Football Tailgating Tips

Finally, we’re welcoming fall, (well, some of us are) that eagerly anticipated season when we get to enjoy cooler temps, colorful leaves, the start of school and, of course, football season!

Football season in Merced brings with it a whole host of seasonal activities for football fans, from game-day tailgates and sports bar outings, to friendly bets and bowl parties. At Executive Edge we are all about The Foosball Bobby Boucher and we want your football season to be both exciting and safe, so as you cheer your team to victory, consider the following tips.

  • Prep the Night Before: When you are trying to enjoy the game, the atmosphere and the beer the last thing you want to do is have to chop everything up and get things prepared. Do it the night before. Slice burger toppings, Fill ketchup and mustard bottles, pack foil, paper products, ziplock baggies and whatnot so that when you get there it is all within reach and ready to use.

  • Time Management: Plan, plan and plan some more. Arrive at the game early – way early; the earlier the better. Set up your cooking stations, get the grill lit and hot, layout your serving table and start cooking. Eat early and clean up early so you can enjoy the game and who knows, maybe even get toasted. Just make sure you have a designated driver.

  • Make Yourself Easy to Find: Dig out an old inflatable swimming pool toy – ideally the same animal that is your favorite team’s mascot if you can find it – and fill it with helium. Tie a long long ribbon to it and tie it to your car. Let it float high in the sky and all your friends will know where to find you.

  • Handwashing: Tailgating is messy business. Get yourself one of those big family size plastic laundry soap containers. Fill it with Dish soap and hot water. Shake it up. Cut about 2 inches off the bottom of the handle and mount a roll of paper towels onto the newly cut handle. Viola! A handwashing station that can be used over and over.

  • Ice Chest Resourcefulness: Learn the right way to pack an ice chest. There about a gazillion tutorials online. Google the terms “how to pack a cooler” and you will find that one of the best tips available is pack your cans and bottles on the bottom and the meat on top of that. You can freeze your water bottles so that they are both ice and beverage. An ice chest can also be used to keep hot food hot. Remember when I said get things prepared ahead of time. Well, you can also cook hot dogs, ribs, burgers and corn on the cob and keep them hot in the ice chest. Seriouly…google that!

  • Keep it close: Whether you’re hitting the live game or the local tavern, be sure to keep your valuables, such as wallets, mobile phones and purses, safe. Also, keep it close to you (better yet, attached) at all times to avoid theft.

Wherever and however you’re watching the game, we hope you enjoy every last minute. Go team!

Game day insurance tips

Here are a few pointers for making sure your insurance provides an additional safety net on game day:

  • • Make sure you have adequate auto coverage to cover any contents that may be stolen in the unfortunate event of a break-in at the stadium parking lot.

  • • Ensure you have sufficient liability coverage on your homeowner’s policy, as well as medical payments coverage and possibly umbrella coverage. These exist to protect you in the event someone becomes injured while at your house.

  • • Consider roadside assistance coverage. In the event your vehicle breaks down or you lock your keys in your car, it can save the day.

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Kelly Spies

Executive Edge Insurance Services

320 E Yosemite Ave Ste 101

Merced, Ca 95340

209-385-EDGE

Kelly@PolicyPlease.com

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