20 Sep 2013
Summer may be a great time to get away and explore in an RV, but fall is the perfect time to find a parking lot and let the fan-tastic fun begin. With college and professional football coming back into full swing, fill the fridge and grab the grill, then take your tailgate party on wheels to these top football tailgates:
1. Ohio Stadium, Columbus, OH
Just seeing this massive stadium (lovingly known as the Horseshoe) is worth the trip. With some of the most passionate fans and students in the country, you have the recipe for a weekend of tailgating you won’t forget. So, park your RV and hoist a flag for the Buckeyes. (Must-visit weekend: Ohio State vs. Wisconsin, 9/28.)
2. Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, MO
Loyal Chiefs fans take their tailgating seriously, so you’ll want to get there before the gates even open. This also allows for time to get to know other RV tailgaters as you stake out your party zone. Of all the tailgates for NFL games, perhaps none take tailgate food as seriously as those at Arrowhead Stadium. Remember to load that RV full of bacon, the “official” currency of Kansas City Chiefs tailgaters.
3. Lambeau Field, Green Bay, WI
Tailgating here means one thing: cheeseheads. The sleepy little town of Green Bay comes alive when the Packers (of which many fans are shareholders) play at home. Green Bay tailgaters also have a reputation for being hospitable and friendly, so you can be sure your RV caravan will be welcomed with open arms.
4. O.co Coliseum, Oakland, CA
Bring your pig! RV tailgaters begin as early as Friday night, and the food of choice is whole pig. Raiders fans have a reputation for being passionate, rowdy, and barrels of fun. With so many other great sights and sounds in the Bay Area, you’ll have plenty to do before and after the big game.
5. Notre Dame Stadium, South Bend, IN
Few college football teams have storied histories like Notre Dame. Here, you can tailgate with Touchdown Jesus in sight and be part of one of the oldest powerhouse college football programs in America. RV tailgating here means participating in pregame traditions such as Trumpets Under the Dome and a walk to the stadium. These traditions, matched with Midwest hospitality, make this a must-visit. After all the activities, you’ll be glad you have a comfortable RV to relax in. (Must-visit weekend: Notre Dame vs. USC, 10/19.)
6. Cotton Bowl, Dallas, TX
The phrase “everything is bigger in Texas” may be overused, but it is also true. This year, the University of Texas Longhorns square off against the Oklahoma Sooners in the Red River Rivalry on October 12. These teams, who are known for throwing amazing tailgates, may just produce 2013’s best tailgate environment in all of football when they combine at the historic Cotton Bowl. Whether your tailgate party is Texas-size or a few close friends, you won’t want to miss this chance to tailgate along with thousands of other RVers at this showdown.