2016 Tailgating Tips


29 days to kickoff against the Maine Black Bears and here at IBWT want to make sure that every degenerate husky fan is ready to pack the rent for game one of a historic 15-0 season. We have prepared our top tailgating tips to get the season started.

Leave work early or skip class. 

It’s a weekday 7PM kickoff, if you leave your office at 5PM sure you’ll make it for kickoff but you’ll waste at least most of the precious tailgate time in traffic and jerking around at your desk. Your boss/prof will understand if you sneak out a little early. You’ve  got tickets to the hottest show on turf, how can you pass that up? Getting to the Rent early is crucial not only to unwind after a long day but to create the aura needed for a undefeated season. It’s no coincidence that all the top FBS contenders take tailgating very seriously, if the Huskies want to jockey for one of the 4 coveted playoff positions then as fans we have to match their intensity before and during the games. Or if you’re like me and only make tens of thousands dollars a year, slightly chilled parking lot beers taste way better then their cold, $7 cousins inside. Lots open around 3PM and arrive around 3 to 4 hours prior to kickoff to make sure you  have a sufficient amount of time to enjoy “free” beer and food.

Make a check list of EVERYTHING you need.

As odd as that sounds I couldn’t tell you how many times we forgot something small that had a large impact. When I was an undergrad we would pack our car with a generator, Dj speakers, a grill, a table, and almost anything else you can think of, but then we would look like idiots when we forgot a couple wires for the speakers or a spatula for the grill.

For something smaller and a little less ambitious I would recommend the list below. Bring enough for your group and then some, as more often then not there will be a few extra people joining your tailgate who might not be as prepared as you are.

  • Plenty of beer, liquor, wine, or whatever you are into
  • Game Tickets should be a given
  • Burgers 
  • Hot dogs
  • Cheese
  • Buns for both 
  • Condiments
  • Cooler
  • Ice
  • Chips
  • Foldable table 
  • Solo Cups
  • Portable grill
  • Propane for said grill (Charcoal is technically not allowed at the rent, but you may be able to get away with it if you’re lucky)
  • Spatula or something to turn and flip your burgers and dogs
  • Some type of lawn game
  • A bottle or wine opener (even if you don’t need one someone else always does)
  • A DD

Know the fight song.

Nothing says UConn football like our good ole fight song. It’s incredible to see how many Husky fans don’t know the words to this song. It’s the greatest way to get pumped up for the game and to celebrate a a hard fought win. 

If you don’t know lyrics are below:

U – Conn Husky, symbol of might to the foe. 

Fight, fight Connecticut, It’s vict’ry, Let’s go. 

Connecticut U – Conn Husky, 

vict’ry again for the White and Blue 

So go – go – go Connecticut, Connecticut U. 

C – O – N – N – E – C – T – I – C – U – T 

Connecticut, Connecticut Husky, Connecticut Husky 

Connecticut C – O – N – N – U! Fight! 

Make it inside the Stadium for kickoff.

More so then ever, this year it is so important to make it into the games on time. While it won’t be the only factor, you better believe the Big 12 expansion committee is going to want to see a packed house each and every home game. And with a decision coming as early as their October meetings we may only have a few chances to show what our fan base and program has to offer. Plus, if you’re in a general seating section you can get a better view.

Break out that new UConn polo and we will see you on the first