There are plenty of fun opportunities to tailgate the 2013 Senior Bowl in Mobile, Alabama.

Heading to southern Alabama for the big game between the North and South? Senior Bowl fans know that tailgating the game is almost as important as seeing the action play out on the field, which is why Mobile is hosting two fantastic parties for tailgaters before the game.

Best places to tailgate the Senior Bowl

Football fans from around the country will be in Mobile, Alabama, this month to watch the best college football players from the North and the South take each other on while recruiters and coaches from the NFL look on and make their initial draft judgments.

If you're staying in a Gulf shores rental and visiting Mobile for the Under Armour Senior Bowl, no doubt you're looking forward to the action on the field. But another aspect of football that most fans can't do without is tailgating. Fortunately, there are plenty of opportunities to enjoy some of South Alabama's best seafood fare on the grill while you get pumped up for the game. Here are the best three places to find tailgating festivities.

The Senior Bowl Tailgate Challenge

There are plenty of fun opportunities to tailgate the 2013 Senior Bowl in Mobile, Alabama.Baumhower's Restaurant is hosting the annual Senior Bowl Tailgate Challenge in the parking lot of the Ladd-Peebles Stadium on game day. During this event, registered tailgaters cook up what they think is the best pre-football fare around and compete for the title of "Tailgate Challenge Champion." A panel of judges will rank foods in shrimp, oyster, fish and crab categories. The grand prize winner will be recognized on field during the first half of the game and will receive a trophy and special prize valued at more than $1,000.

Food For Less Tailgate Party

This bash is free for all Senior Bowl Ticket holders and is held in the east parking lot of Ladd-Peebles Stadium. If you were one of the first 3,500 fans who purchased a ticket to the game, you receive a free pass to this event, where there will be free food and drink as well as family friendly activities such as face painting, clowns, inflatable jumping games and interactive activities provided by the United States Marine Corps and the Coca-Cola Family Festival Trailer.

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