We’ve got the big boys of South Florida football—NFL’s Miami Dolphins and the UM Hurricanes—but that doesn’t mean you need to limit your tailgate parties to Miami! In fact, the tri-county area hosts a slew of Division I and II football squads, including the FIU Golden Panthers, FAU Owls, Bethune-Cookman Wildcats, and Florida Tech Panthers. If you’re an alma mater or simply can’t get enough grill-and-gridiron action this football season, each of these college programs has a slate of home games that should keep your excitement at an 11 through to December.

Here are some of the best South Florida college games you should tailgate at in 2018:

  • Miami Hurricanes vs. FIU Golden Panthers (9/22) – Hosted at UM’s Coral Gables campus, this mid-season bout should be the toughest yet for both squads.
  • FIU Golden Panthers vs. FAU Owls (11/3) – Bitter rivals to the end, the Golden Panthers and Owls will compete for the 17th annual Shula Bowl in November. Don’t miss it!
  • Miami Hurricanes vs. Pittsburgh Panthers (11/24) – Concluding their season, the Hurricanes hope to go 2-0 against “panthers” this season.
  • Bethune-Cookman Wildcats vs. NCCU Eagles (11/8) – It’s Senior Day at Municipal Stadium in Daytona Beach! Head up to catch the MEAC conference’s top teams make names for themselves.
  • Florida Tech Panthers vs. Newberry College Wolves (9/8) – Division II’s Panthers open their season at home in Melbourne, FL, against The Wolves of Newberry College.
  • FAU Owls vs. Charlotte 49ers (11/24) – Boca Raton’s Owls complete their season against the relative newbies in the 49ers of the University of North Carolina Charlotte.
  • FIU Golden Panthers vs. Marshall Thundering Herd (11/24) – The Herd comes to Miami to finish the year with a defeat against the Golden Panthers.
  • Bethune-Cookman Wildcats vs. Florida A&M Rattlers (11/17) – Pack your Honda Ridgeline with all the tailgating essentials, then head north to Orlando for the 2018 Florida Blue Classic.

Tips for Tailgating in South Florida

Anyone can join a tailgating party, but it takes a special person to throw one. Become your friends’ savior this year by hosting the best dang tailgate this side of the Mississippi.

  • Get there plenty early—up to 4 hours before kickoff—and set up before your guests have even showered.
  • Bring helium balloons and attach them to your area so friends can spot you easily.
  • Take extra ice.
  • Consider setting up an area for “doing your business.” A portable toilet like this one eliminates the long lines at the porta lav.
  • Cook everything but the hot dogs in advance and use a grill or crockpot for reheating other items.
  • Create an awesome playlist that you can blast from your Honda Ridgeline’s truck bed.
  • Bring a full 1-gallon gas can, just in case.
  • Set up a viewing station in the back of the truck, complete with TV and antenna, so people don’t have to buy game tickets to par-tay.
  • Don’t wear sandals or flip-flops; comfortable sneakers only!
  • Learn how to pack a cooler like a tailgating expert.
  • Bring hand sanitizer and extra paper towels.
  • Don’t forget the bottle opener.
  • Above all else, have a blast!

However, the #1 tip for making your tailgate party the best ever: bringing the right vehicle along for the ride.

Commonly referred to as the prince of tailgating, the Honda Ridgeline makes it simple to plan, set up, and tear down a tailgate party. The Ridgeline provides you with every tailgate features you could ask for, including a 150W bed outlet for your TV, an in-bed cooler with drain plug, and the industry’s first truck-bed sound system. Talk about useful.

As you plan your South Florida tailgating parties, be sure you’re loading gear into this year’s best tailgate truck, the 2019 Honda Ridgeline. Visit any of our Honda dealerships in South Florida to test drive the Ridgeline or receive a quote on any of our other new Honda models. We have locations throughout the tri-county area.




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