By Loren Gilbert- Social Media Intern, Tailgate Tennessee

Hi Tailgate Tennesseers! It feels so good to get Tailgate of the Game going again. This season’s first TGOTG pulled out all the stops. Seriously- everything from catering and tent design to decorations resulted in the ultimate Tailgate Tennessee experience. We can’t wait to share all the details and photos of 901 Vols’ stunning tailgate.

901 Vols went with the Touchdown Package, which is perfect for a large gathering.

Keep reading to see all the details of this week’s Tailgate of the Game!


They had lots of sweet treats for their guests enjoy. We especially love these Vol Football themed cookies.


Their table arrangement was perfect to show their big orange pride. This layout also helps leave plenty of space for eating and conversation!

Thank you to 901 Vols for working with Tailgate Tennessee to make your game day experience epic! If you want to book a tailgate for an upcoming game, email us at for pricing and availability information.

by Loren Gilbert, Social Media Intern- Tailgate Tennessee

It was the year goal posts came down, the Vols went undefeated, and the 31-year National Championship drought came to an end. With the 20th anniversary of that sweet victory, Tailgate Tennessee wants to celebrate those who were lucky enough to end their tenure at UT with a big win.

If you graduated from UT in the midst of the ’98-’99 season, we want to celebrate you with 20% off a First Down package at the Homecoming game on November 3rd – when the Vols play the Charlotte 49ers. 

The First Down package, ideal for a 20th reunion of friends who all love the Vols, includes a 10×10 tent, tables, chairs, and an ice chest. Catering and several upgrades can be added to customize your turnkey tailgate experience. Your tent will be located along the Vol Walk in Circle Park, the heart of Rocky Top on game day.

If you are interested in tailgating with us for Homecoming, email or call (865) 356-6669.


By Loren Gilbert, Social Media Intern- Tailgate Tennessee

With Tailgate Tennessee 2018 season booking starting soon, we wanted to give an in-depth guide to everything you need to know to pick the package best suited to your gathering. We have three options and an endless number of upgrades awaiting your approval. With just a little time and some insight into our offers, you are sure to have the shining jewel of tailgates in Circle Park on game day. Here we go.
It is important to know a few things before deciding on a specific package! Knowing how many people you want to invite to your tailgate is perhaps the most important step. After that, it is nice to consider if you need a general tent area, seating options, or TV service.

First things first, the Kick-Off package.
Our starting package has just the right amount of room and accommodations for a group of any size. With a 10×20 tent, 20 folding chairs, and more, no one gets left out of game day festivities! Located on our Smokey Lawn, near McClung Museum, this bundle allows for a unique spot that’s all your own. Just keep in mind that satellite TV service provided by DISH is not available through this option, but table, chairs, and cooler upgrades are definitely available. Catering possibilities are endless with this package, and the full menus can be found at here. .

Next, we have our First Down Package.
This package is a great size for a family gathering, bridal parties, and more! A 10×10 tent and 10 folding chairs allows for just the right amount of room for socializing. DISH satellite TV service and numerous upgrades can be added to suit this option to specific needs. Located in Circle Park, this option puts your group right in the heart of the tailgating scene. Catering can be arranged and delivered at a time that works best for your needs.

Finally, the Touchdown Package.
Our most popular and spacious option of all, the Touchdown package is guaranteed to accommodate family, friends, clients, and coworkers alike. With a 20×20 tent and endless upgrade options, there are so many ways to customize this to fit your tailgating purpose. No tickets for the game and want to hang out at your spacious tailgate all day? No problem. This package comes equipped with a TV provided by DISH with all the best game day channels. Again, all packages offer catering options that will satisfy all your guests.

No matter which option you choose, you are sure to have a great time at Tailgate Tennessee on any of the home football game Saturdays. Book any game you would like beginning February 2nd for season long purchases, April 2nd for returning customers, and the Monday following the DISH Orange and White Game, April 23rd, for first time customers.

