fans are usually a forgiving bunch. We good-naturedly chide and tease the opposing fans as they wander through the tailgate area decked out in the colors of their team. It’s all good.
But in the NFL? I’m not sure I’d feel entirely comfortable wandering among tailgating Jets fans while wearing a Patriots jersey.
One thing I do know about comfort, however, is I’m going to be wearing a pair of jeans with my team gear. The Lee Jeans survey revealed that jeans are the uniform of choice for 72% of tailgaters. Of course, during the course of a football game you’re going to be jumping to high-five each other, sitting and standing with each big play, and even getting down on your knees to pray for victory. No wonder that a pair of jeans beats most everything else for tailgating comfort.
It’s a good thing Lee Jeans has been keeping people comfortable since 1889, and their Modern Series and Premium Select jeans feature an innovative fabric called Active Comfort Denim that moves with you in a full range of motion. It’s a better fit, with more comfort, and that’s just what you want when you’re tailgating.
Mike Golic and Mike Greenberg, from ESPN’s Mike and Mike Show, have even gone so far as to declare Lee Jeans the official apparel of tailgating. As Golic said, “They make Greeny look good and make sure I’m comfortable. It’s the best of both worlds.”
One last word about tailgating comfort. You know there’s no getting out of the parking lot without sampling the traditional tailgate foods, like hot dogs, burgers, BBQ, and your beverage of choice. And you know there’s no getting out of the parking lot without a little of any or all of those foods ending up on your clothes. I mean, who eats wings or ribs without a little sauce smeared on a sleeve or pant leg? So, maybe it’s a waste of time to worry about how you look. Drip that sauce, splash that beer, fling that cheese dip. Be comfy in your jeans and jersey! You’re tailgating to have fun, not to model in a fashion show.
If you really want to impress your friends, wear a funny hat.
Like I said before, my family loves spending the Saturday afternoon before a big game hanging out with like-minded fans, soaking up the sun, playing games, and cooking up some BBQ. It’s almost become a bigger event than the game itself, sometimes starting the night before and lasting for hours after. It’s a great tradition, for college or pro games, and Americans are increasingly participating in it. Don’t hesitate to include the whole family.
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