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It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Sure, everyone has a thing for summer, and basketball season will keep us feeling high through the holidays and winter, but football season—football season!—is a special time to live in NC. Both the Tar Heels and the Blue Devils are off to strong starts (3-1 and 2-1, respectively), so here are the four things we’re most looking forward to from the rest of the schedule (besides more wins, of course).


What makes a North Carolina tailgate different than anywhere else? Think high levels of fun injected with a major dose of southern hospitality. There is always enough food and drink to go around, and everyone is welcome, anywhere. Even if you’re wearing the wrong jersey, you’ll still be invited in (as long as you can handle a few friendly jabs). Plus, the weather is just near perfect this time of year. We swear spending a Saturday afternoon in the autumn Carolina sunshine is the best way to enjoy the weekend.


...and Kan Jam, and ladder golf, and beer pong, and...really, if we can turn into a friendly competition, we’re here for it. Grab some of your closest friends or the nearest fellow fan and hit the boards. New to lawn games? We’ve got our own sets of cornhole, Kan Jam and Twister in the Clubhouse. Take them out for a couple practice rounds on the lawn before the weekend hits!


If it’s football season, it’s BO’ TIME. In fact, we’re thinking of rewriting the BYOB rules to “bring your own Bojangles” because, as nice as Southerners are (see #1), this is a meal we ain’t sharing. If you’re new to the area, here’s what the fuss is about. Bojangles is a beloved NC-based food chain famous for its fried chicken and biscuits. It earned its cult status thanks to a menu stacked with straightforward choices that never skimp on flavor. We know there are lots of great BBQ tailgates out there, but  a setup serving Bojangles will always steal our heart.


Even if you’re not a UNC fan, Tar Heel Town is still worth a Saturday visit. Two hours before every home kickoff, Carolina Blue takes over Polk Place with live music, delicious BBQ, great giveaways and kids’ activities to keep even the smallest fans smiling. Special guests often drop by, as does the UNC Marching band. Swing by on your way into the stadium to get properly pumped up for the game.

That about rounds out our top things to look forward to this football season! If you’re looking for more tailgating tips, just ask someone on the Blu team—we’re all seasoned pros when it comes to game-ready, game-heavy setups. See you at the stadiums!