The Ultimate Guide To Tailgate In Super Bowl LIII


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With February 3rd rapidly approaching, football fans headed to the 53rd Superbowl in Atlanta are no doubt cleaning their grills, prepping marinades and rubs and eagerly looking forward to tailgating.

However, given the sheer size of the stadium parking lot, tailgaters must face parking, potentially rowdy home fans and many unwritten rules of etiquette concerning this venerated pastime. In order to make friends, have a great time and wow any curious passersby with your offerings, follow this simple four-step guide.

Step 1: Picking a Parking Lot in Mercedes Benz Stadium

In order to ensure that you and your group can get adequate parking, it is important to be aware of where and how to acquire a decent parking spot.

Picking Parking Lot in Stadium

The Mercedes-Benz stadium offers several parking lots which allow tailgating, such as 134 Forsythe Street located just 0.3 miles from Gate 4. To make it even easier to ensure that you get a spot as soon as possible, making use of a booking app like ParkMobile can save a lot of time and effort.

However, it is important to note that some parking lot does require a printed permit. For anyone wishing to secure parking in advance, the stadium’s Events page provides both a calendar with detailed information and the ability to book pre-parking. You can refer to this table (at the end of this page) to get detailed information about what parking lots are allowed to tailgate

Coordination between your family and friends is very important in ensuring that all people and supplies reach their intended destinations. One of the most important steps to a quality tailgating experience is making sure everyone in your group can get there at least three hours early, unless you happen to be lucky enough to own a reserved parking pass.

Even so, it is well worth considering getting to the destination several hours in advance. If anyone has reserved parking or is hosting the event, their central location makes it easy for a group to congregate and assemble supplies.

Step 2: Getting Ready for The Kick-Off

a. Planning A Menu That Will Be Devoured by Half-Time

While every team’s fans have particular favorite foods and beverages, there are several factors which should be taken into consideration when preparing party supplies. First and foremost, foods should be divided into those which can be prepared in advance and those which need to make on site.

b. Fantastic Foods

No tailgating party is complete without delicious grilled foods.

A dedicated griller will have difficulty choosing between their favorite BBQ delicacies to present to the crowd. Beyond the traditional favorites of brats, burgers, and wings, you might consider a custom chip dip or three-bean salad. Grilled pizza, sliders, ribs, and shish-kebabs also make great ideas.

Preparing food for tailgating at Super Bowl 53

One thing to consider when planning the menu is including common favorites, like burgers or wings, but switching them up with a unique aioli or spicy Asian-inspired glaze. An adequate supply of snack foods such as jerky, chips and whatever else you fancy will also help you feed your guests while food is cooking.

c. Bountiful Beverages

Whether knocking back a few cold ones or simply sipping on a soda, making sure that everyone stays hydrated can quickly become an issue without proper knowledge and planning.

Anyone in charge of bringing ice or drinks should assume that they are bringing enough for at least four others to ensure an adequate supply of drinks. There are a huge variety of beers, wines, and liquors available to consider, but make sure you are aware of what the stadium permits regarding alcohol before you inadvertently get into trouble.

If you are unsure, don’t be afraid to ask a fellow tailgater to figure it out so your game day doesn’t suffer any unpleasant surprises.

d. Practical Considerations

Anyone bringing grills and beverage coolers should make sure their vehicle can safely transport any such equipment, including gas and charcoal. Any tailgate grills, bags of charcoal and propane containers should be secured and a fire extinguisher should always be included in case of emergencies.

Prepare desired fuel specialy is charcoal

e. Engaging Entertainment

Given the long wait facing your group, it is highly recommended that you bring along a television to watch sports programming, football or otherwise, or perhaps play video games to pass the time.

However, if your vehicle is not equipped to power a television on its own, it may be advisable to purchase an A/C inverter and plug to power any electronic devices. For those down in Atlanta early, there will also be a three-day Music Fest from 1/31 to 2/02 which is easily available to anyone with reserved parking.

Making sure that your phone is also prepped with a great game day playlist can also help keep people entertained.

