It will be a football lover's dream. At the first Savannah Riverfront Ultimate Tailgate, fans can get their fill of football by watching on large inflatable screens.
"We're so excited," says Carrie Bligh, senior director of operations for the Savannah Waterfront Association. "We're going to have three of the large inflatable screens."
The 20-foot by 20-foot inflatable cube will be placed at the Arbor Stage. There also will be 15-foot screens at each end of Rousakis Plaza that will be visible as shadows fall on River Street.
All viewers need to provide is their own seating. Hot food and cold beverages will be available from nearby vendors.
The tailgate will take place during regular Labor Day weekend festivities.
More than 30 local and regional artists will have booths to demonstrate and sell paintings, woodwork, sculpture, jewelry, photography and more.
"On Friday, we'll have games, including tailgate ladder golf, washers and cornhole," Bligh says. "We'll have barbecue from the Bayou Cafe and Bojangles chicken.
"A lady from Florida is bringing giant Jenga sets," Bligh says. "We'll have a drumline on Friday and a marching band on Saturday.
"The drumline is at 6 p.m. and the first game starts at 7 p.m. Friday and noon on Saturday."
The tailgate will become an annual event.
"Labor Day is one of those holidays that's hard to theme," Bligh says.
IF YOU GO
What: Savannah Riverfront Ultimate Tailgate and Labor Day Festival
When: Noon to 11 p.m. Aug. 30, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Aug. 31, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 1
Where: River Street
Info: riverstreetsavannah.com, 912-234-0295
"It's a celebration of all of us who have to work for a living and put in hard hours at work," she says.
"We like to celebrate the time off and celebrate the family."
Bligh notes the Savannah Craft Brew Fest will be going on across the river and the tailgate will provide visitors there another option of something to do.
"Someone said Labor Day weekend is the kickoff of college football," she says.
The big game with Georgia vs. Clemson will be shown at 8 p.m. Saturday.
"All the TVs will be playing that one," she says.
It all adds up to an event football fans won't want to miss.
"The view, the atmosphere - instead of having to take care of a football party at home, let us take care of everything and camp out for the evening," Bligh says.
"We're definitely playing the Georgia game on Saturday night and have an idea of what other games we'll be playing," she says. "There will be a variety of games. If we have a huge crowd for the Miami game, we'll put two TVs on the Miami game."