2015 Tailgate Must-haves

Join us for snacks, activities, games and prizes at our 3rd Annual Tailgate Expo, next Saturday, October 3rd from 11am to 3pm, before the Buffs take on Oregon at home! 

Tailgating season is here, and that means it’s time to break out the grills, the games and the gadgets to maximize comfort and fun before watching your favorite team grind it out on the field.

The goal, pun intended, is to throw the best tailgate bash possible so that even if your team comes up short, you’ll be consoled by some great parking lot memories with family and friends.

When it comes to throwing the perfect tailgate event, sports fans know what’s best. We asked some of our sports-inclined Green Vests for their recommendations on the hottest tailgate effects to hit the 2015 season.

2015 Tailgate Must-haves

A party’s gotta eat, right? We’ve got a collection of portable cookers for the grill enthusiast, including Weber’s colorful Q1200 series, the mini max Big Green Egg, and our favorite, Blackstone’s DASH— a propane-powered “stow-and-go” solution that folds up nicely into the size of of suitcase!

Part of the fun of tailgating is that you can actually have a conversation sans crowd noise, so why should you have to compete with a loud, rumbling generator. When you need offsite power, look no further than Honda. Honda EU Generators are not like other generators; they operate between 53 and 59 decibels (the average volume of a conversation) and provide clean, surge-free energy that wont harm laptops and other electronics.

Do yourself and your back a favor: don’t forget to bring good chairs! Our Green Vests recommend folding chairs that are not only lightweight and portable, but ones that offer the correct support for all-day use as well. With the motto “sitting is believing,” Strongback’s Zen series focuses on just that. Not only does this style focus on lumbar support and posture correction, it also folds down into a convenient travel size bag with straps for hands-free carrying!

One of the tailgate commandments surely reads: A great party must have great tunes. And given the growing trend of penalizing corded electronics, our gurus advocate for Bluetooth speakers, so you can bump your favorite playlist of party songs (and switch over to the broadcast at the first whistle) from any smart device. Our favorite? The Rock Out 2 Solar Rechargeable Speaker. Not only is this speaker rugged and waterproof, it saves your battery and keeps the tunes alive by harvesting power off the sun!

Living in Colorado, you never know when you’ll have to call an audible to bring an extra layer into play. With the push of a button, My Core Control Jackets incorporate thermal electronic devices to radiate heat to strategic areas in your body, keeping your core toasty warm.

Smells Like Team Spirit

A good tailgater pledges allegiance to their team.

So, get your head in the game with a University of Colorado hat!

Fly a CU Buffs flag, banner or windsock!

Deck out your car with Buffalo stickers, sunshades, headrest covers and chrome emblems!

And if you need any other tailgate accessories, make-your-own game ideas, or problem-solving tips, don’t hesitate to ask a Green Vest!