Whether it’s your first time to host a pre-game party in Arlington or you’re ready to take your tailgating game to the next level, here’s a list of tailgating tips for AT&T Stadium that will help you party like a pro.

One: Arrive early.

Setting up, cleaning up, and making your way to your seats when the game begins can eat into your tailgating time if you don’t plan ahead. Early arrival ensures that you’ll have plenty of time to enjoy your party without having to stress out or rush.

Two: Knock out as much food and beverage prep as possible before you arrive.

Tailgating champs know that it makes your life much easier if you plan and shop for your menu and decorations a week or two before the big game. Also, don’t forget that activities like hamburger patty prep, baking, and vegetable slicing can be done the morning  of (or even better, the day before), as well as packaging of some of your non-food materials.   Not only will this advance work make your party less stressful and more enjoyable for you,  it will also give you time to come up with a Plan B if something doesn’t turn out the way it was supposed to.

Three: Trick out a tailgating toolbox.

If you tailgate frequently, a permanently packed tailgate toolkit will save you tons of time when you’re getting ready for the next outing. Items you might include in your tailgate kit include:

  • Spatulas/Tongs/Basters
  • Skewers/Toothpicks
  • Bottle Openers/Can Openers
  • Trash Bags/Plastic Zip Bags
  • Flashlight/Batteries
  • Masking Tape/Duct Tape/Markers
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Sunscreen/Bug Spray
  • Ponchos/Umbrellas
  • Thermoses (They’re great for transporting soups and hot bevvies. )

Here are a few more items you’ll want to have handy:  Fire extinguisher and extra fuel or charcoal, blankets, folding chairs, and plastic zip bags stuffed with slightly wet paper towels (for cleaning). You might also pack some frozen water bottles—besides serving as coolants for food or people, they’ll provide chilled drinking water after they melt. 

Four: Use a six-pack holder for condiments.

Re-purpose a six-pack container as a storage area for Tabasco, salt, pepper, and marinade that’s ready for action at a moment’s notice. 

Five: Bring along a small set of shelves.

You can turn the back of your truck or SUV into a hot dog/hamburger/baked potato condiment station or a Bloody Mary bar that makes it easy for guests to serve themselves.

Six: Be a good neighbor.

Excessive rowdiness, too-loud music, and irresponsible drinking are not only the behaviors of unpopular tailgaters, they can also get you booted off the property and permanently banned from future tailgate fun. Have a good time, but keep it under control— and remember to share your extra mustard when the party next to you runs out.

Seven: Get creative.  

A tailgate party is the perfect opportunity to unleash your inner creative super star with over-the-top decorations and team-branded food and drink items. Need a few good ideas to get you started? Check out these Dallas Cowboy cupcake and cookie ideas on Pinterest, or these ideas for awesome tailgating setups, snacks, and drinks.

Let’s a look at some of AT&T Stadium’s most important tailgating policies:

Tailgating Regulations For AT&T Stadium:

Tailgating is permitted at AT&T Stadium by anyone in a vehicle with a valid parking permit, on a first-come basis, in the designated grassy areas on the perimeter of all parking lots EXCEPT for Lot 3 and portions of Lot 5, Lot 8, and Lot 9. The maximum space that any tailgate party can occupy is 9 feet wide and 12 feet deep. You can kick off your party soon as the lot opens up and keep it going for two hours after the game ends.

Other grassy areas beyond the designated tailgating spaces are considered common areas where you can picnic, tailgate, or do whatever you like (providing what you like isn’t in violation of AT&T Stadium policies). Parking spaces can’t be used for grills or tents, just vehicles. Items on the tailgating no-no list include deep fryers, open flames, picketing, food sales, or amplified sound systems.

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