By Eric Bailey
Photos by Andrew Trahan
La Tahoe cambia el juego para los amantes del deporte con tecnologías de avanzada, un espacio de carga versátil y otras características que te convertirán en una leyenda entre los fanáticos.
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The unmistakable sizzle and smell of food grilling over hot coals has hovered over tailgating—the social event before cheering on your favorite team—for decades.
Today, though, thanks to vehicles’ built-in connectivity with Wi-Fi hotspots, compatibility with Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto,™ and handy power sources, you can bring your living room, not just your kitchen, to help make pregame festivities even more enjoyable.
Huge flat-screen televisions, hooked up to satellite dishes, show games from across the nation. The booming bass from sound bars is linked to cellphones with music played via Bluetooth® technology. Need to know the stats from a game two time zones away? A tablet connected to 4G LTE Wi-Fi makes that a cinch. Matchups from coast to coast can be heard on satellite radio.
Times have changed from the loud, bulky generators that powered all of those gadgets, said Joe Cahn, the self-proclaimed "Commissioner" of tailgating, who started by tailgating at every NFL stadium in 1996. The advent of power sources in vehicles has been a game changer.
"A lot of vehicles have an outlet similar to what's at home, which is an incredible way to bring your living room or kitchen to the game," said Cahn. "You have your plug-and don't even need a generator anymore. Plus, the connectivity features vehicles have help you stay informed and entertained."
Ken Sue Doerfel began tailgating at University of Oklahoma football games during the mid-1970s. A handful of friends would surround her van, with the entertainment limited to listening to the radio.
Oh, how times have changed. "We've graduated through the different technological advances over the years," Doerfel said with a laugh. When she first brought televisions to her tailgates, the sets were cumbersome and picked up only over-the-air broadcasts. Now, Doerfel and her group of friends watch games on multiple flat-screen televisions linked to an easily portable satellite dish. The satellite dish can be set on a vehicle or placed on the ground.
"The equipment is smaller, the TVs are much lighter," Doerfel said. "Everything has evolved. Some things stay the same-cups, ice, paper plates, plastic forks and spoons, and a cooker-but the technology to receive games changed, and it's great."
Steven Berklacy hasn’t been tailgating as long as Doerfel, but he’s seen plenty of change as well.
His family sets up a 1957 Chevy Bel Air that's been remodeled into a tailgating centerpiece. Like Doerfel, his friends watch football games on portable TVs via satellite dish.
Berklacy also uses his cellphone to play game-day music tracks ranging from dance to the school's fight song via Bluetooth. The music blasting out of a sound bar is controlled by Berklacy, who never has to leave his chair to entertain his friends.
"It's made everything so much easier," Berklacy said. "I remember the days of running a cord to a speaker. It was fun, but it was also a hassle. Now if I want to change a song or whatever, it's right there at my fingertips. It's made things a lot simpler and convenient."
Berklacy expects tailgating to continue to be an arms race as technology advances. Doerfel, who has watched it steadily grow over the past four decades, agrees.
"I don't know that any of us would have believed how much it would grow," Doerfel said. "A lot of us are children of the '50s and early '60s. We didn't have all the technology.
"It was a little hard at first to adapt, but the more technology there is, the smaller the equipment becomes, which is always a good thing. I cannot even imagine what tailgating will be like in 20 years."
Cahn believes cooking will drive the next wave of high-tech tailgating.
“I have a thermometer app on my phone, for example, that lets me put a probe into what I’m cooking, leave it, and then it alerts me that the food is ready to come off,” he said.
Scheduling meals to be cooked via smartphone so a grill can be set to start and turn off at specific times is another possibility, Cahn said.
La conectividad y el espacio hacen de la Tahoe una jugadora fabulosa.
Available OnStar 4G LTE with a built-in Wi-Fi† hotspot, a wealth of charging ports and power outlets, plus plenty of room for fans and their gear help make the Chevrolet Tahoe a franchise player at tailgates.
OnStar 4G LTE turns the Tahoe into a reliable mobile hub, offering a strong, reliable connection for up to seven devices so you can keep track of other games and scores. This secure connection is available up to 50 feet from the vehicle while the Tahoe is on or in the accessory position.
As many as 13 charging locations are conveniently spaced throughout the interior, including up to 6 USB ports,† a 110-volt three-prong outlet and an available wireless charging station. The 110-volt outlet on the back of the center console means you can connect a TV or other electrical equipment or device that uses a maximum of 150 watts.
With available power-release second-row and power fold-flat third-row seats, Tahoe offers up to 94.7 cu. ft. of cargo space.† Seating for up to nine is available as well.
2016 Tahoe Key Features
UNIQUE FEATURES: Available built-in OnStar 4G LTE Wi-Fi† and Lane Keep Assist are not offered by any competitor.
POWER: The 5.3L EcoTec3 V8 produces 355 hp and 383 lb.-ft. of torque.
EASY ACCESS: Available sensor under rear bumper lets you open the hands-free power tailgate with a gentle kicking motion.
THIRD-ROW FOLDING SEATS: Available power fold-flat third-row seats fold faster than any competitor.