Ask anyone in my family their favorite thing about fall, and the enthusiastic, quick and one-word answer is, “Football!”
Since our daughter became a student at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, we especially love to watch the Tarheels play at Kenan Stadium, pictured above during this season’s opening game we attended two weeks ago.
As regular readers of Hadley Court know, we’re doing a series this week on College Football Season. Lynda Quintero Davids wrote a mouth-watering and colorful post on Recipes + Tips for Tailgate Parties here.
And Leslie Carothers wrote a fascinating and gorgeous post on the traditions of University of Texas Longhorn Football here.
As the weekend and College Football Saturday is upon us, we thought we’d offer you tips on our favorite seat warmers for heated stadium seats, game day I Phone app + more to help make your college football game days, festive, fun, and comfortable.
But before the seat warmers and the tech gear, it’s all about the fashion, right?
1. Football fashion: Find comfortable & colorful spirit wear.
In the South, where football is especially revered, co-eds typically dress in color-coordinated apparel in the team’s colors, and often wear dresses or skirts for Saturday’s game.
One of the latest trends that both guys and gals enjoy is wearing sneakers in the team colors.
A good source for NCAA-Licensed women’s sneakers is College Spirit Gear Shoes by XOLO.
For Dad and other men in your college game day party, a hat sporting the team’s colors and logo is almost essential, especially for afternoon games when you can sit up to 3 hours in the direct sun.
The love of football starts young…. knitted hats like these protect them from that harsh sun.
Even if you don’t want to go all out by dressing in the team colors, a sure way to add fun to your football experience is to invest a dollar or so into a set of pom poms.
There’s just something therapeutic about shaking pom poms when your team makes a first down, touch down or interception. It makes you feel like a carefree child again!
You can purchase them at the Stumps party and event website.
Now…Our Favorite Stadium Seats!
Sitting on bleachers for up to five hours is not for the faint of heart, and can strain your back and neck. One of the best investments that football fans can ever make is in a high-back bleacher chair with a padded seat.
The foam-padded travel chair stadium seat above, available from Amazon here, turns a bleacher into a comfy chair, secures easily to a bench or seat and has multiple front pockets for beverages and gear. Amazingly, it only weighs a pound and a half. You’ll be grateful on those long walks from your car to the stadium.
Personally, I like stadium seats with arms, and this StanSport folding stadium seat is affordable and also has a collapsible design with large storage packets on the seat back.
For even more comfort, you might be interested in this Markwort Wide Model stadium seat below that has an extra 3 inches of width for added support.
and, of course, you have to have some binoculars!
Binoculars can be your best friend, especially when your team is near the end zone on “first and goal” or “third and goal” and you want to see the quarterback and runner’s action amidst the log-jam of players at the goal line. A nice, affordable pair is the Bushnell 8 x 40 Natureview Birder.
These $59.90 binoculars have all the qualities you need for games: small and lightweight, a wide angle of view, quick focusing and the ability to focus at close distances if necessary. As an added bonus, you can use them for bird-watching and travel.
On cold college football Saturdays, use a benchwarmer, too!
As die-hard football fans know, there can be some very frigid afternoons in November and October. No worries with the Sports Unlimited Heated Bench Warmer Cushion. This high-tech cushion lasts five hours and is portable, lightweight, water resistant, rechargeable and can be used over and over. If you enjoy heated seats in your automobile, this warmer cushion delivers a similar experience for a heated stadium seat.
And lastly, enjoy my favorite IPhone App: The ESPN Champ Drive App to Check Scores & Video Highlights!
If you’re like our family, on any given college football Saturday, there are multiple games you are interested in. The new and updated Championship Drive App from ESPN allows you to check scores from all the big games and your favorite teams, and delivers the top news and video highlights in college football.
Even if you are watching the action from your favorite arm chair, this APP will give you everything you need to know at your fingertips!
Whatever your vantage point is for watching the football action this weekend and this fall, here’s hoping that your team (s) prosper and that these tips make your football experience even better!
Do you have another great college game day football tip for our readers? Please share it with everyone in the comments.
Here’s hoping YOUR team wins in all the college games this weekend!
We hope you’ve enjoyed this week’s series.
Kim Darden Shaver
Leslie Hendrix Wood
Founder, Editor In Chief
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