February 10, 2023
It all started on January 15, 1967, when the Kansas City Chiefs from the American Football League played the Green Bay Packers from the National Football League. Up until this point, the two leagues were separated and considered rivals. They competed for fans and players and didn’t care for each other much. In 1966, the decision was made to merge by 1970, and in 1967 the first Super Bowl was played. It wasn’t until after the game that Chiefs owner, Lamar Hunt, came up with the term “Super Bowl.”
With the invention of the wooden-sided station wagon in 1930 came along a rear folding tail gate. Fans drove the station wagon to college football games, using the tailgate as a picnic table of sorts, and tailgating was born. Once portable grills and coolers were invented in the 1950s, tailgating took on a whole new vibe. Cold beer and ribs replaced sandwiches and red wine. Then, in the 1970s, the car culture took hold and stadiums were relocated out of inner cities to the suburbs where there was ample parking and the tailgating experience that we know today was cemented into our culture.
A lot goes into planning for a big game, and it depends on where you are in the country as to what you can expect to be offered in the parking lots. With Kansas City in the Super Bowl, you might expect to eat BBQ and all the fixings. And with Philadelphia, you better be ready to eat a Philly cheesesteak.
This February, our culinary teams will be celebrating Super Bowl LVII with an assortment of tried-and-true Super Bowl tailgating snacks. From chicken wings to burgers, ribs to dips, we’ll showcase all the great items found in stadium parking lots around the country. Check out your local community Facebook page to see how they celebrated!
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