Sep 17, 2021 Communities

Your Guide to Celebrating Football Season From Home

Fall is finally here and you know what that means— it’s football season! While we have been looking forward to cheering alongside other football fans in-person for more than a year, with the rise in COVID cases and the Delta Variant, the safest option may be celebrating from home.

But don’t worry! Just because you’re staying home doesn’t mean you have to forgo some of your favorite game day traditions. Dressing up, eating game day food and watching the game can all be done from your living room. To prove it to you, we’ve created a list of our favorite places to grab gear, great food, beer and even information on where you can watch the games below. Enjoy!

 

1.) Find the channel

The first step in creating your perfect tailgate-from-home experience is making sure you can access the game on your TV! While you can catch most games on ESPN, Fox or the Big Ten Network channels, don’t worry if you’ve already made the switch to streaming services. AT&T, Fubo TV, Hulu, Sling and YouTube all offer paid subscription services that allow you to watch the games live (and commercial free!). 

 

2.) Grab your gear

Husker Gear in Omaha

Photo courtesy of Husker Hounds

It just wouldn’t be game day without a sea of team colors, face paint and foam fingers. Luckily, there are plenty of places around town where you can get your Husker, Cyclones, Hawkeyes and other game day gear—without having to step foot in the stadium. 

Husker Hounds | Omaha Area

Founded in the spring of 1995, Husker Hounds is a family-owned and operated Husker apparel store with three locations across Omaha. Owners Scott and Janine Strunc first started the store after feeling a burning passion for Husker Nation and wanting to serve local college football fans in some way. Today, they are a premier destination for #BigRed themed clothing, headwear, DVDs, autographs, outerwear, accessories and much, much more. 

The Lawlor’s family retail business began more than a century ago in 1896 when the current owner Pat Lawlor’s great grandfather Nicholas Lawlor, an Irish immigrant, opened a bicycle shop in Lincoln. After years of both success and struggles, the company slowly evolved into Lawlor’s Custom Sportswear, Omaha’s largest screen printing and embroidery business. At this hometown shop, you can purchase gear from almost every local sports team from the Mavericks to the Bluejays and more. Click here to start shopping online! 

Hy-vee, Scheels & Dick’s Sporting Goods

When all else fails and you’ve found yourself without a jersey on game day, stores like Hy-vee, Scheels and Dick’s have you covered! All three stores have a great stock of local high school and college gear but you’ll need to visit in-person to check out their current stock.

 

3.) Pick up some game-day food

The right channel? Check. Comfy (and festive) apparel? Check. Now you need some great food to enjoy while you watch. Several local sports bars have started offering takeout and curbside pickup during 2020 and 2021, so you can enjoy great pub grub from the comfort of home. 

Addy’s is one of the most popular Omaha locations for watching sports, digging into tasty meals and just hanging out on a weekday night! A few of our favorite grub offerings include their spinach and artichoke dip and broccoli cheese bites. Choose one of three locations—MillardElkhorn and Maple Street—and call to place your order (just don’t forget a side of some of Omaha’s best wings!).

The Ice House | Omaha Area

The Ice House has made the Best of Omaha list for the last several years. Without a doubt, it’s the great food and the friendly staff that ensures it’s one of the best sports bars in the city. Click here to explore their menu and then give them a call at (402) 934-2337 to place your takeout order. 

DJ’s Dugout | Omaha Area

The first DJ’s opened in 1993 in Bellevue and it was such a hit, they now have six locations throughout the Omaha Metro area. Celebrate game day with a plate of wings in one of 12 different sauces along with a menu of fantastic burgers, steaks, sandwiches, nachos and so much more. Click here to start your online order!

This family-owned sports bar and grill offers a full menu of pub grub like wings, burgers, sandwiches and plenty of beer. You can call ahead to place your order at one of their two locations in the area, or you can order online through LoCo Omaha and have your meal delivered right to your door!

