It’s no surprise that every game day in Tuscaloosa is basically a holiday for Alabama football fans. Families and friends of the Crimson Tide set up tents and tailgates on the University of Alabama’s tailgate hot spot, the Quad, and in surrounding areas throughout campus, the night before the game. But, if you’re one who would rather tailgate in the A/C of your home, there are some essentials your fellow Crimson Tide lovers suggest.
Memphis native Bob Mundy's twin daughters attend UA. He flies in to Tuscaloosa for as many home games as possible to watch one of his favorite teams, and to spend quality time with his family.
“There are some must haves when I am planning what to bring for my tailgate. A Ford F150 Truck/tailgate, Nerf football, Bluetooth speaker with a radio, cold beer, and parking close to the porta potty,” said Mundy.
When walking in and around campus on game day weekend, there is a sea of red and white apparel, and dropped sorority pins and shakers are scattered along the streets. It can get pretty crowded around Bryant-Denny Stadium. Alabama alumni Sam Boatman prefers to tailgate at his house before the game, and then walk to Bryant Denny.
“It is extremely hot in Alabama, especially at the beginning of football season. The things I must have at my game day tailgates are beer, finger foods, BBQ, friends and a bunch of Alabama gear and shakers,” Boatman said. “We love tailgating in our house where it’s cool and comfortable, and that way, we don’t have to try to spend hours finding any parking spots.”
Since BBQ is a southern staple, you will probably see many tailgates (on and off campus) with pans of foil-wrapped barbecue. A town favorite is Dreamland, where manager Ebonaa Bronton says ribs are a must-have item for any true Tuscaloosa tailgating experience.
“The best thing to bring to a tailgate is ribs. You can get ribs, baked beans, potatoes and a loaf of bread combined and wrapped, and ready to be served,” Bronton said.
Regardless of where you plan to tailgate this season, be sure to get back to Bryant-Denny Stadium for the game, and cheer on the Alabama Crimson Tide on the road to 17!