By Loren Gilbert, Social Media Intern- Tailgate Tennessee

On the day of the UT vs. Vandy game, all of Vol Nation seemed to be back from Thanksgiving with full stomachs and high tailgating expectations, and surprising to no one, Tailgate Tennessee customers did not disappoint. The weather was perfect for a Saturday in Circle Park and the 4:00 kickoff time allowed for plenty of corn hole matches and cookouts. One group brought all the spirit and looked amazing while doing so. Their decorations screamed “Go Vols” and they had a great layout! We enjoyed working with John Jones to create the perfect customized Tailgate Tennessee experience. Thank you for hosting your gathering with us!

Enjoy these pictures of their quintessential, southern tailgate!

Tailgates make the perfect group photo background!

Their layout was great for a large gathering. How perfect is that “field” carpet?

These fabric banners added a pop of orange in all the right places. How amazing is this buffet? Everything about it screams UT!

Thank you for joining in on this week’s edition of Tailgate of the Game! Even though the season is over, we will have lots of blog content coming soon. Don’t forget to follow us on social media to be updated on all the latest happenings at Tailgate Tennessee!



By Loren Gilbert- Social Media Intern, Tailgate Tennessee

            The showdown between the Tennessee Volunteers and the LSU Tigers will not be remembered by the monsoon that poured down during the game, but instead by the out-of-this-world tailgating that took place before either team charged the field. The 7:00 p.m. kick-off time allowed for an abundance of shrimp boils, grilling, and even a little gumbo action by our friends visiting from Louisiana. There were a host of amazing gatherings vying for the Tailgate of the Game award, but the final decision came down to the group that attracted people from all over campus.

Strader Boston Story Tailgating took home the title at the end of the day, and we can easily say it was well deserved. UT and LSU fans alike were gathered all around their tent to listen to the star of the show, the Andrews Brothers’ Dueling Pianos. Besides playing Rocky Top at least a few times every hour, the musicians played several southern classics and even a few modern favorites. By the end of the night, it seemed the entirety of Circle Park had congregated around to sing along. This tailgate truly aligned with the title “most epic tailgate on Earth.”

             Enjoy a small glimpse into this unforgettable party here and follow us on our Instagram, @tailgatetennessee, for behind the scenes videos.  

The Andrews brothers got set up early and played for fans walking by.

A little humor goes a long way on game days. 

The party got started early and continued well into the evening.

We couldn’t pass up having an honorable out of town mention this week. The Traveling Bandits Tailgate brought the entire bayou to Knoxville with a big pot of gumbo and a great atmosphere.

Thanks for tuning in to this week’s edition of Tailgate of the Game. Unfortunately, there is only one more left for this season, but we will be back with much more content soon!

By Loren Gilbert- Social Media Intern, Tailgate Tennessee

“So here’s to you old Tennessee,

Our Alma Mater true

We pledge in love and harmony

Our loyalty to you.”

Those famous words in UT’s official alma mater song, “On a Hallowed Hill,” couldn’t have been truer for this weekend’s homecoming game. Alumni from across the state joined us to celebrate their college, and we enjoyed helping them host an epic tailgate for all their friends.

The group that stood out the most was definitely the UT Women’s Golf 25th reunion. They had a great mix of people gathered to celebrate homecoming, and the atmosphere in their tent was perfect for the gathering of old and new friends. The First Down package with a TV upgrade suited their needs well.

Here are a few snapshots from their tent to get some inspiration for your next Tailgate Tennessee experience.

The balloons added tons of detail and looked cute in the background of every photo.

The First Down package had plenty of space for a large buffet and seating for all their guests.

Thank you for checking out this week’s Tailgate of the Game!

By Loren Gilbert- Social Media Intern, Tailgate Tennessee

The Vols took on the South Carolina Gamecocks on Saturday, and once again we saw how serious Southerners take on tailgating! Brunch spreads looked better than ever for this noon game. There were many groups in the running for Tailgate of the Game this week, but one really stood out from the crowd. The UT Alliance of Women Philanthropists brought a great crowd and many unique touches. There were personalized signs and festive orange displays in all the right places! The package and upgrades they chose really came together cohesively. Thank you to Melissa Smith for organizing your Tailgate Tennessee experience, we really enjoyed working with you!