The Cornerkick Cantina | Omaha Area

From the same mastermind behind local spots like Hoppy Toco and Época Cantina, The Corner Kick has three locations across the area, each offering the same delicious, slow-cooked tacos along with burritos, quesadillas, fajitas, enchiladas and, of course, the massive margaritas we’ve come to know and love! You can place your order for pickup online—along with to-go versions of their famous cocktails. 

Sportscasters Bar & Grill | Lincoln Area

Jeff Korbelik of the Journal Star named Sportscasters the best bar in Lincoln, and we tend to agree! This local hotspot is a favorite for many, offering a vast menu of tasty pub grub and several gluten-free options. Click here to explore the menu online and call (402) 466-6679 to place your order for carryout. 

With 25 big screens and a full menu of delicious options, Risky’s in Lincoln has always been one of our favorite places to watch the game. But what if we told you that you could bring the magic of Risky’s home with you? That’s right—you can get all of Risky’s signature grub and snacks to-go. Give them a call at (402) 466-6966 to place your order. 

Rosie’s Bar & Grill | Lincoln Area

Offering a small-town atmosphere and big city service, Rosie’s has quickly become a local favorite for game day fare in Lincoln. Wings, pizza, nachos, burgers—you name it, and you can order it from Rosie’s! Click here to peruse their vast menu and call (402) 420-6262 to place your carryout order. 

 

4.) Or make it yourself

An Affair from the Heart

Photo courtesy of An Affair From the Heart 

If you’d rather prepare your game-day feast yourself, Nebraska bloggers have you covered! Below we have a list of recipes from our favorite bloggers to help you create your perfect tailgate party at home.

Ranch and eggs? While it may seem a little unorthodox, we promise it’s delicious. Linsey from Lille Punkin works some magic in her recipe for Chili Dusted Guacamole Ranch Deviled Eggs and they are absolutely perfect as game day snacks. As a bonus, her blog post includes two more recipes for tailgating treats including Honey BBQ Boneless Chicken Bites and Spicy Chicken Nachos. 

If you’re looking to put a healthy twist on tailgating, check out this recipe for a Nebraska-inspired Cobb Salad from Amber at Stirlist! Featuring fresh tomatoes, romaine, yellow peppers, carrots, eggs, chicken and, of course, corn, this is the perfect healthy way to celebrate your team this weekend. 

Juicy Lucy Burgers from An Affair From the Heart

No matter what you put in them or on them, burgers are an essential part of any game day feast! Luckily, Michaela from An Affair of the Heart has us covered with a delicious, cheese-filled burger that will be a hit with your entire family.

Easy & Delicious Appetizers from Hostess at Heart

If you’re looking to feed a small crowd, appetizers are a must! Potato skins, snack mix, dips, sliders, cheese platters—you name it, and Hostess at Heart has a recipe for it. Click here for a roundup of her favorite appetizer recipes like Spicy Nacho Cheese Pretzels, Jalapeno Popper Dip with Bacon or Easy Pizza Knots. 

 

5.) Put on some classic tunes

Whether you prefer Classic Rock, Country or party tunes, music is a must have on any game day! As long as you’re creating your perfect tailgate-from-home party you might as well hit play on a Spotify playlist before the game starts. If you want to keep it ultra-local, why not play some music from some local Omaha area bands? We have a list of our favorites—including 311Bright EyesEli Mardock and more. Click here to read it and to find our handy playlist! 

 

6.) Sip on some local beer

Nebraska beer

Football and beer go hand in hand. So, before you turn on the TV and get comfortable, crack open a cold one from a local Omaha or Lincoln brewery! Almost all of our local breweries offer growlers, crowlers or six-packs of their house-made beer.

 

7.) Enjoy the game!

The food is ready, you’ve donned your favorite gear, the beer is cold and the music is flowing—you’re officially ready to go! While we know it isn’t the same as enjoying the game from the stadium or your favorite sports bar, we hope you’ve been able to replicate some of the magic from home. 

 

Touchdown!

It may not be the game day you wanted, but we hope you still have a blast all the same. Let us know how you’re planning to enjoy #GameDay at home in the comments below.

Sep 17, 2021 Communities
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