When money is tight, or if you just don’t have any buddies in town who like football, then crashing someone else’s tailgate party looks like a real good time. But, you don’t have to be cheap or lonely to go crashing other people’s tailgating – you can just like meeting and hanging out with new people. No matter what your reasons, we have a few tips to share when it comes to including yourself in other people’s tailgating parties. Just be warned that you can’t expect all of these ideas to work.
1. Pretend you know them
Okay, so this is kind of a con, but you can pretend that you know someone at the tailgate party you wanna crash. This is risky, and you can easily get found out, but it can actually work. Of course, you’ll need to do a little pre-pretending sleuthing to see if you can’t overhear someone’s name. Knowing a name, and the person it belongs to, will help you sell your story.
2. Offer a trade (or a pretend trade)
Say you’re walking the stadium parking lot and you see a group of tailgaters that you wanna crash. Maybe they have some brats that you’d like or something else. Well, just saunter up and be like “man, them’s some good looking brats” and after a little conversation, offer them something that you have, like “I wouldn’t be able to tempt you into a trade for one of them brats, cause my Meg has got some killer cupcakes back at our spot.”
The thing that you offer in trade is easiest if you actually have that item. If not, you’re on risky ground. You have to point them in the direction of your tailgaters (that don’t exist) and then make sure that they never see you again after this little lie.
3. The fake scavenger hunt
Make up some little scavenger hunt sheets listing out all the food and beverages that you want to get from your crashing before you ever get to the parking lot. Then, as you find a group of tailgaters that have something you want, mark off a bunch of the other stuff and go up to them like they have one of the last things that you need to win it.
Who can refuse that? No one! Then, just repeat this process over and over again. That’s why you need several of those sheets!
4. Offer them cash.
Yeah, it’s kind of sad and not really the cheapest way to go about this, but you can also offer to pay for something that you want from someone else’s tailgating party. Just make sure you have enough cash on you to be able to do this as many times as you want.
5. Be a social butterfly.
As obvious as it might sound, one of the easiest ways to successfully be a tailgate crasher is to just chat up people. If you have an outgoing personality and are good at making small talk, then it will be a piece of cake for you. And as you chat it up, before you know it the people you’re talking to will start offering you some of their stash. Just keep this up all day and you’ll get pretty full by game time.