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Tailgating is serious business for sports fans. These seven tips will keep your crowd entertained all the way up until game time.

1) Cook as much as you can ahead of time.

2) Sterno, or "canned heat," is your best friend. It is a fuel designed to be burned directly from its can.

3) Invest in a good cooler.

4) Aluminum foil and mason jars are vital for storing and serving food.

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5) Bring balloons or something of the sort to make spotting your location easier.

6) Bring bug repellent.

7) Don't forget speakers.

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