Owning a motor home doesn’t have to be all about travelling the country and staying at campgrounds. If you’re a sports fan, a motor home can also serve as a headquarters for some fun before-game festivities. Bringing a motor home to the stadium isn’t all that rare of an occurrence, but some sports are more welcoming for your coach than others. If you’ve got an itch to do something a little different with your motor home, consider hitting up one of these sports events.
College Football Games
Ah, the college football game: the natural habitat for tailgating. Whether you’re supporting your alma mater or you’re simply going to root for your area college’s football team, finding tailgating opportunities should be pretty easy. They’re fairly common amongst colleges, even the lesser-known ones. And don’t expect the parking lots to be full of students, either – many pre-game tailgating events attract people of all ages.
Although college games are some of the most common sites for tailgating, you’ll want to check ahead of time to make sure that the stadium does in fact accommodate tailgating and whether you’ll be allowed to bring your motor home. If you want to go local, it’s a good idea to go there ahead of time and scope out the lay of the land yourself to see if there’s a good tailgating culture and how accepting it is of motor homes.
Baseball: America’s Favorite Pastime
While football might be America’s most watched (and most tailgated) sport, baseball still holds a special place in many sports fans’ hearts. You might have a harder time finding tailgating events for baseball games than football matches, but they’re out there if you’re willing to do a little looking.
Similar to the college stadiums, you’ll want to make sure that you can bring your motor home to the baseball fields, as not all stadiums are made for tailgating. Wrigley Field in Chicago, for example, doesn’t have a centralized parking lot near the stadium; instead, fans park far away and take public transportation to get to the field, celebrating in nearby bars instead of in a tailgating atmosphere. As always, be prepared!
The Indy 500 doesn’t just allow tailgating–specifically with motor homes–it encourages it. The Indianapolis Motor Speedway has multiple lots for motor home parking and allows for overnight camping, so you can assure you’ll be there in time for the race. You can find more information about camping on the Indy 500 website.
As the Indy 500 is the biggest American racing event of the year, tickets might be a little out of your comfort price range. It’s worth keeping in mind that racing stadiums around the country similarly allow motor home parking and tailgating. While you won’t get to see the pros in person, they’ll still be going so fast that you won’t be able to tell the difference.
We don’t usually think of sports game as a motor home destination, but tailgating with your coach can be a great way to have some fun and meet other fans before the game. It’s certainly a step up from watching the game on TV at home!