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'The' Place to Tailgate

By R. Stickney
|  Friday, Jan 15, 2010  |  Updated 5:31 AM PDT
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Chargers Fans Tailgate at the Q

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Looking for the spot to be? We found it.

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'The' Place to Tailgate

Looking for the spot to be before any Chargers game? We found it by accident.
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Beneath the "Section H4" sign, you'll find blue covered picnic tables and Chargers team umbrellas. Enter the zone and you'll soon discover that H-4 is "the" spot to tailgate before Chargers games.

Lorain Giolzetti, her husband, and a few other families picked the spot back in the 1960's because of it's "easy out" access after the game.

Balboa Stadium became Jack Murphy Stadium and eventually Qualcomm Stadium and still, the gang gathers to cheer on the Bolts. 

"We've got three generations here," said Linda Tutor. "We come whether we win or lose. We are the diehard Charger fans."

The few parking spaces, and a tailgate photo album, holds memories of friends, family, good seasons and even brushes with fame.

Dean Spanos stopped by last weekend to say hello, shake some hands and sign a few autographs.

The families put out all the stops - hot plates full of meals, not just snacks. The food is always hearty. With roasts, spaghetti and meatballs, risotto, shredded pork, potato salad - this group cooks like home, according to Giolzetti.

They've even got their own shirts and stickers with their "H4 Club" logo.

"Everyone contributes and we are a family for the Chargers and we just want to win. Thank you Chargers," said Linda Tutor.

The younger set plan on keeping the tradition going.

"My brother and I and my cousins, we come to all the games," said Catherine Tutor. "We're going to take on this tradition no matter what."

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