USNA '70 Football Tailgates 2023

The 2023 Navy Home Tailgate Plan
by Terry Huff and Gino Marchetti '70

USNA Class of 1970 Tailgating Profile: The United States Naval Academy Class of 1970 consists of graduates, former members of the Class, honorary members, their spouses, relatives and guests. The Class numbers about 760 individuals, with about 20-30 classmates/tailgate (including spouses, significant others and guests) expected to attend home games.

Scope: The scope of this plan includes the resources to facilitate tailgating at 6 regular home games in Annapolis. These resources include physical space (Space #44), tent set-up and rental expenses for each regular home game, and food costs for the Classes of 1970.

Tailgate Payments: Payments for specific tailgates may be made online by credit card using the SignUpNow.Events USNA '70 2023 Tailgate Payment Website. This is our preferred method of payment. Note that you can make an online credit card payment usng your smart phone or tablet (e.g., iPad, Samsung Galaxy Tabs, etc.) at the specific tailgate. If preferred, payment may also be made by check or cash at the tailgate.

Summary of the Tailgate Schedule and Menus: The table below provides details for each Annapolis home game.

Date Opponent Location Time Type Menu Game Coord
09 Sep 2023 vs. Wagner Annapolis, MD 1530 Catered Mission BBQ Rick Heaton
30 Sep 2023 vs. So. Florida Annapolis, MD 1530 Catered Bayside Bull Grant Thorpe
07 Oct 2023 vs. North Texas Annapolis, MD 1530 Catered Bayside Bull Tom Bender
21 Oct 2023 vs. Air Force Annapolis, MD 1500 Catered Bayside Bull Ed Moore
11 Nov 2023 vs. UAB Annapolis, MD 1530 Catered Mission BBQ Ed Moore
18 Nov 2023 ECU Annapolis, MD 1200 Catered Bayside Bull Ed Moore
TBD AAC Championship TBD TBA TBD NA NA
09 Dec 2023 vs. Army Foxborough, MA 1500 BYO NA NA

Tailgate Location: All home game tailgates will be held at Space #44 on the southwest side of the stadium. See the Tailgate Map Showing Space #44 for the specific location. The NAAA charges a flat fee of $1,350 for the season to reserve this spot, which defrays their costs for clean-up and sanitation. This amount has been approved by the Class Officers and already paid to the NAAA for 2023.

Food: A combination of catering and potluck are the methods used for tailgating. The main menu is selected by a class volunteer, known as the Game Coordinator, and communicated to the class tailgate email distribution list. Classmates and guests are expected to bring side dishes for themselves and others that complement the menu. Additional dishes include a variety of appetizers, sides, refreshments, hors d’oeuvres, water and desserts.

Tent: It was proposed and approved by the Class Officers to contract with Select Event Rentals (SER) for a 20' X 30' tent to be set-up and taken down for each home game. SER is the sole source for game day tent rentals through the NAAA. The total cost for tent rental for the season is $4,265.18, or an average of $710.86 per game, including setup and take down (for all 6 home games). The terms of the lease agreement call for upfront payment, which has been paid from the USNA '70 Checking Account via the USNAAA.

Costs: Costs for the location space and the tent rental are recovered by charging tailgate attendees on a per capita basis as described in the cost and recovery tables below. Food costs are fixed at $20/person for catered games and $10/adult for potluck games for those unable to contribute a main or side dish to the group effort. Those bringing potluck main or side dishes may be reimbursed for raw material costs on an individual basis.

Tailgate Payments: Payments for specific tailgates may be made online by credit card using the SignUpNow.Events USNA '70 2022 Tailgate Payment Website. This is our preferred method of payment. Note that you can make an online credit card payment usng your smart phone at the specific tailgate. If necessary, payment may also be made by check or cash at the specific tailgate attended.

Cost Summary Table for 2022 Tailgating Plan

Cost Element Amount Remarks
Tailgate Location Space #44 $1,350 Paid to the NAAA
Tent Costs for 6 Home Games $4,265 Paid to SER
Total 2023 Cost $5,615 $935.83 per Game

Cost Recovery Table for 2023 Tailgating Plan*

Tailgate Cost Recovery Charge* Amount
Season Cost per Person (tent & space) $150
Season Cost per Couple (tent & space) $300
Game Tent & Space Cost/Person (avg 35 attending) $30
Game Catered Food Cost/Person $20
Game Catered Cost/Couple) $40
Game Potluck Cost/Person (bring side dish or drink) $0
Game Potluck Cost/Person (no side dish or drink) $10
Children Under 12 Years Old (food only) $0
Children 12 to 18 Years Old (food only) $10
Young Adults 18 Years Old and Up Adult Prices

* Recovery charges assume a reasonable level of attendance for the 6 home games. If we are unable to fully recover our location and tent costs, we may need to augment these recovery charges with donations from the class. Donations are gratefully accepted at any time!

Updated: November 10, 2023
Curator: Ed Moore