No tailgating at Super Bowl? World to end soon!

Hi Brit,

Here is some American stuff that might interest you, Tailgating Banned at Dolphin Stadium for Super Bowl Sunday.  Now, to non-football fans this probably requires a lot of explaining.

Super Bowl:  football, the kind with the non-round ball, is big time sports in the US.  There are two different sets of teams, the NFC (National Football Conference) and the AFC (American Football Conference) that, together, comprise the NFL (National Football League.)  The NFC and AFC teams compete to be champions in their own conference.  Then, in a huge hyper-hyped spectacle the two winning teams meet to decide who gets the League title for the year.  This event is the biggest thing in US sports.  The winning team players get gem encrusted specially designed rings, billions of dollars exchange hands from wagers, parties are held in homes across the nation, millions of dollars are spent on the half time show, there are several hours of pre-game shows and more hours of post-game shows, and, best of all, various companies use it as a platform to roll out great new commercials.  If you happen to be in Miami and want to catch the game, bring a big wad of cash and a lucky charm.  Tickets at mid-field are going for a bit over $3,000.

Tailgating:  one of the great traditions of football is tailgating.  Originally, this was the practice, for those driving trucks, to use the lowered tailgate as a table for pre-game party food in the parking lot.  It has evolved far beyond its humble roots.  These days, some people don’t even enter the stadium, but continue elaborate tailgate parties while watching the game on large screen TVs.  They can run the big sets because they’ve rebuilt large motor homes into rolling party mobiles, complete with exterior beer taps, extra electricity generating capacity, and full swing out kitchens.  With these as centers of activity, hundreds of others set up less dramatic portable gear and the entire assembly can distribute enough food and drink to feed a small country. 

Vendors:  the food and drink distribution inside the stadium is a very lucrative business.  Bring your own food and drink is prohibited, so ticket holders are gouged as hard a possible, with the total take from concessions usually being more than is made from ticket sales.

Thus, it would seem, that this year, greed is going to win out over fun.

the Grit

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