Tailgate timing At Mercedes-Benz Superdome

Tailgating for NFL football games may seem like something that is all fun and excitement, but there is actually quite the science to it. You've got to know everything about it so that your day of tailgating goes off without a hitch. When it comes to tailgating at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, one of the biggest things to know the most about is timing.

Down in the Central Business District (CBD) of New Orleans sits the Superdome. It is in the dead heart of the city and is an icon that showcases the beautiful skyline of the Crescent City, and that can make a few things quite troublesome.

Let's face it, there is not a lot of room down in the city because there are skyscrapers, other businesses, and parking garages as far as the eye can see. This doesn't always play well with tailgating as room is extremely limited and that means a lot is first-come, first-serve.

A number of parking lots and other open lots are privately owned, and that already takes up a lot of space available for tailgating. The rest of the available space is going to be in paid parking lots and actually underneath the Interstate.

In order to get one of those spots though, you're going to need to be up very early and get out to your spot to stake your claim. Should you wait too long, the spots will be filled up and your tailgating plans will be squashed.

For Saints' games that begin at noon (Central time), tailgaters need to arrive by at least 6 a.m. That is no joke. Even if you arrive, claim your spot, and go back to sleep for an hour or two, it's the best chance you have at having a spot at all.

Night games at the Superdome will see the tailgaters start arriving in hordes by around 10 a.m. or sometimes 9 a.m. This is so they will have their spot to tailgate for the Saints' games, but also watch the earlier games throughout the day.

Space for tailgating is very limited around the Superdome and the earlier you arrive, the better.