The NC State Tailgate Championship at Carter-Finley Stadium is a joint effort by NC State Athletics, NC State Campus Enterprises, NC State Campus Life, NC State Alumni Association, Wolfpack Sports Properties, and The Licensing Resource Group. Our mission is to promote fan support of Wolfpack football and to improve game day enjoyment for all.
For the 4th annual Tailgate Championship, weekly game-day winners were determined by the official judges and awarded a gameday flag and prize pack “on the spot” prior to each home game. At the end of the season, the 2015 Season Champion as well as a “best of category” winner will be selected by a vote. The judges will be looking for exceptional displays in the following categories:
APPAREL CATEGORY Max: 30pts
Points awarded for how well your wardrobe represents at the tailgate and in the stadium. Perfect score if all are wearing official NC State logo wear and accessories – or at least red! We hope this will discourage off-color shirts in the stadium. Lets see all RED shirts/jackets!
SETUP CATEGORY Max: 30pts
How well does your tailgate look at a distance? Are you showing up early, staying all day and showing pride? Perfect score if everything looks spirited, and you have an awesome, picture-perfect display. Points lost for generic or off-color tablecloths, lawn chairs, pop-up tents, etc. Judges hate blue coolers so you should cover or hide them or better yet, just buy red ones!
VEHICLE CATEGORY Max: 20pts
Show your Wolfpack pride from your driveway to Carter-Finley and back! We love to see lots of NC State “Bling” (aka: car flags, magnets, decals, accessories & license plates) and even red vehicles! You don’t need a red bus or a repurposed ambulance, just represent the Pack with pride!
FOOD CATEGORY Max: 10pts
Judged on theme, creativity, display, and overall spread. Have you included any red & white? Are your cupcakes decorated with wolf ears? Does your meat need to cook low and slow? Perfect score for those who spend lots of time in preparation and planning, creative presentation and are cookbook worthy.
ATMOSPHERE CATEGORY Max: 10pts
Is everyone having fun and enjoying the day? (It’s amazing how the judges can tell!) Did you come early and stay late?
BONUS POINTS Extra: 5pts
Efforts in recycling, trash management, friendly hospitality, non-alcoholic beverage availability, etc.
The 2015 NC State Tailgate Champion will receive prizes (to be determined) including a 2015 Tailgate Championship flag. In addition, each of the six Game Day Winners will also receive prizes (to be determined) including a weekly winner flag.
ADDITIONAL DETAILS ABOUT THE COMPETITION:
- Judging starts 3½ hours before game and ends 1 hour before game start
- Dozens of photographs will be uploaded to Facebook for fans to tag and the Game Day Winner photo will be posted on the scoreboard during the game
- NC State University reserves the right to modify the above policy at any time and without prior notice