I must admit, we are in one of my favorite times of the year. As we move into late fall and temperatures are slowly dropping and leaves are changing color; I’m spending less time mowing the grass and more time watching football on the weekends. This time of the football season is my favorite. Teams are jockeying for position in their conferences and every game at this point matters. As most of us enjoy the games from the comfort of our own homes, for some daring fans watching the game on the couch isn’t good enough. They’ll pay a crazy amount for tickets, bundle up in 3 layers of clothes and head out to watch their favorite team in person. I’m one of them. My wife and I recently attended an NFL game, and I was quickly reminded why I enjoy coming to games in the first place. The energy of a filled stadium with our fans yelling during the good and bad easily surpasses the feeling of numb fingers and feet. But just as fun as the game is, I think I enjoy tailgating just as much. The endless food platters, coolers filled to the top, yard games all over the parking lot, and just the general atmosphere of spending time with friends, family and fans. Along with all the aforementioned tailgating necessities, the biggest things fans can do to enhance a tailgate is set up a pop up canopy tent. I wanted to make this post because after attending a game, I realized there are some big advantages to bringing a canopy tent to a tailgate and I wanted to pass this along to potential game day fans. After we got home from the game, we researched all the specifications of the most popular 10×10 shelters to bring to you the best pop up canopy tent for tailgating.
One of the most underrated reasons to have a pop up canopy tent a tailgate is that they provide a physical boundary to part of your tailgate. Parking ushers typically jam cars as tightly as possible in the parking lots without any space in between. It makes sense, with only so many spots and a sold out stadium they need to make sure everyone has a parking spot. Any everyone wants more space than the width of their car for tailgating, which results in fans overrunning their allotted space and encroaching on their neighbor parked next to them. A canopy tent allows you to mark your territory to help prevent losing your precious tailgating real estate. Throw the grill and food tables and a few chairs under the pop up canopy and you’ll find you have much more space than you otherwise would. The second reason to bring a tent is arguably the most important; they provide one of the cheapest and most effective insurance policies for any tailgate. This time of year the weather is unpredictable. There is nothing worse than a surprise rain shower in 50 degree weather and having to sit the rest of the day in soaking wet clothes. Depending on game time, tailgates can last anywhere between 3-8 hours which means there is plenty of time for a passing shower. For less than $200 you can have a top of the line, commercial grade shelter that will protect your tailgate for years to come. And lastly, pop up canopy tents provide needed relief from the sun during those long days tailgating. Especially true for southern states where even in November it can still be upward of 80 degrees outside. Being outside for prolonged periods of time without coverage can cause sunburn, dehydration and even heat exhaustion. It is important to protect your skin with some shade, and pop up canopy tents are the best at doing this at tailgates.