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Tailgate Essentials

From first-time tailgaters to tailgating pros, we have the essentials every sports fan will need to show their team pride. Cheer on your favorite team with the best grills, team gear, games, chairs, wagons, and drinkware. You'll win every tailgate when you gear up for game day at Academy Sports + Outdoors!

Tailgate Party Essentials at Academy Sports + Outdoors

If you’re looking for the perfect tailgating tent to cool off from scorching temperatures or the best grill for tailgating food, Academy has everything you need to create an unforgettable tailgate experience for this football season. It’ll leave even the opposing team’s fans jealous of your spread!

Tailgate Setup Basics

Just like sporting events, tailgating requires preparation for success on game day. They’re typically held on stadium parking lots so there are scarce amenities in place – if none altogether – meaning even drinking water can be impossible to find on the outside grounds. Keeping your family, friends, and other guests comfortable is easy when you have the right equipment for your setup.

Be sure to pick up at least one folding chair for each guest so that everyone has a place to sit. Since parking lots have very few shaded areas to cool off or avoid a drizzle, you’ll want to choose the best canopy with enough space for everyone to get together. Canopy leg weight plates are also a favorite hack with tailgating pros to keep your canopy secure against light, gusty winds.

Additionally, pick up a tailgating cooler to pack beverages so your guests can stay hydrated and cold food and drinks can be kept at the right temperature. It’s also recommended to bring along some wagons and utility carts to make unloading and packing up a cinch.

Whether serving up sizzling brisket or scrumptious snacks, choose from a wide assortment to find the best tailgate grill for cooking like a true pitmaster. Make a pastime out of passing time before the game starts or at the half and play a few games that everyone can enjoy such as cornhole or horseshoes.

Gear Up from the Fan Shop

Just like the barbecue you’re grilling, you can also add a little extra flavor to your setup. Rep your favorite team’s logo and colors with gear from the Tailgating Fan Shop. Go all in with your team spirit and shop for canopies, team chairs, gameday clothing and more. Find officially licensed merch at Academy to be the MVP of your next tailgate party at the big game.