Tailgaters party for opening day
April 14, 2010 5:46 PM
Hours before the first pitch of the San Francisco Giants home opener at AT&T Park, faithful fans threw the first tailgate party of the season in the parking lot. Barbecues were flaming, the music was bumping and the beer was going fast on the warm morning before the 1:35 p.m. start.
Opening day is the day for tailgating. It's an event that draws the "die hard" fans as well as outsiders seeking a good time. In the Fourth Street parking lot, fans were having fun with games, like beer pong. Representatives of a kid's show called "Hey You Up There" were shooting video for the Internet of young fans attempting to build the highest stack of apples.
"You couldn't ask for anything more. Barbecue, beautiful day, Giants 3 - 0," said a big man sporting a Kung Fu Panda cap a number of the fans were wearing. "Even if the Giants are out of town, I'll still come here. I tailgate wherever I go."
Tailgating is a culture and Giants' fans could consider themselves lucky. More than 100 tailgaters were arrested in the Dodgers Parking Lot at the Dodgers home opener. Most were accused of drinking in public.
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