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A Sports Fan's Guide to Winning Lacrosse Tailgates

Posted by Tom Hallissey on Mar 23, 2018 10:00:00 AM

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A New York Lizards game is the perfect opportunity to enjoy a tailgate with friends and family. It’s a wonderful atmosphere where sports fans of all ages arrive early to eat, drink and talk lax before game time.

If you are planning on going to Shuart Stadium this season, why not make a day of it? The ‘Zards list of tailgating tips will get you started (charcoal not included).

How a Real Sports Fan Prepares for a Tailgate

A true tailgate is not pulled together on a moment’s notice. Veteran lax fans spend hours getting ready for the big game.

Game Day Prep

There are a few essential items you will need in order to host a winning tailgate, including ice-filled coolers, cooking utensils and a charcoal grill.

But, that’s just the basics.

Don’t forget to pack these other items. You will be lost without them.

  • Spatulas
  • Bottle openers
  • Tongs
  • Can openers
  • Wooden skewers
  • Trash bags
  • Paper towels
  • Sunscreen

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If you want your tailgate to be the hit of the parking lot, you will also want to spend some time crafting a menu for the day. Popular game day fare includes burgers, hot dogs, steaks and chicken kebobs.

Prepare the meal as much in advance as you can to allow yourself more time to enjoy the company of friends and family.

3 Things you can do the Night Before

  • Skewer and marinate kebobs
  • Shape and pack burger patties
  • Slice burger toppings, like tomatoes and onions

The New York Lizards Tailgate

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On game day, it’s best to arrive early so you can enjoy as much of the day as possible. The parking lots at Hofstra University’s Shuart Stadium open two hours before the first face-off. The good parking spots tend to go quickly.

Tailgating is allowed at New York Lizards games, but only charcoal grills are allowed. Gas grills, kegs and open fires are prohibited. You are allowed to bring tents and tables into the parking lot. Hofstra University asks that fans do not discard hot coals near vehicles or in plastic waste receptacles.

Show your Team Colors

To support the team, you want to dress in black and green, the Lizards’ colors. You will earn extra points from fellow tailgaters if you wear a ‘Zards jersey. You could also bring a flag or float black and green helium balloons to help your group find your gathering among all the others.

Before or after a Lizards game is also a great time to meet other like-minded sports fans. Don’t be afraid to invite passers-by over for a drink or a bite to eat. You never know who you may meet at Shuart Stadium.

Of course, your tailgate is only a precursor to the main event: Major League Lacrosse. You will have the opportunity to see professional lacrosse stars, like Paul Rabil and Rob Pannell, compete in the fastest game on two feet.

This spring and summer, don’t miss the chance to treat your friends and family to a full day of eating, drinking, socializing and watching pro lax!

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Topics: Games