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10 Ways To Step Up Your Tailgate Game

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Everyone loves a good tailgate, but are you making the most of your tailgate? When done right, it can make your sports-watching experience even more enjoyable. Whether you tailgate and go to the game, or tailgate and watch the game in the parking lot, these are 10 things that will help you step up your tailgate game.

10. Be Decked Out In Team Colors

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10. Be Decked Out In Team Colors

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The first rule of tailgating is that you have to be a super fan. That means being decked out in your team's gear. After all, nobody is going to take somebody's tailgate seriously if they're not even wearing gear from the team they're supporting.

9. Get Team-Themed Decorations

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9. Get Team-Themed Decorations

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Just like wearing team-themed gear will make your tailgate better, decorating your tailgate after your team will make it better as well. It just adds to the overall atmosphere of the tailgate and will make passersby want to stop.

8. Get A Truck With A Tailgate

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8. Get A Truck With A Tailgate

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For the most devoted tailgaters, getting a car that will help them make their tailgate better is a possibility. It's all in the name; having a tailgate on your truck is a great way to fit more into your car that you can bring to the tailgate. People can also chill in the back of your car if you have a tailgate.

7. Bring A Football

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7. Bring A Football

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No matter what sport you're tailgating at, everyone loves to throw around the old pigskin. It's just part of tailgating, so if you're not throwing around the football at your tailgate, you're doing something wrong.

6. Bring A Huge Tent

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6. Bring A Huge Tent

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If you're a great tailgater, you're not going to let some bad weather rain on your parade. You need a tent to prevent everyone from getting wet during a rainstorm. If it's really hot out, it can provide you with shade. In general, a tent just makes everyone at the tailgate so much more comfortable.

5. Bring Bags

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5. Bring Bags

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Just like football, everyone needs to bring bags to their tailgate. Unlike football, these games of bags can get really competitive at tailgates. Add some libations to the equation and bags can get pretty dramatic in a tailgate environment.

4. Bring More Drinks Than You Think You'll Need

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4. Bring More Alcohol Than You Think You'll Need

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However much you think you'll need for your tailgate, plan for more being needed. You never know who is going to pop by your tailgate and you can't be underprepared. Having enough drinks to get people through the tailgate might be the most important part of your tailgate.

3. Upgrade Your Grill

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3. Upgrade Your Grill

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Even if you have a nice grill now, there is always a better grill out there. Having the best grill at the tailgate could help you have the best food at the tailgate. However, you also have to have some major grilling skills in order for the grill to matter and for people to love your food.

2. Get Nice Car Speakers

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2. Get Nice Car Speakers

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Having great music at a tailgate is pretty important. Getting a great speaker system in the car you drive to your tailgate can help make sure the music is that much better. These might not help out with your music choice, but the sound quality is sure to be much better.

1. Bring A Big-Screen TV

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1. Bring A Big-Screen TV

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For those tailgaters that just watch the game in the parking lot, this is a must. After all, who's going to watch the game with you at your tailgate if you don't have the best TV in the whole place?