Published: Wednesday, October 9, 2013
Updated: Wednesday, October 9, 2013 16:10
If there’s one thing I know about BisoNation, it’s that we love to tailgate.
Between the smattering of green and gold in and around the FargoDome, to the aroma of lip-smackin’ BBQ coming from grills stationed by custom-painted Bison big-rigs to the taste of a nice cold (or, dependent on weather, hot) beverage, tailgating is by far one of the biggest weekend staples in Fargo and a long-standing tradition at NDSU.
Hosting your own tailgating party is a blast, but can end up being very costly.
However, if you follow a few guidelines, your tailgating festivities don’t have to break the bank.
Look for dollar-deals. Fargo-Moorhead has several dollar stores in town. These budget friendly shops are a great place to pick up tailgating essentials like plastic utensils, paper plates, cups, napkins and plastic table clothes. Heck, you might even find some other cool décor to add to your Bison theme. In the end, the dollar store is a great money-saving stop.
Team up. Trying to host a tailgating party on your own can be stressful and expensive. Team up with a group of friends to host the party and split the costs equally between each of you. Make sure to delegate who will bring what items, and who is responsible for making each recipe you will be serving.
Forget the grill. Grills can be expensive and are not a necessity for tailgating. Instead of having burgers or hot dogs, try serving other foods. Bring pre-made mini-subs or break out your crockpot and make your best homemade soup. Have fun with what you decide to serve at your tailgate, because that’s what tailgating is all about…having fun!
Start the festivities from your home. The NDSU tailgating lots have a tendency to fill-up quickly. Avoid waiting in line for a spot, and having to pay for a space. Have a pre-game party at your house. Invite friends over for appetizers and jam out to ACDC’s thunderstruck from your living room, before heading to the game. Plus, this way you will stay much warmer than your fellow Bison fans, who are tailgating outside.