Canadians can now capture the spirit of tailgating in their living rooms.
Homegating is the term the NFL uses for “tailgating for home.”
It is also the name of the NFL’s line of merchandise designed to show your team colours while enhancing the tailgating experience in the home or backyard.
The line includes a variety of chairs, tables, glasses, cooking accessories, even cheese plates.
In Canada, Homegating has now grown to include a digital space where Canadian NFL fans can converse with other fanatics.
Called the ‘NFL Virtual Tailgate’, this digital space is for Canadian fans – however far apart they may be geographically – who want to bask in ‘team-love’ with other fans.
Basking in team love can include comparing photos, swapping stories and searching or sharing tailgate recipes – all while accumulating points towards NFL prizes. The NFL Virtual Tailgate also includes a bar finder which will use GoogleMaps to locate local establishments where other NFL fans are gathering.
Pinty’s – the official chicken wing of the NFL in Canada – will also use the virtual tailgate to conduct its search for the Canada’s ultimate wing sauce recipe. The winner will receive $20,000, 2 tickets to their favourite team’s home game and a chance to have their wing sauce recipe sold in stores.
If you decide to sample the real thing, Thrilllist.com ranked the following as the top tailgating experiences for foodies:
Arrowhead Stadium: Kansas City Chiefs — Kansas City, MO
Famous for BBQ roll in massive smokers and “souped-up professional Webers for an epic afternoon of KC-style ribs and burnt ends with homemade sauce”
MetLife Stadium: New York Giants/ Jets — East Rutherford, NJ
“Often prepped by professional chefs, Grilled seafood, sausage & peppers, and Italian classics are the staples here.”
Candlestick Park: San Francisco 49ers — San Francisco, CA
“Quite possibly the league’s classiest tailgaters, diehard Niner fans have been known to set up picnic tables outside Candlestick Park in order to properly partake of their California Pinot and Cowgirl Creamery cheese plates.”
Mercedes-Benz Superdome: New Orleans Saints — New Orleans, LA
<em>”Expect a full lineup of NOLA classics, like bubbling pots of gumbo, red beans and rice, and char-grilled gulf oysters.”
Gillette Stadium: New England Patriots — Foxborough, MA
“As New England is known for its fresh seafood, Pats fans at Gillette stave off the December chill with an assortment of pre-game scallops, clams, shrimp, and (of course) their famous chowdah.”
FirstEnergy Stadium: Cleveland Browns — Cleveland, OH
“Boasts a number of tailgate traditions — like fried turkey, chili, and Bloody Marys — that run deep. But no tradition is as synonymous with Cleveland as their beer-can chicken, which is pretty much what it sounds like: a whole bird with a can of suds stuffed up its cavity and grilled over indirect heat, so the skin crisps and the insides remain juicy.”
Lambeau Field: Green Bay Packers — Green Bay, WI
“Like a football version of Oktoberfest (but with jerseys, fake beards, and foam cheese heads in lieu of lederhosen), Lambeau lots (and the surrounding neighborhoods) are packed with beer brats, cheese curds, and German suds.”
Ralph Wilson Stadium: Buffalo Bills — Buffalo, NY
“No tailgate in Buffalo is complete without the city’s namesake chicken wing, smothered generously in hotsauce. . . . . or the Buffalo chicken wing dip for that matter: a killer concoction of blue cheese, chicken chucks, Frank’s Red, and cheese, all cooked over an open flame. ”
Qualcomm Stadium: San Diego Chargers — San Diego, CA
“Charger fans at Qualcomm Stadium scoff at BBQ and burgers, turning their tailgates South of the Border for grilled fish tacos, carne asada, and other delicioso Mexican vittles.”