Tailgating Essentials for Opening Day

Spring has sprung, and that brings about one of our favorite times of the year! Everyone is preparing to enjoy the great outdoors, and that includes tailgating. With the Brewer's Opening Day just around the corner, we've compiled a list of some employee favorites and "must-haves" to make your tailgating experience a grand slam! 

Rain in the forecast? Make sure to have some protection from inclement weather. One of the best ways to do this is with an easy-up canopy, keeping your grill, food, beverages and seats dry. We have a variety of styles to choose from, but one staff favorite is the World Famous Sports Quick Up Canopy with Screen Walls. This canopy covers an area of 10 feet by 10 feet, and has a height of 8 feet 6 inches, providing plenty of room for all your tailgating gear. The bonus addition of the screen walls helps keep pesky insects away from your food and beverages, too. Not only is this canopy a breeze to set up, but it offers two zippered doors for easy entry and exit. At just $99.99, you'll be glad to have this around for not just your tailgating adventures, but use in your own backyard, the beach, campsite, or park. 

At some point you're going to need to make the trek from your tailgating station to the stadium, and if there's rain, a poncho can come in handy. Sherper's has a variety of styles, starting at $0.99 and up! Toss one in your car to have on hand for any situation when you are expecting some showers. Looking for something you can use more long-term? We have a variety of rain jackets and rain suits, too! 

If you are going to be spending a few hours (or a lot of hours) in a parking lot, you want to have a comfortable chair. Our staff pick is the ALPS Mountaineering King Kong Chair. When you're tired of buying cheap, quad chairs that last a couple times then break, turn to the King Kong. This quad is pure luxury - with a sturdy powder coated frame, 600D polyester fabric, AND a weight capacity of 800 pounds, this throne is meant to last. Even if you aren't a person who needs the extra weight capacity, the comfort and strength that you'll gain from this chair is incomparable to any other chair on the market that folds up, fits in a carry bag, and can be brought to all your events. All ALPS Mountaineering products come with a lifetime warranty, making this purchase even more sensible. Check it out here.  

When tailgating, you want your cold drinks to stay icy cold, and your hot drinks to stay piping hot. With an entire line of YETI products to choose from, we've got you covered in this arena. The YETI Roadie is an ideal size for your tailgating needs, fitting easily in your car or truck, and will keep your beverages cold for days. It even doubles as a sturdy extra seat for friends stopping by to say hello! When not at a game, this cooler will fit easily in your canoe or boat for long days on the water. Turn to the YETI Rambler Tumbler to keep your drinks cold once you remove them from the cooler. This stainless steel on-the-go cup features double-wall vacuum insulation to keep your cold drinks cold and hot drinks hot. The No Sweat design provides a secure grip with no condensation. Cheers! 

You're going to need something to prepare your tailgating feast, and we've picked the grill for you. There's a reason the Coleman Roadtrip X-Cursion Propane Grill is the official grill of the National Park Foundation. This collapsible propane grill is perfect for tailgating and picnicking, with easy-to-clean porcelain-coated cast iron grates and PerfectFlow technology for a consistent cooking temperature. The Instastart push-button ignition lets you dial in your heat with two independently adjustable burners. When it's time to pack up, the DripTap removable water pan catches all the grease for easy, safe clean up. The low-profile, collapsible design makes transporting your grill easy!