If you’re going to a Notre Dame football game, then you better be tailgating immediately before the game. The parking lots closest to the stadium are the Joyce Lots, and that is where Irish fans congregate to gulp down light beers, devour elaborate spreads of every tailgate food imaginable, and engage in friendly beer pong, cornhole, and other fun competitions.
Once you’ve covered all the other items in this list that you can before a game, head to the parking lots and just walk around amongst the Irish faithful. Odds are, someone with way too much food and beer will invite you under their tent or to their table and offer you things to eat and drink as you chit chat about which players should be benched, which coordinators should be fired, and whether or not we should actually stop saying “Terry Jillery” when that name is clearly the best thing ever.
Strategically choosing the right group of porta-potties to get in line for and getting good at emphatically swatting little kids’ passes as they attempt to play catch with a foam football in a crowded parking lot are just a couple of the various skills that you will not have mastered the first time you tailgate in the Joyce Lot, but you’ll eventually work your way up to the point where you are confidently tailgating like a champion and having an incredible time before going into Notre Dame games.