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Football season might look a little different this year, but that doesn’t mean you have to give up on your tailgating traditions and spirited team support. With the effects of COVID-19 limiting or cautioning against large gatherings of people, you might be spending your weekends at home this year instead of buying tickets and tailgating. When the Weston Dean family isn’t building the best custom homes in San Antonio, we’re cheering on our favorite teams. As a company full of football fanatics, we’ve gathered a few ideas to inspire you to make the most of gameday traditions at home.
Make sure everyone knows who you’re rooting for by investing in some spirited decor for your house. You can shop online, at party suppliers or big-box stores for branded tablecloths, napkins, plates and more. If you’re a true superfan, embrace your team’s colors and consider adding a few throw pillows or blankets to the couch you’ll be watching the games from.
It won’t feel like game day if you’re not sporting the right clothing: break out the lucky jerseys, sweatshirts (once the Texas heat lets up), face paint and foam fingers to get your head in the game.
If you’re really ready to get in the gameday spirit, make it feel like you’re steps away from the stadium. Set your tailgating tent up in the driveway or backyard to gather with fellow fans. Include your favorite tailgating games, a few folding chairs and a TV to watch the game from outside.
Arguably one of the best parts of tailgating is the food, and now you get the ease of preparing and enjoying it in the comfort of your own home. Fire up the grill for hot dogs or burgers to get your stadium-food fill—or go a little fancier with steak, grilled corn and kebabs. If you’re lucky enough to own (and know how to safely use) a smoker, everyone loves a fresh rack of ribs or a batch of wings during the big game. Another benefit to tailgating from home is keeping cold items fresh in your refrigerator instead of the old cooler. Make layered dips, fresh salsa and pasta salads the night before to free up your mornings. An added bonus: your beer and batch cocktails will stay extra cold.
Need some recipe inspiration? HEB rounded up a great list of tailgating treats that are sure to satisfy every football fan.
The hardest part of being away from the stadium for games is being away from the traditions that make your team so special—so be sure to include them in any way you can. Play their fight song over your speakers before kickoff, participate in whatever chants you have memorized and maybe even pull up halftime performances (marching bands, dance teams, etc.) on YouTube.
This football season may be different for a lot of teams and fans, but it doesn’t have to be any less fun—we hope these tips inspire you to show team spirit in a new way. Considering adding a new home to your roster? Weston Dean has the perfect gameplan. Reach out today for more information.