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Tailgating at the stadium sounds like a great idea until you pile everything into your car and run out of game day essentials before the game even starts. In the past few years homegating has become a popular alternative to tailgating, and for good reason: it is less expensive, more comfortable, and allows you to bask in the full glory of your kitchen. After all, is it even a football game without fresh guacamole, salsa, and queso? We know some diehards simply must be in the room where it happens so consider the following when pitting homegating vs. tailgating:

Save Money

The cheapest NFL tickets run about $100 per person, and for popular teams, the average price is double that. By homegating you will save at least $500 when you factor in your entire family. That leaves a sizable budget to buy or cook round after round of appetizers, snacks, and treats while still coming out on top financially.

Eliminate Stress

Tailgating requires hours of planning, packing, and stress. Keep all of your gear at home to cut out hours of transport and set-up time so you can begin grilling and baking hours before kickoff without a care. You also eliminate the possibility of foul weather throwing a wrench into your plans and making the day a miserable waste of money.

Accommodate More People

One of the most enjoyable aspects of a game is discussing the action and sharing in the joys (and sometimes heartbreak) of your favorite team with family and friends. When tailgating you most likely will not be sitting in a large group once you enter the stadium, and even if you manage to get seats near each other you can only talk to one or two people at a time. Hosting a homegating party allows you to connect with everyone throughout the game, and you can fit as many people as your living room holds.

Stay Comfortable

Homegating is simply better than tailgating because you can snuggle up and relax in the comfort of your home. Save tailgating for college homecoming and start a new tradition of hosting your neighborhood homegating party to cheer your team on to victory while scarfing down homemade goodies.