Back to Football: Creating Your Cheer Zone

Fall is my favorite time of year. The kids are back in school, the weather begins to get a little cooler, everything becomes pumpkin flavored, and Football is Back!! I can’t believe that 7 months ago, I was cheering for my Carolina Panthers in the Super Bowl. I was crushed to see my team lose the game, but the Panthers’ Keep Pounding spirit keeps fans energized and excited for a new season. In preparation of the new season, I’ve created a game plan for the ultimate Cheer Zone. What’s a Cheer Zone, you ask? It’s a combination of rituals and celebrations that personalize your game day experience.

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Fun ideas to create a Cheer Zone as you celebrate your favorite football team.

Creating your Cheer Zone

  1. Dress Code: Wear your favorite football team’s jersey, t-shirt, hat or other accessories and set the mood for a spirited Cheer Zone. I wore my Luke Kuechly jersey for every Panthers football game last season. I felt like I was apart of the team when I wore my jersey. The NFL Shop has a great selection of jerseys, hats, shirt and accessories for the Carolina Panthers and all the other NFL teams.


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2. Go-to Recipe: Everyone knows that football and good food go together. Make it easy with a go-to recipe. In the cooler months, I like to make my Game Day Chili, or for a healthy snack, my husband’s recipe for chunky salsa.

Go-to Receipe for Game Day. Seth's Salsa is healthy and tasty.


3.  Celebrations:  Creating a celebration ritual is a must for any Cheer Zone. When I was a kid, my Dad would give my sisters and I one Starburst candy each for every touchdown our team made. My boys love Starburst candy, so I have continued this ritual in our home. A fun dance is another way to celebrate a good play, or Dab like Cam Newton.

Fun ideas to create a Cheer Zone as you celebrate your favorite football team.

4. Décor- If you’re not watching the game at the stadium then you need to decorate your TV watching space. Last season, my boys made posters to hang on the wall and place on the mantle. I bought them a couple poster boards and cut them in half.  I gave them markers and stickers, and let them loose. They did an amazing job of recreating the Panthers logo and writing motivational messages for the team.

What kind of game day rituals does your family have?



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