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Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Tailgating at Home

Categories: Events, Family Fun, General, Indiana University, Wine & Culinary

Although we are all excited that football is back, it is important to stay safe. For that reason, IU has decided fans and tailgating are not allowed. Tailgating at home (or "homegating"), however, keeps the tradition alive within the comforts and safety of your home. This year, trade the parking lots and large crowds for backyard games with your closest friends and family - all without the setting up or breaking down. 

5. The Decor


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What's a party without decorations! We're talking pillows, posters, tailgating games, even cookware! You may not be at the game in person, but don't let the IU decor collect dust. Several places in Bloomington sell Hoosier paraphernalia to decorate the house with on game day. 

4. School Spirit


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This is a must! Celebrating doesn't even sound right without wearing your cream and crimson. You can find an IU retailer on just about any corner of town, meaning endless reasons to buy a new piece of apparel. 

3. Food & Drink


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Part of what makes tailgating so special is the food. The perk of tailgating at home is your kitchen. Imagine the time saved now that you don't have to pack up the food to head to the parking lot. Of course, the necessities such as burgers and dogs have to be on the menu, but make it extra Indiana with some Hoosier classics. Throw a pork tenderloin in the mix. Local shops, The Butcher's Smokehouse and Wagon Wheel, provide the best fresh and local meat. And you can't forget about the drinks! Support local breweries, wineries, and distilleries that offer cocktails to-go, growlers, and pick up options. Also, check out B-Town To-Go for a full list of restaurants offering curbside, carryout, and delivery. 

2. The People


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The people are what makes tailgating so memorable. While we can't all be together at the tailgate fields, there are opportunities to cheer on the Hoosiers with close ones safely. As always, if you are tailgating at home, please follow Monroe County's rules on limited gatherings and follow health guidelines for wearing a mask and social distancing. To stay up to date on COVID-related news, see our re-opening plan

1. The Game


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This is the big event! All the tailgating fun led to this. With tailgating at home, the cleaning can wait. Grab a seat, turn the game on, and cheer on IU!

Nia Jones

Nia Jones