Are You Ready for Some Football?
Tailgating is an art. It seems like it could be more of a sport than football. The level of sophistication that goes into it is mind-blowing, as tailgate aficionados turn a simple parking lot into a makeshift playground with all sorts of great smelling concessions.
I would argue that no other place does tailgating better than Ohio. It really doesn’t even matter what Ohio team you root for, the real winners are all the people who get to enjoy the pre-game food and fun.
Last weekend I headed to the Cleveland Browns’ parking lot and saw thousands fans in brown and orange representing the Dawgs. The kids were tossing the football around while their parents grilled bratwursts, burgers and a even brisket! Others were listening to music and getting themselves psyched up for the game, like they were expected to walk out on the field.
It was an exciting precursor to the game watching everything from a life-size Jenga game to a new competitor to Cornhole called Ladder Golf.
And this weekend, people flocked to the Cleveland Browns’ Stadium this time to watch Morehouse College battle Winston-Salem State University at the 2nd Annual Cleveland Classic HBCU football game. There were events for the whole family including a great Marching Band Halftime Show where the college bands had a chance to battle it out and even East Cleveland’s Shaw High School did a great job holding their own against the southern bands.
The weekend was filled with some other great activities including a Greek Step Show and of course a Tailgate Party. However, this tailgate party was a little different. This time, the crowd gathered behind the stadium, next to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum and the Great Lakes Science Center to participate in a college readiness fair, a children’s safety fair and Cleveland’s radio station, 93.1 WZAK was there to broadcast from the event.
We are dedicated to our teams in Ohio, but even more to having a great time with friends and family. And tailgating is a great tradition that everyone can enjoy. How do you prepare for football in Ohio?