Tailgating is nearly as important to some fans as attending the game itself, which means you'll need to take extra steps to make sure your parking lot is ready for throngs of fans cooking and celebrating before the game. Here are some ways you can prepare your parking lot for big sporting events to help ensure each fan enjoys the experience.
Rent Portable Toilets
Fans will need access to toilet facilities before entering the arena, and setting up portable toilets is a great way to meet this need. Plan out space in the parking lot that can be used for this purpose, such as medians in between rows of parking spaces. Work with your portable toilet rental company to determine how many units you will need based on ticket sales. If you have extra space toward the front of your parking lot, you can use it for portable restroom trailers, which provide some extra comforts, such as running water and flushing toilets.
Invest In Extra Garbage Cans
With food preparation comes food waste and garbage. You don't want paper plates and cups to litter your lot, so be sure there are plenty of trash cans available throughout the parking lot. You can place them near your portable toilets as well as at the end of each row of parking to make them easily accessible for all your tailgating fans. Be sure to have your grounds crew make extra stops throughout the day to empty the cans so they don't overflow with trash.
Create Charcoal Disposal Stations
IF you expect fans to use charcoal grills while tailgating, you'll want to provide a safe way for the charcoal and ash to be disposed of. Purchase non-combustible metal drums for this purpose. Set them up in areas that are away from vehicles and people, and use wire to attach rolls of aluminum foil. The foil can be used to wrap the charcoal before it is placed in the metal drums. Be sure to post signs throughout the parking lot indicating where the charcoal disposal stations are, and place fire extinguishers next to them in case a fan decides to throw away hot coals. You may want to partner with your local fire department to ensure your disposal stations are safe and fire-resistant for the event.
While it will take some planning to make sure your lot is ready for tailgating, your fans will likely be happy that you took these extra steps to make them feel welcome at your sporting event. For more information, contact a business such as RCS Inc.