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Ultimate Tailgate Vehicle in Glendale for Cardinals game

Category: Tailgating, RV
Source: The Arizona Republic
Publish Date: Thursday, December 11, 2008
Summary: The Ultimate Tailgate Vehicle is making a stop at University of Phoenix Stadium as it weaves its way across the country, eventually reaching its final destination in Tampa Bay for Super Bowl XLIII.

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by Philip Haldiman - Dec. 12, 2008 08:17 AM
The Arizona Republic

The Ultimate Tailgate Vehicle is making a stop at University of Phoenix Stadium as it weaves its way across the country, eventually reaching its final destination in Tampa Bay for Super Bowl XLIII.

The party, which is open to the public at the stadium's parking lot when the Arizona Cardinals host the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday, will include a cancer fundraiser and a taste-off, said the event's host, "Tailgate Guy" Jay DiEugenio.

The road trip leads up to Super 'Gate II, a tailgate party before the biggest football game of the year, he said. Super 'Gate was created because tailgating isn't allowed on the stadium grounds of the Super Bowl, he said.

"People tailgate all year, but if their own team doesn't make the Super Bowl, they can't tailgate," DiEugenio said.

The first Super 'Gate occurred in Glendale for Super Bowl XLII and raised $90,000 to fight cancer. The goal this year is $100,000 in raffle-ticket proceeds for the Prevent Cancer Foundation. Tickets are $100 each or six for $500, with only 5,000 available. The winner gets the keys to the massive RV.

The 43-foot Ultimate Tailgate Vehicle, equipped with four flat-screen TVs and two full kitchens plus an exterior grill, was scheduled to roll into Glendale on Thursday with DiEugenio behind the wheel. He hosts a weekly radio show and will be holding the taste-off, in which participants bring their own tailgate creations. The winner will compete in a national cook-off at Super 'Gate II.

DiEugenio said he's excited about returning to the Valley.

"The people in Phoenix are great. It's a melting pot, with all types and styles of food, from good Midwest beef to Philly cheese steaks," he said. "It's a young town with young and ingenious people with great toys and gadgets. Plus tailgating on grass is awesome."


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