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I just love football season! Cheering for my team, wearing the school colors, hosting football parties – it’s all fun.
The best thing of all is actually going to the games. But joining a few thousand other fans to scream for your team is more fun if you’re prepared.
Here are the top 10 college football game gear must-haves you should take to the stadium with you.
10. Seat cushion or stadium chair
Let’s face it – most college stadium seats aren’t too comfortable. Adding a stadium seat or cushion will make your time at the game a lot more comfortable, even if the game goes into overtime.
9. College sweatshirt
Sure, you could wear that new sweater or last year’s coat. But this a college game, so join in the fun with cozy new college sweatshirts. Have kids? Get them into the spirit with college hoodies of their own.
8. A warm hat
They say that we lose over 75% of our body heat from our heads, so a warm hat is a must for your college football game gear. Get a logo hat with your college mascot on it, or choose a cozy hat in your school colors.
7. Warm gloves
Keep your fingers warm and comfortable in a pair of warm gloves. Make sure the gloves you choose have Thinsulate™ or other heat-retaining lining to stay warm well into the fourth quarter.
6. Fan pom-poms
Who says the cheerleaders should have all the fun? Get a pair of fan-sized pom-poms and wave away when your team makes the big score.
If you can’t find pom-poms with your team logo, choose a pair in your school colors. Many discount stores and online sports stores carry pom pons them in common college colors.
5. A giant foam finger
Sure it’s tacky and silly looking. Who cares? It’s a college football game and you’re supposed to have fun, so wave away!
Giant foam fingers for most college teams are available online, so you can order one even if you live hundreds of miles away from your favorite team.
4. Foot warmers
Your college football game experience won’t be much fun if your tootsies are freezing, so invest in some footwarmers to tuck inside your shoes.
Choose chemical based foot warmers that last for about four to five hours, or invest in warm silk liner socks that trap your own body heat without making feet sweaty.
When the game starts before sundown, adding a pair of sunglasses to your college football game gear bag will make it easier to see the field. Pick a pair with good UV and glare protection, so you won’t miss that great handoff or the perfect pass because the sun’s in your eyes.
When the sun goes down and the chill sets in, a thermos of hot cocoa, coffee or cider is the perfect way to stay warm while you watch the game.
Choose a double-insulated thermos to keep your beverage pipping hot through the whole game.
Unless you’ve scored seats in the first few rows, a pair of lightweight sports binoculars will bring the game up close even if you’re in the nose-bleed section.
New wide-angle binoculars will give you a great view of the field, saving you from “searching” for the players and missing the play.