Here are some pictures from their award-winning tailgate.


The layout of their tent was perfect for socializing and watching the game.

The pole drapes add just the right amount of attention to detail. You won’t have to think twice about adding this upgrade!

These orange and white couches bring tons of character to any tailgate. They also make the perfect background for a group Instagram shot!

The letterboard and other details give tons of originality to the buffet.

Contact us if with any questions about features seen in this Tailgate Tennessee package at or on any of our social media. Go Vols!


By Loren Gilbert- Social Media Intern, Tailgate Tennessee

The atmosphere in circle park was indescribable the morning leading up to this year’s Georgia game. There were so many over-the-top tailgates, including tents with live music, orange and white flower arrangements, and extremely delicious catering. Selecting a Tailgate of the Game has never been more fun or challenging. The final decision came down to atmosphere this week, and our winner definitely brought the party. Our champions were Spike and Lisa Tickle. The perfect combination of enthusiasm, decorations, and catering made their tent the place to be. They had dozens of guests, UT and UGA fans alike, enjoying themselves at the bar, food table, and a comfy, white couch. Thank you for booking your Tailgate Tennessee experience.

Here are a few highlights from their tent.

We love how they utilized their tables and linens to lay out this serious food spread.

This white, leather couch upgrade is one of our favorites. It adds seating in the perfect spot to enjoy the game coverage all day long.

We love the “grass” covering the table. The orange and white shaker also adds a festive touch.

Our favorite aspect of this tailgate had to be these plates. They were made using fallen palm tree leaves and a power T branding tool.

Choosing a tailgate this week was such a challenge. We love that everyone went all out, and we can’t wait for the rest of the games this season. Go Vols!

By Loren Gilbert, Social Media Intern- Tailgate Tennessee 

Do you have a delicious dish you have been dying to make for your friends and family? Do you love cheering on the Vols every Saturday? Submit your favorite recipe to be entered for a chance to win a Kick-Off package worth $750 from Tailgate Tennessee!

All recipe entries must be posted on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter with our social media account tagged and the hashtag #TailgateTennesseeRecipe by midnight on Sunday, October 8, 2017. The details for the recipe need to be included in the post. The winner will be notified on Monday. The best dish will be chosen by

  • How original is the recipe?
  • How well would it work for a tailgate?
  • Does it include any UT theme?
  • Bonus Points for including a picture of the finished product!

The winner will receive a Tailgate Tennessee Kick-Off Package for the UT vs. South Carolina game on October 14, 2017. The Kick-Off package includes a 10 x 20 tent, two 8-foot tables, 20 white folding chairs, and several other features. We can’t wait to see what everyone comes up with!

By Loren Gilbert, Social Media Intern- Tailgate Tennessee

 Tailgaters showed up to win once again during the Vols’ second home game of the season. With a noon kickoff time, many tailgaters opted for breakfast spreads, and the weather was perfect for several competitive games of corn hole. We had many amazing tailgates, but one stood out from the crowd. Pattinson Sign Group brought amazing atmosphere and festive decorations to their Tailgate Tennessee experience. We are now firm believers that every noon kickoff game should come equipped with a Bloody Mary bar and the wide array of treats brought by this week’s winner. It is impossible to have a bad time when surrounded by such amazing food and people. Thanks to Wendy Webb for coordinating a fantastic Tailgate Tennessee experience, and as always, go Vols!

They were serious about their brunch food and made the most of the early kickoff time.

The shining jewel of this Tailgate Tennessee spread was definitely the Bloody Mary bar. We love all the extra toppings and serious attention to detail.

Flowers will always be our favorite, especially when they are orange and white! The mason jars with ribbon and twine added a nice southern touch. We love that they took advantage of their DISH network service all day by watching live coverage of the game.

Every Tailgate of the Game receives a prize pack and a feature blog post. Make sure to follow us on all of our social media profiles to get inspiration for your upcoming Tailgate Tennessee experience!!