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With college football kicking off this month, many fans are eager to return to the stadium, and to tailgating. Following last year’s shortened season and reduced fan attendance due to the pandemic, many are out of practice with tailgating and the dangers that accompany it.
There are ways to avoid and prevent some of the dangers that can occur when tailgating at a game. No one ever plans to get hurt, but that doesn’t mean that a car accident or injury won’t happen. Avoiding these dangers may seem like common sense, however, it is important to be prepared for any scenario.
Read our tips to stay safe before, during, and after your game day tailgating!
Before the Tailgate
- Charging your phone (and packing a portable charger for emergency)
- Make sure you have a first aid kit in your car
- Familiarize yourself with the school’s game day information and stadium policies. This can be found online for most major schools and is key when attending any sporting event
At the Tailgate
There are a variety of tailgate setups, ranging from RVs with large televisions to a folding table next to an open trunk. No matter how you tailgate, follow these tips to do it safely:
- Have a grill? Make sure a fire extinguisher is nearby.
- Make sure all raw food is properly sealed and stored prior to leaving for the game and upon arrival. Spoiled meat will spoil the tailgate!
- Many fans wouldn’t consider their tailgate to be complete without a few alcoholic beverages. If drinking, do so responsibly and make sure you have a designated driver.
- If entering the game, make note of the number to text for stadium assistance. It can be found on any display screens throughout most stadiums, as well as posted physically throughout.
Arriving and Leaving the Tailgate
When coming to and from tailgating at the stadium, there is a high chance for auto accidents. As thousands of people arrive by foot and vehicle, traffic patterns may be adjusted to compensate for the heavy traffic.
- Keep an eye out for any signs or police officers redirecting traffic, as there could be sudden braking.
- Make sure your driver is alert and fully awake before getting in the car. It’s important to drive cautiously in busy areas
- Always wear your seatbelt.
Football games are an important part of the fall, and fans love attending them. In fact, many schools have planned to return to full stadium capacity for this season, including Furman University, University of South Carolina, Clemson University, University of Alabama, and University of Oklahoma. (A couple of those being our alma maters!)
No matter if you’re tailgating at the stadium or at home, make sure to tailgate safely and have fun. If something happens, our attorneys are here to help with the best defense in the league. As an added note, please make sure you and your loved ones are taking the proper precautions as we try and go “back to normal” during this continued pandemic.
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