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The Original Tailgaters

The First TailgatersHow did tailgating begin?  The most popular theory seems to be that the first actual tailgating before a football game happened in 1869 before the Princeton and Rutgers game.   Fans traveled by horse-drawn carriage and grilled sausages before the game.   Another theory was that Yale alums were the first to start tailgating.  The story is that the fans had to travel by railcars and there wasn’t a chance to eat along the way so they brought their food and drinks to the game.

There are other schools that also claim that tailgating started at their games.  Where it started is up for debate but we’re just glad that someone started it and it continues to be a great tradition today.  Bring on the brats!

Where do you tailgate?




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