Step 3: Let’s fire up your grill & start BBQing right away

Advanced planning and preparation and proper sanitation will help make things easier and allow you to enjoy your gameday experience.

Anything perishable must be stored with a sufficient supply of ice to avoid contamination and any warm foods should be transported with heat packs or rewarmed upon arrival. Anyone cooking should consider the tastes of their group, the amount of available cooking space and refrigeration on site and if there are any potential food allergy concerns.

Lets fire up your grill and start tailgating

Ensuring that any food prepared not only looks beautiful but is properly cooked and safe to eat requires a high-quality food thermometer. For anyone unfamiliar with the proper food-safe temperatures for their food, this extensive list by me is perfect for making sure your meat is cooked to perfection, no matter what you happen to be cooking on or with.

Step 4: Some Rules, Tips & Tricks that you must know

While food is the main component of a great tailgating party, having an area that is welcoming, comfortable and entertaining for your group and any fellow fans can make all the difference.

One of the most crucial elements is an adequate amount of seating for your gathering, as well as extra chairs for any guests that may pop in and out. It is also important to make sure that everyone stays well hydrated, particularly if you are tailgating in warmer weather. While bringing a ball to kick or throw around may seem like harmless fun, consider how crowded your environment is before letting fly with a long pass. No one will be likely to thank you if you or your ball crashes into the middle of their grill or hits their loved one, even by accident.

Tips and Tricks when tailgating

Other vital factors to consider for a trouble-free tailgating experience is making sure your knowledge of permitted beverages and grills is current. Most football stadiums have no issues with beer cans, small gas grills or charcoal grills, and as long as your group remains in the parking lot and doesn’t make trouble, there shouldn’t be any issues. If the weather is inclement, make sure you know what your stadium allows in terms of external heating before starting a burn barrel or propane heater for your group.

Tailgaters should also bring sufficient supplies of garbage bags and ensure they are properly used in order to protect the environment and avoid conflict with either fans or authorities.

Making sure that you and your group have a good sense of the mood of the crowd can be very important as well. While the vast majority of fans will be in relatively good humor on gameday, some fans have more dubious reputations concerning the treatment of outsiders than others, particularly when heavy alcohol consumption is involved.

One other important piece of advice in this area is to only eat or drink from your own tailgate without the express permission of other groups. While you might be there to root for the victory of the same team, having the same colors on your vehicles does not mean that you somehow have permission to start grazing.

Step 5: BBQ Recipes to Ensure a Touchdown

Are you still looking for inspiration? Your tailgating party is an opportunity for you to prepare some of your favorites, as well as to try some new and exciting dishes. Consider some of these BBQ recipes to create a memorable feast that you and your guests are sure to enjoy:

