A fan of the San Francisco 49ers cheers against the Baltimore Ravens during Super Bowl XLVII at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on February 3, 2013 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Photo Credit: Timothy A. Clary/AFP/Getty Images
The NFL season is here. And with that bit of fantastic news, we can start tailgating in earnest. These last few weeks, indeed every non-NASCAR tailgate since the Super Bowl, has just been a warmup to the main event. So let’s get on with it.
You can’t show up to the first tailgate of the season in last year’s gear, or (gasp!) regular everyday street clothes. What kind of tailgater are you? And while you don’t need to go full-on super fan, complete with wig, face paint and official, team-sanctioned full-body onesie, you do need to show some spirit.
The opening day tailgate sets the tone for the rest of the season. Tailgate Fan has got you (and will get you) covered. Find all your team gear, including…
Official NFL Team Jerseys
For the tailgater, the parking lot is your field. And you can’t step out on the field without a jersey. Show your fandom with an official team jersey, similar to what RG3, Colin Kaepernick or JJ Watt might wear, if a little smaller. Choose from all your favorite players, past and present, in current and vintage styles. And then show up on game day ready to tailgate.
The t-shirt might be the most versatile of your team apparel. Wear it in the late-summer heat of opening day or over something warmer later in the season. And unlike with the jersey, there’s much more room to express your fandom. Ravens fans can gloat over their recent Super Bowl victory. Saints fans can show their pride in the black and gold. So many teams, so many styles, so many options.
The weather is going to get colder as the season progresses. Heck, it’s already snowing in Green Bay. There’s no need to hide your team colors under layers and layers of clothing. Stay warm (and fashionable at the same time) in a team hoodie or pullover. With so many options, even the most discerning fan has no reason not to show his colors.
Team headgear has moved far beyond the requisite baseball hat. Visors, beanies, bucket hats… so many options. Whichever way you go, you’ll need something to protect from the sun in the summer and the cold in the winter. The tailgating football fan has options.