Football season is underway, which means that fans across the United States are busting out the grills and getting ready for sport’s most coveted pregame tradition. From chilly parking lots in New England to tropical Sundays in Miami, there are plenty amazing tailgates for American travelers to choose from.
New England Patriots Tailgates
A thirty-minute drive from the state capital and our guests at the Boxer Boston Hotel, Gillette Stadium is the place to find New England’s famous die-hard football fans. The parking lot pregame is quite a scene, with big-bellied behemoths wearing t-shirts in sub-freezing conditions. Classic grilling and drinking rules apply, just be careful sporting a Jets or Giants jersey, as these fans are famously unforgiving.
Gillette Stadium. 1 Patriot Pl, Foxborough, MA. (508) 543-8200
Philadelphia Eagles Tailgates
A notoriously rowdy bunch, Philadelphia Eagles fans are a spectacle for anyone interested in American football. Head to Lincoln Financial Field (aka The Linc) for an afternoon of age-old chants and delectable Philly cheesesteaks. Just a fifteen-minute drive from The Independent Hotel, these tailgates go all out with buffets, drinking, and tons of local spirit.
Lincoln Financial Field. 1020 Pattison Ave, Philadelphia, PA. (267) 570-4000
Miami Dolphins Tailgates
Miami Gardens, FL
Taking it down south, the Miami Dolphins preserve their fans from the common fall-chill associated with football season. Head to Hard Rock Stadium in Coral Gables, just a half-hour drive from IC’s Blue Moon and Winter Haven hotels, where parking lot pregames trade Irish coffees for margaritas. Grill sessions here range from classic burger-and-dog menus to local favorites like mahi mahi.
Hard Rock Stadium. 347 Don Shula Dr, Miami Gardens, FL. (305) 943-8000
New York Jets/Giants Tailgates
East Rutherford, NJ
Whether you head out of New York City to catch the Jets or Giants at East Rutherford’s MetLife Stadium, you’re sure to tailgate with some rowdy, passionate fans. The food at these tailgates reflects local cultures with a plethora of simmering sausages with peppers and onions. Get ready for a shouting match if you’re rooting for the away team, as these fans are passionate as any.
MetLife Stadium. 1 MetLife Stadium Dr, East Rutherford, NJ. (201) 559-1515
Washington Redskins Tailgates
DC travelers can take a half-hour drive to Landover, Maryland for one of the oldest football traditions in the country. The 81-year-old Redskins- fan-base go all-in on their tailgates with ambitious barbecues that reach well beyond your typical burger and dog. Join the tradition at FedEx field this fall!
FedEx Field. 1600 Fedex Way, Greater Landover, MD. (301) 276-6000