1) Select a Category of tailgate you want to request. If you do not see the “Wanted Tailgates”, click on the selection as per below. This will allow you to ultimately pull up the list of Wanted Tailgates.
Wanted – Pleasant Pre-Game: Smaller tailgates that are low key affairs that at minimum provide some chairs, a place to charge a phone, sunscreen, and one bottle of water per guest. Usually, 2 -10 people.
Wanted – Traditional Tailgate: Tent, chairs, table, power charger, coolers, utensils. Tent expected but may not be provided. May include games like cornhole, music and/or TV. May offer to supply food and beverage or accept potluck donations. Usually, 5 -15 people.
Wanted – Party Time: Everything in a traditional tailgate with more people, TV, and potentially a custom rig. May run across multiple parking spots. Usually, 10 or more people.
2) Images (optional), but you could put a picture or logo of the home team of the tailgate you are wanting to attend.
3) Title: Recommend this format: Away team versus Home team, Date, Location
4) Price: Whatever you think is appropriate for the tailgate you are providing. Price is per guest.
5) Locale: Choose option that best describes your desired location.
- Stadium Lot – Tailgate lot typically surrounding the stadium, may also be slightly further afield parking lot, but those officially provided by the university.
- Campus Spot – A campus spot, may allow parking but will likely be grass and, if you are lucky, surrounded by trees. See IU’s Grass Lot as example.
- RV Lot – The RV Lot. Typically, best for Pleasant Pregame Tailgating.
- Private – A private parking / tailgating spot which could have any number of features from the backyards of Iowa or the great golf course tailgating at Michigan.
Note: If your locale is either very sparse or very crowded, you should note that in your description.
6) Game Date: Make sure you get this date right. Do not set up multiple tailgates under one listing. Set up a listing for each specific game.
7) Size: – Rough estimate of tailgate size, excluding guests, that you’d like to attend. This is to give your hosts a feel for the level of intimacy you are looking for. Some folks are comfortable just hanging out with a few folks with pleasant conversations. Others are looking for a crowd to blend in with.
- 5 or less
- 15 or less
- 15 or more
8) Rations: The food and refreshment you may or may not be providing
- No Preference (Guest Response): This option is only for folks creating Wanted Tailgates. It reflects if you have no preference for food and drink in a potential tailgate.
- BYO (Bring Your Own): The Host won’t be providing food or drink (other than the required one bottle of water per guest), but as a guest you would like to have a spot when you bring your own rations.
- Potluck: A communal style tailgate where everyone is expected to contribute. You should coordinate with your Host prior to game day.
- Food: You want some level of food. Details may be provided post booking or in the description – example “BBQ”, etc. Also, note any potential food allergies.
- Drink (non-alcoholic): Any beverages you want. Details to be provided post booking or in the description. Under no circumstances should you request alcohol be provided by the Host due to personal liability issues.
- Food and Drink (non-alcoholic): Any food and drink you may want. Details to be provided post booking or in the description. Under no circumstances should you request alcohol be provided by the Host due to personal liability issues.
9) Guests: Estimated number of guests looking to attend the tailgate.
10) Pop Up / Tent: A yes or no response to whether you want some sort of shade.
- No Preference (Guest Response): This option is only for folks creating Wanted Tailgates. It reflects whether a Host will provide shade / weather protection in a potential tailgate.
- Yes: Indicates you want a tent or other form of shade.
- No: You do expect to have shade. Note the expectation is that “Traditional” and “Party Time” tailgates will have some shade device.
10) Utensils (optional): Requesting that Host provide utensil for your use, particularly for eating. You should clarify if you need prep utensils – grill spatula, tongs, serving spoons, etc. It should not be assumed those are provided.
12) Cooler Space: Letting the host know that you need cooler space for your beverages. Coordinate with host prior to game to see how much space they may have. Also make sure you set an expectation if you want to pick up leftovers after the game.
13) TV: A check indicates you want a TV to show pregame or other games. If you want a specific show or game on, you should let your host know in advance. Do not assume they will be showing what you want.
14) Music: – A check indicates you want a music source. You should ask hosts if they will allow you to participate in music selection or not.
15) Games: List any games you may prefer to have at the tailgate: Cornhole, Ladder Toss, Washers, and God forbid KanJam.
16) Heater: A check indicates you want a heat source for cold weather games.
17) Grill: A check indicates you want to have a grill for your use. Again, coordinate with host prior to game to insure adequate cook space coverage. May also want to distinguish if charcoal, gas, etc.
18) No kids: A check indicates you do not want kids at the tailgate.
19) BYOB Alcohol (optional): This lets the host know that you are planning to bring your own (BYOB) alcohol. You should not be providing any alcohol to other guests or host.
20) Home Team: The home team for the game – university and mascot. Example VT Hokies. This aids in search capabilities and clarifies the game opponents.
21) Visiting Team: The visiting team for the game – university and mascot. This aids in search capabilities and clarifies the game opponents.
22) Max / Person: The max price per guest your are willing to pay the host
23) State: The two-letter abbreviation of the state where the stadium resides. Improves searchability of the site. Example: PA
24) Tags (optional): Tags are text fields that will help people find your tailgate in search engines. Example: LSU
25) Description: Any additional detail you would like to provide about your tailgate request. Your traditions, history, etc. Also, any other details that may be useful for potential hosts. You will likely want to leave an alternative contact point like an email.
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