Saturday, April 17, 2021

The Southlake Tailgate Will Go On!

Cabin fever has officially struck the Metroplex!  With winter weather forcing many school districts and businesses to close this week, North Texans, and those visiting for the Super Bowl, are tired of being cooped up indoors.

If you are suffering from a case of cabin fever, the City of Southlake has the perfect solution for you.  Temperatures will be rising this weekend and the Southlake Tailgate is the perfect place for you to come out of hibernating and enjoy the great outdoors again.

“I know there is a lot of concern about how the weather has affected Super Bowl events and activities throughout the Metroplex,” comments Chris Tribble, Director of Community Services.  “We are expecting much better weather on Saturday and are moving forward as planned for the Southlake Tailgate.  All of the great activities you have heard about will be there plus more.”

On Saturday, February 5th Frank Cornish Park in beautiful Southlake Town Square will be transformed into a lively biergarten environment with live music, great food, football-themed activities and contests.

Fans coming to the Tailgate Zone can start claiming their spots in the lot at noon on Saturday.  Spots are available on a first come, first serve basis and are limited to one spot per vehicle.  There is limited RV and oversized vehicle parking, so if you are a true tailgater you will want to claim you place in the lot early!  Football fans are known for their outrageous tailgate set-ups, so we want to see everything you got because the best tailgater will be named MVP of the Tailgate Zone.

Tailgate Zone entertainment officially kicks-off at 2:00 p.m.  Test your skills at our Quarterback Challenge or battle your friends at one of our many tailgating games.  The highest scoring male and female from the QB Challenge will each win a prize.  Verizon Fios, official sponsor of the Tailgate Zone, will be on-site, so stop by their tailgate spot for a chance to win some fun prizes.

The American Idol bus will also be making a stop at the Southlake Tailgate as it makes its way across the nation on the IDOL ACROSS AMERICA tour.  Take photos with life-size cut outs of Idol judges Jennifer Lopez, Steven Tyler and Randy Jackson and record your own take on the “This is American Idol” introduction made famous by Ryan Seacrest.  Who knows, your recording could be selected by the judges and you might win a chance to travel to Hollywood and say the famous introduction live on the American Idol stage.

Not sure of your tailgating skills?  Then show up at 5:00 p.m. when the live music and entertainment begins inside Frank Cornish Park.  SportsRadio 1310 The Ticket will be live at the Southlake Tailgate.  Norm Hitzges, Dan McDowell and Mike Rhyner will be our esteemed hosts for the evening.  Test your sports knowledge in a Big Game Trivia challenge with Norm, listen to live sports roundtable discussions and watch Dan as he mingles with fans and injects some “sports fun” into the party.

The Southlake Tailgate will also feature several of the area’s best bands.  Spellbound, with their crazy southern/classic variety rock style, will get the party started at 5:00 p.m.  TruBone, a high energy dance band, will follow with their unique blend of R&B, Rock, Funk, Blues, 70’s Disco and Motown.  The headliner for the evening will be the outstanding Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers tribute band, Petty Theft.  The Dallas based band is a popular fixture in the Metroplex music scene and is sure to keep the party going with their smooth Rock n Roll style.

If there is one thing a tailgate party has to offer, its great food.  A variety of tasty options will be at your fingertips from some of the finest restaurants in Southlake Town Square.  Snuffer’s, Taco Diner, Brio, Campania’s, Copeland’s and the Cheesecake Factory are all throwing up tents and preparing some delicious snacks and swigs for you to enjoy throughout the evening.  The Feed Store will also be serving up some mouth-watering barbeque sure to keep you coming back for more.

Worried about the temperatures as the sun goes down?  Don’t be!  There are plenty of heated tents set-up around the event area to keep you warm and partying well into the night.

Area residents as well as out-of-towners will not want to miss out on this exciting, celebration.  Entrance into the event is free, so join us in Southlake as we kickoff the football weekend Texas style at the 2011 Southlake Tailgate.

Go to www.SouthlakeTailgate.comfor all the details on this celebration.