Top Ten Football Game Day Essentials

In order to have the best football game day experience possible, you need to make sure you have all of these top ten essentials. No matter what team you’re cheering for, game day is a time to come together and celebrate.

Football is a way of life in the south. From high school games on Friday nights to cheering on your favorite college or NFL gameday team on Saturdays and Sundays, football season is a time of year that everyone looks forward to.

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Game Day Football Party Essentials

Whether you’re a die-hard fan or just enjoy going to the occasional game, football games are a great way to spend an evening. Here’s what you need to know to make the most of your experience.


football party favorites

Top Ten Essentials for any Gameday Football Fan

You can’t help but be prepared for all the fun with these awesome game day essentials.

  • Comfortable clothes
  • All weather gear
  • Clear tote
  • Spirit gear
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Stadium seating
  • Smart TV
  • Snacks
  • Decorations
  • Games

Gameday Couture

Not sure what to wear on gameday?

Whether you’re going to the game or watching from home, it’s important to show your team spirit! Here are some ideas for what to wear on game day:

If you’re going to the game:

Comfortable Clothes

Wear a jersey or t-shirt of your favorite player or the team itself and pair it with jeans, shorts, or a cute skirt. Stay warm and show your team pride with a gameday sweatshirt like the one below! Pair it with sweatpants or comfy shorts.

gameday sweatshirt

Rain Gear and Warm Gear

Add a jacket or hoodie if it’s chilly outside. If you expect rain or really cold weather, grab this awesome windproof, fleece-lined, hooded stadium blanket!

hooded fleece stadium blanket

If you get really low temps with snow, you may want to keep a few of these hothands hand warmers handy to slip into your pockets–trust me, they’re awesome!

hothands hand warmers

Top your outfit off with a gameday ballcap, hat, or beanie like this one.

game day vibes ballcap

If you’re watching from home:

Grab a super cute gameday shirt and add pajama bottoms or a pair of your favorite comfortable jeans.

game day t-shirt

For added gameday spirit wear some traditional eyeblack or try out these glitter glam eyeblack stickers below.

glitter eyeblack stickers

Game Day Tote

No matter where you’re watching the game, you’ll need a clear tote bag like this one to carry all your essentials.

game day tote

Another cute option for game day is this leopard carry-all tote. Just note that it cannot be taken into stadiums but it’s perfect for your kiddos’ outdoor games!

game day carry all tote bag

Things to Pack in your Tote for Game Day

Here’s what to put in your game day tote so you’re prepared for anything:

1. A small blanket or towel: You’ll want to bring a blanket to sit on whether you’re tailgating or watching the game from the comfort of your own home.

2. Snacks and drinks: No game day is complete without snacks and drinks! Make sure to pack enough for everyone in your group.

3. A way to keep track of the game: Bring a radio or download the game’s app so you don’t miss a play.

4. Comfortable shoes: You’ll be doing a lot of walking if you’re tailgating, so make sure to wear comfortable shoes. Maybe a spare pair of flip-flops.

5. Essentials: Like your keys, cell phone, and of course lipstick or chapstick.

6. Umbrella: In case of rain or just to knock the heat down a notch, an umbrella is always a good idea to keep in your tote.

Stadium Seat Cushion

A stadium seat cushion is a must-have for any football fan. They make sitting for hours much more comfortable and will provide you with the comfort you need to enjoy the game. Portable stadium seat cushions are easy to take with you, whether you’re tailgating or going to a friend’s house to watch the game.

This one has luxury arms, a cup holder, and a zippered pouch for your football program or your cell phone. I would’ve loved to have had this one when my kids were in sports!

stadium seat cushion

No matter where you’re watching from or what you’re wearing, make sure to show your team spirit!

Full HD 1080p LED Smart TV

1. Set up a TV in a central location: The most important thing for any football party is a TV so everyone can watch the game. We recently bought this TV for our back patio to enjoy NFL game day or night!

gameday television

Furniture Slipcovers

2. Protect your furniture: Provide plenty of seating options for your guests so they can relax and enjoy the game; but also, protect it. Slip on one of these fabulous sofa slipcovers to protect your furniture from spills and high traffic on game day.

game day sofa cover

Gameday Snacks

3. Serve food and drinks: No party is complete without food and drinks! Stock up on snacks and beverages that your guests will love. Chocolate Covered Pretzel Rods (Easy Game Day Snacks) are a fun treat to serve!

game day chocolate covered pretzel rods

These are some really fun cups you can use to show off your spirit!

it's game day cups

Gameday Decorations

4. Decorate in team colors: Add some team spirit to your party with decorations in your team’s colors.

You might like this DIY Project using different colors of rice for your favorite team.

patriotic colored rice candle decor PIN

Decorate your lawn with these outdoor lawn football stake signs.

football lawn stake signs

Add a football-themed flag to your flag pole to fly your game day spirit.

game day football flag

Put out a family and football fall doormat to greet your guests on game day.

family fall and football doormat

Halftime Games

5. Plan games and activities: Keep your guests entertained between plays with some fun games and activities.

You can even try making one of these popular Saran Wrap Ball Games using football-themed items and gifts inside!

Saran Wrap Ball Game Pin

With these tips, you’re sure to throw the ultimate football party that everyone will enjoy! Go team!


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