Tailgating by the numbers

Story highlights

  • 18 percent of fans tailgate before games, according to a university study
  • Tailgaters spend an average of $196 on parties, one survey says
  • 63 percent of those surveyed by Weber said they prefer hamburgers for tailgating

(CNN)We super-fans at CNN have compiled some fun facts about the "sport" of tailgating, so you can impress your friends with your intellectual prowess, if not your athletic ability on the field. Everyone's a winner at tailgating, no matter what the scoreboard says.

18 - Percent of fans who tailgate before games, according to one University of Minnesota study.
17.36 million - Attendance at regular-season NFL games in 2014.
    $31.21 - Average cost to park at an NFL stadium (PDF) in 2015.
    49 million - Attendance at NCAA football games in 2014.
    $196 - Amount that NFL fans plan to spend for each tailgate party, according to a DirecTV survey in September.