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The start of the NCAA season is just around the corner and the Big 10 season begins this Thursday. Football fans across the nation grow to cheer for their Alma Mater. While you’re going through your preseason rituals, take a moment to think about how you’ll celebrate the occasion of your first big game. Will you be kicking off the new season with a ballpark tailgate or an epic watch party at home?
The Big 10 schedule is set and Penn State will make its season debut against the Boilermakers at 8 p.m. EST this Thursday. The games continue throughout the weekend with Illinois and Indiana meeting on Friday night, followed by Notre Dame and Ohio State closing things out on Saturday night. Even if your team isn’t playing this weekend, we want to hear how you plan to celebrate. Whether you plan to keep it small and stay cozy at home under your favorite blanket, throw a big watch party with plenty of good food, or catch the game, we want to share some ideas to make the start of the season special.
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There’s no wrong way to celebrate a new football season. If you and the people around you are having a good time and enjoying the game, then you did it right. One of the best ways to immerse yourself in the sport and burn off the calories you consumed watching the first half is to play a friendly game of football during half time or before the game. Two on two makes for just as much fun as a game between two full teams, and a quick turn by throwing on the old pigskin will build camaraderie and remind everyone why they love football.
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While a competitive football game with family and friends is optional at any watch party, food is not. What’s the best slow cooker recipe to whip up before the big game? Some tasty dips and a bowl of hot chili will keep everyone satisfied even when the team throws them a pick!
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In addition to the game itself, food is the centerpiece of any watch party, and a festive set of tableware and decorations makes guests feel like they’re in the stadium. Every football fan has amazing memories of cheering on their team in a room full of friends, football jerseys, delicious food and colorful decorations. We want to hear your favorite memory of cheering for a game-changing game as well as some predictions for big players this season.
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Games on TV make for great watch parties at home, but some people prefer to celebrate on the field. Is there any form of football celebration more iconic than the tailgate? There is something magical about setting up a tent behind the car, firing up the grill and enjoying the fresh air before a game. With a parking lot full of soccer fans, you’re sure to get excited, make friends, and come across great new ideas for future game day celebrations.
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After your tailgate, the party doesn’t have to stop. Bring all the energy and good vibes with you to the field and enjoy one of America’s favorite pastimes with thousands of other football fans. Just be sure to prepare for the weather and bring sunscreen for the hot summer days and a warm blanket for later games in the dead of winter.
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We can’t wait for this Big 10 Season to begin, and the festivities surrounding the games are almost as exciting as the games themselves. Have a great game day and see you in the stands!
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