When Patriots fans tailgate at Gillette Stadium, it’s a party, right? Wrong. Well, at least according to this new study.
Not the news we’re looking to hear ahead of the Patriots home opener at Gillette on Sunday, September 10 against the Philadelphia Eagles. That’s the game where the team will honor legendary quarterback Tom Brady. If you need any of the details on that, we have it all laid out for you right here with our Patriots At Gillette Stadium: Everything You Need To Know guide.
So at least there will be a party on the field. Because according to a recent study, the pre-game party scene at Gillette is at the bottom of the NFL pig pile. Which, again, is unfortunate timing. Because let’s face it: the New England Patriots are likely to be at the bottom of the NFL pig pile standings-wise come the end of the season. Our sports-talking afternoon host has them winning 7 games. If they’re lucky.
Step Up Your Tailgate Game, Patriots Fans: It’s Weak
Well, if the team is going to stink, let’s do what we can to make it so the tailgating doesn’t. Crestline recently released this: The Fanbases with the Best Tailgaters. They crunched the numbers, and here’s some of the stats they came up with:
- New England Patriots fans rank near the top for least hardcore tailgaters in NFL.
- The ideal Patriot fan’s tailgate lasts 1-2 hours and has 5-8 people. There are 3-4 drink options and 3-4 options for food.
- 53% of Patriot fans would cancel a tailgate if it’s raining.
- 67% have never continued tailgating after the game.
You can dig into the full study here to see the data points they used to give each team a “Tailgating Score.” Keep scrolling to see the Top 5 and to find out where the Patriots landed on the list.