GLENDALE, AZ - SEPTEMBER 09: Fans tailgate outside of the University of Phoenix Stadium before the season opener between the Arizona Cardinals and the Seattle Seahawks on September 9, 2012 in Glendale, Arizona.Photo Credit: Christian Petersen/Getty Images
Tailgates happen outside in a crowded parking lot full of other tailgaters. Your guests need help finding you amidst the sea of cars and team colors. And for that matter, where does your party end and someone else’s begin? That’s why you need a big canopy or tent.
Tents and canopies pull double duty at a tailgate, marking your area and protecting everyone from the hot sun. Party goers will know where you are and enjoy a little shade before enduring three hours exposed in stadium seating.
EZ Pop Up Blue Canopy ($300)
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Five minutes of setup, and this heavy-duty canopy becomes your tailgating home for the hours before the game. It measures 10 by 20 feet, giving you plenty of room for folks underneath. The sturdy steel frame will keep it upright when that drunk friend of a friend decides he needs someplace to lean. And it provides UV protection against the sun too. Let the tailgating begin.
So maybe you want a little more privacy at your tailgate. (Asocial tailgaters… it could happen.) Assemble this gazebo to not only get 10 by 20 feet of ultra violet-protected space, but walls and windows too. Lay down a foundation and you’ve got yourself a tailgating house. Use the white canvas to decorate in your team’s colors. And should things really get cranking, just remove the velcro-attached sidewalls and open things up to the world.
Set it up in about three minutes, and Let the rest of the world look on in envy as you sit inside this screened-in tailgating haven. You and your other guests get a little privacy and solace from the sun, but also protection against mosquitoes and all those pesky bugs trying to get at your food.