Tailgate Challenge

Join Us for the 15th Annual Tailgate Challenge

Sponsor the 2023 Tailgate Challenge! Host a 2023 Tailgate Challenge Tent!

Saturday, August 26, 2023
11am-2pm on the streets in front of The Bell Center

Presented by Encompass Health

Grab your shakers and fire up the grill for The Bell Center’s 15th annual Tailgate Challenge!

Join us for the competition of the year as teams square off to see who can create the best tailgating experience! This family-friendly event invites football fans to sample delicious food and drinks from some of Birmingham’s best tailgaters. Hob-knob with our celebrity judges as they determine the top winners (Best Food, Best Drink, Most Team Spirit, and Best All-Around), while you help us determine the People’s Choice award!

Tent sponsors deck out their own 10×10 tent in their team or company’s colors while preparing a taste of their best tailgating cuisine and/or libation to share with the approximately 1,000 excited football fans in attendance.

All proceeds benefit The Bell Center, which provides early intervention therapy for infants and toddlers with special needs.

For more information about sponsorships or other questions, please contact Marketing and Development Coordinator, Elise Mayfield at emayfield@thebellcenter.org or phone at 205-547-1278.

2022 Tailgate Challenge Winners

People’s Choice Award- JohnsonKreis Construction
Best Team Spirit- Oklahoma (Kathryn and Bruce Burdette)
Best Food- Mizzou (Dr. Reed Dimmitt)
Best Drink- Kentucky (Bob Thomas and Mike Kendrach)
Best All- Around- Comfort Systems USA
Tailgate Challenge 2022

Thank You to Our 2022 Sponsors


Encompass Health

Touchdown Sponsors

Brasfield & Gorrie

Medical Properties Trust

Sinclair Broadcast Group

This is Alabama

United Rentals

Skybox Sponsors

BlueCross BlueShield of Alabama

Birmingham Mountain Radio


Milo’s Tea

Tameron Honda

50 Yard Line Sponsors

Alabama Power Company

American Pipe & Supply

Dr. Hutton & Kelly Brantley

Capital Growth Buchalter

Comfort Systems USA

Doster Construction

Harbert Management Corporation

O’Sullivan Family Charitable Foundations

Phelps Dunbar


Protective Life

Raymond James

Fan Sponsors

Alliance Insurance Group

America’s First Credit Union


Balch & Bingham

Casey & Peter Bartok


Buffalo Rock

Burn Bootcamp

Children’s Hospital of Alabama


ERA King Real Estate

First Horizon

Greenhalgh Insurance

J.H. Berry & Gilbert

John 3:16 Foundation

JohnsonKreis Construction

LaMaster Medical

LIVE Design Group

Maridi Huggins Law

Maynard, Cooper & Gale

Melvin & Jill Upchurch

Method Mortgage

Oakworth Capital Bank

Progress Bank

Robertson Banking

Southern Home Structural Repair

Snoozy’s Kids


The Turner Family

Weil Wrecker Service

Photo Gallery

Find more photos from our event on our facebook page.