Tailgate Challenge

The Biggest Tailgate in Town!

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!

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

Thank you to everyone who participated in the 15th annual Tailgate Challenge!

The 2023 Tailgate Challenge was our biggest and most successful year yet! Even in 100 degree heat, over 40 incredible tents doled out the most decadent and delicious treats and drinks to nearly 1,200 attendees. Thanks to your efforts, we raised over $80,000 for The Bell Center!

2023 Tailgate Challenge Winners

Best Drink– Kentucky (Mike Kendrach and Bob Thomas)

Best Food– Johnson Healthcare Real Estate

Best Team Spirit– Georgia (Dr. Rachel Kassel)

People’s Choice Award– GMC

Best Overall– Oklahoma (Kathryn & Bruce Burdette)

Save the date for the 16th annual Tailgate Challenge on Aug. 24, 2024!

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.

Thank You to Our 2023 Sponsors


Encompass Health

Touchdown Sponsors

Brasfield & Gorrie

Medical Properties Trust

Sinclair Broadcast Group

This is Alabama

United Rentals

Skybox Sponsors

Birmingham Mountain Radio

BlueCross BlueShield of Alabama

Jemison Investment Co.


Phelps Dunbar LLP

Concourse Financial Group/Protective

State Representative David Faulkner

Tameron Honda

50 Yard Line Sponsors

Alabama Power Company

American Pipe & Supply

BHT ReSources

Birmingham Creative Co.

Bryant Bank

Capital Growth Buchalter

Coca-Cola Bottling Company UNITED

Comfort Systems USA

Crane Works

Doster Construction

ESPN- Birmingham Bowl


Harbert Management Company

Johnson Healthcare Real Estate

Kiwanis Club of Homewood-Mt. Brook

LIVE Design Group

Maynard, Cooper & Gale

O’Sullivan Family Charitable Foundation

Piggly Wiggly

Southern Sky Aviation, LLC

Raymond James

Regions Banks

StoneRiver Company


Fan Sponsors

America’s First Federal Credit Union


Back Forty Beer Company

Backus Smiles

Balch & Bingham

Casey & Peter Bartok

Business Interiors

Birmingham Squadron

Children’s Hospital of Alabama

Chuy’s Tex-Mex

Cobbs, Allen & Hall

Dogtopia Homewood

ERA King Real Estate

First Horizon

Greenhalgh Insurance

J.H. Berry & Gilbert

John 3:16 Foundation

KDM Service

LaMaster Medical

Newsome Law

Oakworth Capital Bank

United Community Bank

Robertson Banking

Southern Home Structural Repair

Summit Electrical Construction, Inc.


TransAmerica Printing

Weil Wrecker Service

Woodlawn Ice House

Photo Gallery

Find more photos from our event on our facebook page.