Find a Good Parking Spot

A large Colts inflatable player can be seen as fans tailgate in the parking lots outside of Lucas Oil Stadium prior to the preseason game between the San Francisco 49ers and the Indianapolis Colts in Indianapolis, Ind.

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Finding the ideal spot for your tailgate party might not be the first thing that everyone thinks about, but it can make your party a little more fun if you can pick a prime location. If you can, look for a parking space right next to a grassy area so you'll have more space to spread out. This way you'll have one less car next to you and you might even score a tree to chill out under if it's a hot day. If you can't find a shady spot, bring along an extra tent or canopy to block out the mid-afternoon sun on those really hot days.

Some areas may charge for prime parking locations -- and in some cases, that charge may be a little too much for your party budget. So if you have to make do with whatever spot you can find, be sure to make friends with the other football fans parked around you. Who knows? You might even decide to plan your next tailgate party with them.

On the next page, find out how knowing the rules of your tailgate location can actually help you have a good time.