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How Much Does a Tailgate Party Cost?

 
 average costMedium: Supplies Typically Run $100-$300+ 

Tailgate parties take place around the open tailgate of a vehicle and are typically a celebration of fan enthusiasm. Often taking place before sporting events or concerts, the parties occur in large parking lots.,Food, alcohol and party games, as well as watching sporting events, are all typically included in tailgate parties.

Typical costs:

  • Tailgate parties take place around the open tailgate of a vehicle and are typically a celebration of fan enthusiasm. Often held before sporting events or concerts, the parties occur in large parking lots. Food, alcohol and party games, as well as watching sporting events, are all typically included in tailgate parties.
  • The first major expense to consider is parking. Parking for standard-size autos starts around $25-$50 for most stadiums. RVs can cost up to $75-$100 and some teams' parking lots provide additional space to set up the tailgate party. Tailgate Wiki[1] provides info about parking and getting to hundreds of venues.
  • Depending on the size of the gathering, be prepared to offer guests a full cooler of beer or a keg. Cases of beer (18-30 packs) generally cost about $15 -$25. Coolers to keep the brews chilled cost $25 -$45 and 3lb.-5lb. bags of ice cost $2 -$4. Kegs cost about $40 -$250 to rent. Don't forget the plastic cups, which cost $6 -$8 per bag of 50.
  • A portable gas or charcoal grill costs $10-$100. Burgers and hot dogs are common fare. A pack of 10 hot dogs costs $5-$7; hot dog and hamburger buns are typically about $2-$3 per bag; hamburger meat starts at $3-$5 per pound.
  • Tailgate parties often include viewing of big games or even pre-game shows on TVs powered through the vehicle or through portable generators. Large screen TVs start about $250 for a 32" model and $300 for a 40" model. Portable satellite TV costs $350-$500 for a portable receiver and antenna. Dish Network offers a Tailgater[2] antenna for $350 and the programming is pay-as-you-go.
  • Canopies are a necessity for tailgate parties -- providing shade in the sun and protection from the elements as winter nears. A 10' by 10' canopy runs $50-$300. Many people bring folding tables and chairs to tailgate parties. Folding chairs cost $5-$20 and many are available with embroidered team logos. Folding tables vary in size and shape, but many simple folding tables cost $60-$100.
What should be included:
  • A tailgate party can be as simple or extravagant as the host wants. Typically, food and beverages are provided as well as tables and chairs.
Additional costs:
  • Team merchandise such as decals to decorate the car start at $6-$10.
  • Jerseys of favorite players that can be worn on game day cost $30-$250. Authentic jerseys cost significantly more than replica jerseys.
  • Each team has various items with team logos mean for tailgating parties. For example, the NFL Pro Shop has a tailgating[3] section.
  • Beer pong is a popular pastime at parties with kegs. Beer pong tables cost about $100-$200. For example, BPONG sells beer pong tables[4] for $120-$140.
Discounts:
  • Carpooling to a tailgate party can cut down on parking costs.
  • Many hosts of tailgate parties "pass the hat" to collect contributions toward the cost of food and beverages.
Shopping for a tailgate party:
  • The Tailgate Wiki[5] is a comprehensive guide for tailgaters, providing information on hundreds of stadiums.
  • The American Tailgater Association[6] offers tips and tricks for those planning tailgate parties.
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External Resources:
  1.  www.tailgatewiki.com/index.cfm
  2.  www.dish.com/technology/tv-outdoors/
  3.  www.nflshop.com/Tailgating/
  4.  www.bpong.com/store/bpong-splatter-edition-beer-pong-table-8-ft-aluminum/
  5.  www.tailgatewiki.com/index.cfm
  6.  americantailgaterassociation.org/
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