The Earliest Sports Fans

The First Sports Fans

I came, I saw, I tailgated.

Imagine it’s oh, 75 BC or so, and you’ve got nothing to do on a Saturday, so you wander over to  the Coliseum to check out what is going on.  They’re having a chariot race so you and your friends stay and watch.  Then afterward Caesar decides to open up the Coliseum and invite everyone to enjoy  food, drink, and entertainment.  You have just participated in the first tailgating event out of the back of a chariot.

Since keeping stats and recording history is sketchy once you go back further than the invention of the printing press it is hard to determine exactly what happened that day, but some believe that it was Caesar who was the first to hold large sporting events and to tailgate.  Hail Caesar!  And thanks.  You started something really great.

If you’re hosting a game day party here’s a great book to get you going:Fan Fare: A Playbook of Great Recipes for Tailgating or Watching the Game at Home

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One Response to “The Earliest Sports Fans”

  1. Roshan says:

    Hi…. Realy interesting blog. Enjoyed reading.
    Thanx for sharing with us.
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