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10 Tips For The Perfect Tailgate At CSUN

10 Tips For The Perfect Tailgate At CSUN

What is better than hanging out with your friends on a nice lawn underneath the shady Oviatt trees? Not much. Celebrate the Matador way and join in on the FUN! Here are 10 things you MUST have in order to have a killer tailgate at CSUN!

1. Summertime toys like water balloons are a bonus when tailgating!

2. Lather up!

Sunscreen is a must. Whether you like it or not, we all need that “mom” friend that reminds us to put on sunscreen.



3. Bring plenty of food!

So, what should you bring to a fun get together with your friends? Hmmm… Luckily, there are honestly so many options! You simply can’t go wrong! Here are a few must-haves:

  • Watermelon is always delicious!

  • Salty Snacks = YUM. Chips, pretzels, nuts are always a good idea!

  • Grab some pre-made meals (Trader Joe’s near campus has some great budget-friendly options).

4. Where to sit?

Even if the back of your car is full, always remember to pack some extra chairs. Then, you will be able to sit back and relax with your friends.


5. Let’s talk DRINKS.

This can be a tough one, because NO ALCOHOL on campus… BUT, if you are of legal drinking age, there is always CSUN’s Campus PUB at the University Student Union Center. Otherwise, here are some fabulous ideas:

  • Make pitchers of fresh squeezed lemonade with your friends!
  • Make some (virgin) piña coladas or daiquiris.
  • Smoothies are always great, healthy options, too!

6. First-aid kits may sound like a debby downer, but it is always important to stay safe.

When everyone is getting rowdy, you will thank me later!



7. Music is what keeps the party going, whether it is a 2 hour tailgate or an all-day fun fest!

Apple radio, Pandora, and Spotify are the BEST options. 

8. Plan to play…games, that is!

From water to board games, the possibilities are endless. Slip ‘N Slide and Cards Against Humanity are ALWAYS a good time!

9. Pet friendly?

Bring your canine to bond with the other dogs. Or, simply enjoy your friend’s pets!


10. A BBQ!

How else are you going to pull off the perfect summer tailgate without an awesome grill? Comfort food, here I come!

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Extra tips?

The lot next to the Student Recreation Center, G3, is one of the best places to have your tailgate! On the outskirts of the busy campus, there is a lot more room for everyone to park. Another great lot would have to be B6! There are tons of trees for shade, and it has a side-street where you can park even more cars!

Also, if you and your friends want to go to a bar or hangout place afterwards, there is the on-campus Pub Grill in the University Student Union. You can grab a beer, soda, or even some great food! Sounds like an ideal tailgate at CSUN to me!



Make the most of your tailgating experience!

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