Don't be a dull tailgater.
Ditch the burgers, hot dogs and brats. Why not go with something different, something you wouldn't want doused with ketchup or barbecue sauce?
Try holubky (stuffed cabbage) or pirogies.
Or try seafood. Many Marylanders take advantage of the region's access to high-quality seafood and lean toward boiled lobster with shrimp kebabs and crab cakes, said David Sanford, of the culinary arts program at Allegany College of Maryland in Cumberland, Md. Also, high-tech equipment allows tailgaters to put a new spin on ordinary parking-lot-party fare.
"People identify tailgating with hamburgers, dogs and bratwurst - those kinds of things and ribs, by all means - but I think the upscale tailgater is featuring seafood," Sanford said.