Contrary to popular belief, sports aren’t just for men and boys. Game Day is a fun and exciting way for us females to bond with our male counterparts whether it be our spouse, son, brother, dad or boyfriend. For those who have been intimidated to join the boys in their crazy sporting shenanigans, I’ve put together A Girl’s Guide to Surviving Game Day that’s filled with tips and tricks to reduce your Game Day overwhelm.
Preseason football started last week and I couldn’t be happier! I seriously love football. Come football season, I’m pretty much one of the guys. You’ll find me in the stands or in front of the television yelling, screaming, and cursing with the best of them. You’d probably never think that by seeing me, but I must admit, I have this insane alter ego that only comes out when watching football.
As much as I 💜football, I know there are many ladies out there that just plain hate it. You’d rather go shopping, go out to lunch with your girlfriends, or even do 10 loads of laundry before bringing yourself to watch the sport.
Here’s the thing though. I can pretty much guarantee that at some point in your life you’ll be invited to a football game and/or tailgate. I know you’ll try every excuse you can think of, but there will be that one time you just can’t get out of it.
And that’s where I come in. This post is for that ONE time when you’re freaking out and paralyzed in fear that you can’t get out of Game Day.
I promise that you can count on me to help you through this. I am a Miami Dolphins season ticket holder and a professional tailgater, ladies. I pretty much have all the expertise you could ever want in this area. I know my stuff!
A Girl’s Guide to Surviving Game Day
What to Wear on Game Day
If I had to pick one word to describe how you should dress for Game Day that word would be, comfort!
Before your inner fashionista starts going crazy on me, know that you can still look cute and be comfortable! Really, I promise you can. I do it all the time…hahaha!
When deciding on an outfit to wear to the game, ask yourself these questions:
Are my shoes comfortable enough to walk in for a long time and long distances?
In my opinion, high heels should never be worn at a football game. This statement is coming from the girl who wears wedges or heels often. Every other day of the week, I’m pretty much a complete girly girl.
There is too much walking and standing involved at a football game for you to wear anything but comfy sandals, sneakers or boots.
Please take my word on this!
You have the walk from the parking lot to the stadium for starters. Once you are finally in the stadium, you have to walk to your seat which will definitely include steps at one point or another. Plus, you might actually want to get up and cheer for your team during the game if you’re anything like me.
Do your feet a favor and wear comfy shoes!
Am I dressed for the weather?
Dressing for the weather will vary by state and time of year.
Being Miami Dolphins season ticket holders, we mainly deal with intense heat and a ton of rain. I would never in a million years think of wearing a pair of jeans for a September game that starts at 1 pm. I’m not exaggerating when I say I would probably end up with heat stroke.
On the other hand, if I were traveling to Baltimore to see my Dolphins play the Ravens during the month of December, jeans and a ton of extra layers would be necessary to keep myself warm.
See the point I’m trying to make here?
My advice is to check the weather before getting dressed for Game Day. Who wants to be miserable for the day?!?! Definitely not this girl.
Am I showing team spirit?
Show some love to your team with what you wear! Please know that you don’t have to buy an expensive jersey to show team spirit. Wearing your team’s colors will do the job just fine.
Be creative here but remember what I mentioned above in terms of dressing comfortably and for the weather.
My normal attire for a game is a pair of shorts (normally white), Dolphins shirt (there are so many cute options online these days), and either flip-flops or sneakers. I also sport a hat, earrings, and a necklace equipped with my team logo or colors. I’m the definition of a Super Fan!
The Bag Situation
There are some really strict rules about what kind of bags you can and can’t bring into sporting events these days.
As of July 18, 2018, here are the only bags allowed into an NFL stadium. More details, here.
These bags are not approved.
College football has a similar bag policy that you can see, here.
I have personally seen people turned away for not meeting the bag policy requirements so please take this seriously.
This is the bag option I go with. Not only does it show team spirit, but it allows me to hold the most “stuff”. My husband, Patrick, got it for me on Amazon.
What will you find in my bag?
- Game tickets
- Hair ties
- Ponchos/rain jacket (No umbrellas allowed)
- Cowbell/flag/clapper (For cheering!)
- Towel (Good for drying wet stadium seats or a sweaty face!)
- Scarf/Extra layers (for cold games)
And finally, I have one honorable mention for those of you ladies who will be tailgating before the game.
The bathroom situation isn’t pretty! Your only option will be to use a Port-A-Potty.
Earlier in the day, the Port-A-Potty isn’t too gross. As the day progresses, however, it’s downright disgusting.
As much as I try to hold it, nature does call at times and there’s no way around it. I highly recommend you bring a small package of Wet Ones, travel-sized tissues and hand sanitizer for those “can’t hold it anymore” moments. You’ll thank me for this tip later!
And there you have, A Girl’s Guide to Surviving Game Day. I know I can’t change your overall view of football, but I hope I gave you some tips and tricks to make your game day experience a little more tolerable. Who knows, you might even be surprised and end up liking the game a little more than you thought. Good luck and let me know how your experience goes in the comments below.
Really want to tackle this whole football lifestyle?! Come read all my tips about packing for a successful tailgate, here.
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