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I wondered to myself today, “what does the tailgating atmosphere/concept look like to people from other countries/cultures?” I thought that it must seem silly to some (it still does to me) that people park their cars in parking lots, bring power generators, haul tv’s and satellite dishes, and then just sit and watch the game less than half a mile from where it’s taking place.

Why go through all that trouble when you could have the same event take place at home? I’m sure the atmosphere of the busy streets and the sea of team colors crowded around must add to the experience, but how do people outside the U.S. perceive it?

Do similar activities take place elsewhere? I can’t imagine a giant cricket tailgate. Well, I can but my imagination is not making it look very exciting. (Not that there’s anything wrong with cricket!)