 Pork Belly Sliders by Heidi from Foodiecrush

Pork Belly Sliders by Heidi from Foodiecrush

 Layered Taco Dip by Jenny from HoneyandBirch

Layered Taco Dip by Jenny from HoneyandBirch

 Hot Cheese Bake by Ellen from ConfessionsOfAnOverworkedMom

Hot Cheese Bake by Ellen from ConfessionsOfAnOverworkedMom

 Hawaiian Meatball Sliders by Marye from RestlessChipotle

Hawaiian Meatball Sliders by Marye from RestlessChipotle

Cowboy Caviar by Lindsey from RedHeadBabyMama

Cowboy Caviar by Lindsey from RedHeadBabyMama

Sweet-Spicy Peppers by Molly from EasyCookingWithMolly

Sweet-Spicy Peppers by Molly from EasyCookingWithMolly

Buffalo Chicken Potato Skins by Nina from iHeartRadio

Buffalo Chicken Potato Skins by Nina from iHeartRadio

Smoked Sausage Skewers by Carrie from Our Potluck Family

Smoked Sausage Skewers by Carrie from Our Potluck Family

Beef and Broccoli Kabob Recipe by Alaina from Bullock’s Buzz

Beef and Broccoli Kabob Recipe by Alaina from Bullock’s Buzz

Football Tailgating Recipes by Colby from Days of a Domestic Dad

Football Tailgating Recipes by Colby from Days of a Domestic Dad

Buffalo Chicken Dip by Wendy from LaaLoosh

Buffalo Chicken Dip by Wendy from LaaLoosh

Chocolate-Covered Peanut Butter Footballs from Everyday Dishes

Chocolate-Covered Peanut Butter Footballs from Everyday Dishes

Some Alternative Eating (and Drink) Options at Super Bowl

While the Superbowl is a fine reason to visit the beautiful city of Atlanta, there is no reason to assume that the only party in town is happening in the stadium parking lots.

While hardly inexpensive at $750 per head, The Players Tailgate is located a mere four blocks away from the stadium and features NFL players, gourmet food, is hosted by none other than Guy Fieri and is sure to be an amazing event.

For those who want to tailgate without the hassle of hauling food and cooking supplies, the SB 53 Tailgate Party Committee offers televisions, free food, and drinks available for purchase, food trucks, a live band and much more at a comparatively cheaper price of $100.

Anyone interested in other great places to find food around the Super Bowl should check out Menu of  Thrive Restaurant, Max’s Coal Oven Pizzeria, Der Biergarten, or STATS Brewpub

Stay Safe, Have Fun!

While challenges of coordination, preparation and organization of people and material for tailgating can seem a daunting task, there are few things better for a diehard football fan to kick off a game with.

As long as there is good communication, good fellowship and good food, tailgating can strengthen the bonds between an already tight-knit group of friends and family or even forge new connections with a greater community of fellow fans.

As long as you prepare sufficiently, grill up some great food, respect the rules and etiquette and just remember to have a good time, your tailgate will be one people talk about for years to come.

Parking Lots That Allow Tailgating At Super Bowl LIII

Detailed information about each lot is listed here

134 Forsyth Street

Distance: 0.3 miles from stadium

135 Forsyth Street

Distance: 0.3 miles from stadium

17 Baker

Distance: 1 mile from stadium

305 Ted Turner

Distance: 1.1 miles from stadium

AJC Lot

Distance: 0.4 miles from stadium

Blue Lot

Distance: 0.4 miles from stadium

City Plaza

Distance: 0.6 miles from stadium

Dome 2

Distance: 0.3 miles from stadium

Lot 18

Distance: 0.6 miles from stadium

Lot 36

Distance: 0.9 miles from stadium

Lot 37

Distance: 0.9 miles from stadium

Lot 43

Distance: 0.9 miles from stadium

Lot 44

Distance: 0.9 miles from stadium

Lot 57

Distance: 0.7 miles from stadium

Lot 6

Distance: 0.9 miles from stadium

Lot 77

Distance: 0.25 miles from stadium

Lot 81

Distance: 0.1 miles from stadium

Lot A – Gulch

Distance: 0.2 miles from stadium

Lot B

Distance: 0.2 miles from stadium

Lot C

Distance: 0.5 miles from stadium

Lot D

Distance: 0.9 miles from stadium

Lot F

Distance: 0.7 miles from stadium

Lot G

Distance: 0.8 miles from stadium

Lot H

Distance: 0.8 miles from stadium

Lot K

Distance: 0.4 miles from stadium

Lot L

Distance: 0.5 miles from stadium

Lot M

Distance: 0.2 miles from stadium

Lot P

Distance: 0.3 miles from stadium

Lot R

Distance: 0.2 miles from stadium

Lot U

Distance: 0.2 miles from stadium

Marshalling Yard

Distance: 0.7 miles from stadium

Marshalling Yard 4 – Cars

Distance: 0.7 miles from stadium

Nelson Street

Distance: 0.4 miles from stadium

North Gate 1

Distance: 0.1 miles from stadium

State Farm Drive

Distance: 0.2 miles from stadium

The Home Depot Backyard

Distance: 0.01 miles from stadium

The Home Depot Backyard West

Distance: 0.01 miles from stadium

Yellow Lot

Distance: 0.6 miles from stadium