New Palm Desert High School head football coach Shane McComb isn’t waiting until 7 p.m. on Friday to put his stamp on the Aztecs’ program. He’s going to start a little earlier, around 4:30 p.m.
McComb as part of his goal to make Palm Desert football games more of a community event than just a sporting event will kick off his first pre-game tailgate party. It’s a tradition he intends to begin before Friday’s season opener against Desert Hot Springs, and continue before every Aztecs home game.
“I want the community to think of our football games as an event as entertainment,” McComb said. “Something that people in the community might want to go to even if they don’t have a kid or relative on the team.”
For Friday’s tailgate kickoff, Dickey’s Barbecue will be there with some food and Chevy will have tents with some cars and trucks on display. McComb said he intends for there to be music every week. The radio station 92.1 will have a DJ on hand starting the second week, but were not able to commit to Friday’s game.
“We’ll get some tunes going somehow,” McComb said.
This is an idea he brings from his previous stop at a high school in New Mexico, where the pre-game tailgate was a big hit.
It will take place in a corner of the enclosed area where the football field is, but not close enough to the field to distract the JV game which will be going on at the same time.
“Hopefully it brings more people out to the games, of course,” McComb said. “I want to incorporate the community into the football program.”
Palm Desert’s regular season home games are Friday (Desert Hot Springs), Sept. 2 (Coachella Valley), Oct. 14 (Palm Springs), Oct. 21 (La Quinta) and Nov. 4 (Indio).