As is the case each NFL season, the 2018 Cardinals have given us eight opportunities to tailgate in Phoenix, starting with their first home game on September 9. But what if you require more to satiate your tailgating hunger this year? Don’t worry—the Phoenix Valley area has more than enough Arizona college games to quench that thirst all the way till December.

Here are some of the best 2018 college football games to tailgate at in Arizona:

  • Arizona Wildcats Arizona State Sun Devils (11/24) – As the only two Division I football teams in Arizona, PAC-12’s Wildcats and Sun Devils will face off to end the season, and the winner will be one step closer to lifting the Territorial Cup Series Trophy. Tailgating at Tucson’s Arizona Stadium should be one for the record books in 2018, so don’t miss out.
  • EAC Gila Monsters Snow College Badgers (11/10) – Last year, the Badgers got the best of EAC. This year, the tides are set to turn as the Gila Monsters finish the season with a “W” at home.
  • Northern Arizona Lumberjacks Cal Poly Mustangs (10/27) – Flagstaff’s Lumberjacks take on the Mustangs at home to begin Homecoming weekend. The student section will be raucous, as should the tailgate area, so prepare your best “anti-Mustang” posters, one-liners, and zingers.
  • ACU Firestorm SAGU Lions (11/3) – Senior Day for ACU students means watching the 2016 CSFL Champion Firestorm dismantle the Lions. For the #22-ranked NAIA squad, that just par for the course.
  • AWC Matadors Pima Aztecs (11/10) – The 2018 conference championship may come down to this battle between the Matadors of Yuma and Aztecs of Tucson. Community colleges rarely offer this much excitement.
  • MCC Thunderbirds GCC Vaqueros (10/27) – Mesa Community College starts their Homecoming weekend with a conference showdown against the Vaqueros of Glendale.
  • Phoenix College Bears SCC Artichokes (10/27) – Bears eat artichokes, right? Find out as Phoenix College linebackers tackle the Scottsdale ‘Chokes, one by one.

Arizona Community College Tailgating Tips

Tailgating at 2- and 4-year community colleges isn’t 100% the same as tailgating at a Cardinals or Division I football game. If you’re hosting a tailgate party this year at an Arizona campus, take these tips to heart as you begin prepping your to-do checklist.

  • Because you have fewer crowds to push through, you don’t need to get to the stadium too early. Give yourself 2 hours for set-up and another 2 hours for partying.
  • Put a pin on your tailgate spot and send your location via text or email to all your guests.
  • Keep a spare cooler of ice on hand.
  • Make a couple of crockpot meals in advance.
  • Set up a gameday station in the back of your Ridgeline, complete with TV and digital antenna, to watch all of Saturday’s football games.
  • Bring a long surge protector with an adequate joule rating above 1200. Plug it into the in-bed outlet of your Ridgeline to power up your TV and cooking gear.
  • Steer clear of the Arizona sun by bringing tailgate-ready canopy chairs.
  • Drink lots of water to stay hydrated.
  • Learn your college campus rules and tailgate locations before you start your car.
  • Don’t forget sunscreen!

2019 Honda Ridgeline

To ensure your Arizona tailgate party goes off without a hitch, it’s also important to have the right vehicle at your disposal. Biased as we may be, we can’t help but recommend the 2019 Honda Ridgeline. It’s essentially a truck that was built to be your tailgating companion. With the Ridgeline, you’ve got an in-bed sound system, a built-in cooler with drainage plug, and even a 150W outlet to easily hook up a big-screen TV. You won’t find a better truck to take with you to the game.

Before marking your calendar, come and check out the new Ridgeline truck at our Valley Honda Dealers in Arizona. We have various Honda dealerships throughout the Phoenix Valley area offering excellent Honda deals on the Ridgeline, Pilot, and many other new models. Have fun this football season!




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