Lambeau Field: 5 Steps to a Truly Successful Tailgate

Dustin JensonContributor IIOctober 5, 2011

Lambeau Field: 5 Steps to a Truly Successful Tailgate

0 of 6

    Let me ask all of you a quick question before we get into this. If you haven't been to a game at Lambeau Field...what's wrong with you? It's the most historic venue in the NFL, as it has housed some of the best teams of all time, and certainly one of the better dynasties the league has ever seen.

    It is a building built by some of the greats, proven by the ring of honor displaying the names and numbers of the best to have ever set foot on that hallowed ground.

    In this slideshow I'll be going through five easy steps to make sure you have a tailgating experience to match up with the mystique of the field itself.

Step 1. Arrival Time

1 of 6

    With a Parking Pass

     Four hours early, as on the dot as possible. If you have a parking pass there's no need to show up any earlier than this as the parking lot won't even be accessible, so you'll be left just sitting in a long line of cars (Cake reference!) waiting to be let in.

    You'll still be getting a great parking spot even if you show up right at 8:00 a.m., so there's no need for dragging yourself out of bed any earlier than you have to considering it's going to be a long day.

    Without a Pass

    Four-and-a-half hours early. This leaves you plenty of time to find a free parking spot nice and close to Lambeau. Keep in mind you WILL be carrying a cooler at this point in time so the closer you can get the better, those things get heavy after 15 blocks or so.

    If you walk up to the parking lot before the four hour deadline you'll still be able to walk around a bit, or just set up camp somewhere until the cars come in and you can start you're wandering around process. This is where the cooler comes in handy because no one likes a free-loader.

Step 2. Beer Choice

2 of 6

    With/Without a Pass

    One simple word will get through this whole slide, Miller. I see plenty of people bringing in a wide variety of beer but Wisconsin is, and always will be, a Miller state.

    There are certain types of Miller that should only be used as well, stick to Lite, MGD or High Life. Whenever I see someone walking around with a Miller Chill, I call them a Tony Romo; so close to getting it all right, only to end up failing miserably, and quite frankly, embarrassing everyone around them.

    This tip will come in handy to those of you without a pass, as you can easily spot the tailgates worth stopping by for a bit solely on the beer selection. Even if you ignore the Miller advice, there's no way you can ignore that you need to bring a lot of it, you are in Wisconsin after all.

Step 3. Grilling

3 of 6

    With a Pass

     The pressure's all on you to pull this one off. It is acceptable to ask a friend to bring small things if he's meeting up at your space, but the grill and all its accessories are up to you. The size of the grill doesn't matter as much as you might think, it's all about the roll of the charcoal.

    Of course, there are plenty of options for what you put on that grill, but if you want my suggestion (which you obviously should), nothing beats cooking up a little Chili John's and hot dogs. Goes great with that 12th Miller High Life you just had.

    Without a Pass

    Option A: Know someone that has a pass

    Option B: Wander around the parking lot, there will be more than enough hospitable folks there that will be more than happy to trade you a brat or two in exchange for what you have in that handy dandy cooler.

Step 4. Be Kind to Your Neighbors

4 of 6

    With/Without a Pass

    This becomes increasingly crucial as the day wears on and the beers start running low. As game time rapidly approaches, some fans will start to become more and more agitated because they feel that their intensity is the key to the Packers victory that day.

    So try to get in there early and make friends, offer people an early beer or any food you have, try to include them in whatever activities you have going on (bags/corn-hole is always popular).

    This is a situation where not having a parking pass might actually be more beneficial, as you're not stuck next to the same people the whole time if you decide they're being a little to aggressive for your taste.

Step 5. Departure Time

5 of 6

    With a Pass

    Load up all your grill equipment roughly a half hour before you plan on making your way to the gate, I recommend starting to head inside roughly 10-15 minutes before kick off. This will leave you enough time to wait in line and finish off the last of that beverage you've been nursing for the past 45 minutes.

    Without a Pass

     You're going to have to leave the tailgate a bit earlier than those lucky few with the pass, as you have to put that cooler back into your car. Lucky for you though it'll be empty by this time and will feel like a feather compared to when you had to bring it in roughly two days ago. Or at least that's what it'll feel like if you followed these steps and tailgated properly.

Conclusion

6 of 6

    There you have it, five steps to a near perfect tailgate. There are a few more things I didn't mention, like the band pictured that you must experience because they really are a good time.

    While they will obviously take your tips, I know that the banjo player and the guy with the washboard chest plate also enjoy a tip in the form of a nice cold beer.

    So enjoy yourselves out there, and I hope to be seeing some of you come November 20th when they host the Buccaneers!