After years of practice, our little crowd has certain traditions that have developed. Being creatures of habit it's hard to change things that become "the right thing to do".
Here are some of my/our ways of doing it "the right way".
When the tickets finally arive, I develop a "list" of games, dates, confirmed visitors and tailgate themes ( we started the theme thing WAY before the Broncos)
Then it's time to schedule "days off" after sunday and monday nighters. I used to go to work after late games, but as I get older I prefer to just stay at home after a long day at Mile High.
Then it's time to make the the "main menu list" which is based on the visiting team. The Grub is based either on the Team name, or the home city.
Here are some examples:
Atlanta Falcons, (Bird team)= Bird on the menu
Kansas City, (well known for BBQ)= Anything BBQ
Miami, (Fish team)= Dolphin on the grill
Oakland (low-life, jail dwellers) = "bread and water" for our raider fan visitors
New Orleans, (Creole cooking)= nothing like Jambalaya and BBQ Shrimp
San Diego, (Mexico's neighbor)= Love that mexican food.
New England (eastern coastal team)= Chowda, clams and oyster
Well, i assume the jest of the theme menus are clear, please respond with any suggestions for this years games.
The week before the game, contact "the rest of the gang" and make a list of who's doin' what.
The day before the game is prep time (fill the coolers, drag the chairs, canopies and tables out of the shed, inventory the "consumble supplies", fill the propane bottles and set the meet times.
The morning of the game load up and head out (usually 7-8AM for afternoon games and 10-11AM for night games).
Some folks think I'm nuts, some folks know I'm nuts!
What's cookin' at your tailgate?
What I've discovered since the 4 years of tailgating since I have moved back to Colorado is that a tailgate is always evolving. It definetly sounds like you've been at this for many years from what I've gathered and hence have your routine down. We seemed to be in a constant state of flux from game to game on what to bring etc. I think this year we finally will be able to get a routine going and simply alot of stuff.
This is my first year down in Lot c. You say the gates should be open around 10:00am?
We have some 30 hours yet to go before we pull OF1 out of her spot. She has been sitting in the same place since about July 8th I think it was. Inside her party of her belly will be home grown Arizona Mesquite that will be filling the south lot with a sweet aroma this season. We should have plenty of it Nut if you want to burn some. It drives me nuts when I buy little backs of the stuff in Denver for 8 bucks.
Anyway I agree. BBQ is on the menu for KC.
I can't tell you how excited I am for this season. Look forward to seeing you again sunday morning.
I'm not sure that the gates will open at 10, I believe they will open at noon, but guaging the "attack" of KC fans I will be in line about 11, I'm sure the rest of my gang will be there prior to noon. CBF and his better half generally beat me to the stadium. I have a call in to John Applegate at Stadium mgt. to find out what their plan is for sunday. I HATE SURPRISES, and I like my regular spot. We had some misunderstandings at the last game, which I have dealt with. The Staff at the lot isn't the "smartest bunch", and they "pissed me off last week. So I made a few calls :bash: and was assured things would be in order this week. It would e great if they would open the gates at eleven so I could have the TV set up in time for the early games, and have some lunch cooking. I'm usually too busy in the morning to have breakfast, and it's a good idea to have some grub before Jester starts bringing Jello shots over to our gang.
See ya sunday, gotta check out the BUS!
The gates for this Sunday are *supposed* to open at noon...
However, with talking to the event staff in charge of our parking lot area the other night, it sounds like they would be willing to open up a bit early. I complained that it didn't seem right that the first games start at 11 am, but we have to wait until 12 to go in...so we have to park somewhere, put the sattelite up, watch the first part of the game, take the sattelite down, move into the parking lot, put it back up again & finish watching the games? He said generally the best thing to do is to pull up to the gates as early as we want, or park under Colfax with the blinker/emergency signals on, until they open the gates. Talking to others in the lot -- they all plan on doing the same -- one guy is also roasting a pig, so he will be there at 9am...We figure if we are all parked en masse about the gates by the time the event staff gets there they'll let us all in early...
Use the dish argument...and the pig roasting argument -- I know that this one guy is supposed to get there at 9 because he has to get the pig cooking...
You know, one of the big arguments that we have with the "big wigs" about tailgating is that they don't allow it...Sure, they don't want people living in an RV in the lot for a week, I can understand that...they probably don't want people to be getting super drunk at the stadium (see the lawsuit against the nfl for the guy who drank too much at a game & then killed some little girl...they blamed it on the team for serving too much beer & promoting a "party atmosphere") BUT they *DO* want to bring the fans back to the game - they want a "loud crowd" and that starts in the lots...Saying that you can ONLY arrive 4 hours before a game is *ridiculous* -- Why can't someone set up the night before & tailgate till the game starts? Why, on the rules, do they say that the tailgate has to end 30 minutes before game time? That's just went the party should be peaking -- you don't want fans going into the stadium in a dull state of mind -- You want them excited, sparking, etc...
Okay sorry, I'm venting now...
Give them heck BlueDamsel :redpunch:
After talking to TGN this afternoon and now reading this thread, I am SO READY TO LEAVE for Denver. I am loading up CaliforniaBroncoChicks SUV tomorrow and we leave when she gets off work. After spending the night in either Vegas or Mesquite it is straight thru to Denver for a Friday afternoon arrival. Dinner at Caladonia's in Aurora. Air Force football Saturday and an EARLY arrival at Mile High Sunday.... We will most likely be the first ones there as always.
Looking forward to seeing everyone Sunday and go BRONCOS!
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