Tips for Tailgating Safety

To some, Labor Day weekend signals the end of summer and the last hurrah. To others, it’s the beginning of the best time of the year. The temperature starts to drop, the leaves slowly change colors, and the aroma of burgers and beer fills the air. It’s football season!

With football season comes tailgating. We don our team’s colors and join a few thousand of our closest friends outside the stadium for hours of food, drinks, and fun.

For some, tailgating is nearly as important as the game itself. It has become an integral part of the game day ritual. But don’t get so caught up in the festivities that you forget about safety. Consider these tips to keep your tailgating safe so you can enjoy the game:

Don’t put your guests at risk – be sure to follow safe food handling practices on game day. The U.S. Department of Agriculture offers the following recommendations:

Tailgating season can be a lot of fun. Don’t spoil your game day with dehydration, food poisoning, stolen valuables, grill mishaps, or other incidents. Be aware of the risks and plan ahead to keep you, your family, and your guests safe.

Speaking of tailgates, join the Kruggel Lawton team out at Notre Dame's Joyce Lot on Saturday, September 8 for a tailgate prior to the Notre Dame vs. Ball State football game! More info available at We'll be following all of the guidelines above for a fun, safe afternoon!


Thanks to our friends at Gibson for this blog post. Originally published August 27, 2018.

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