Monday, October 20, 2008

Mobile Tailgating is More Sustainable (Mostly)

For anyone that knows me, you know that I am somewhat of a sports nut (both playing and watching). This year, I was fortunate enough to get season tickets to both the Washington Nationals (baseball) and Washington Redskins (football). GO SKINS!

One of my favorite things about going to the professional sports games is tailgating! This has been a bit tough this year - the Nats stadium is LEED Certified and has limited nearby parking, and for the 'Skins, the only parking passes we could buy were for miles away from the stadium. Both stadiums are close to Metro, so that has been my transit choice. Not so good for the tailgating, though.

This weekend, my hubby and I had a brilliant idea: bringing a mobile tailgate (in a stadium-accceptable bag) to enjoy during the one mile walk from the Metro station to the stadium. It worked out wonderfully...though we thought it best not to open our beers until we arrived in the stadium parking lot. It was great - a tailgate without the carbon emissions required from driving, or the painful experience of entering and exiting the stadium in traffic. Also, we probably ate less junk food as we were thoughtful as to what and how much we packed.

The only downfalls of our mobile tailgate were that we had to throw away anything we did not consume prior to the game, and there was no option for recycling. Going to have to think about how to work the recycling bit (when you have a car, you can take it home)...maybe we can convince Mr. Snyder to put some bins up in the parking lot?

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