Empty nesters’ tailgate embodies Husker hospitality

By Joy Carey, NewsNetNebraska

Christy Lamberty is famous for being excessive.

“I always make triple what I need just so we can invite random people in,” she said, standing near her well-stocked tailgate space.

Christy and Chris Lamberty

Christy and Chris Lamberty have only been tailgating for four years, but they fit as comfortably in their spot as if they’d been going for a lifetime.

Lamberty and her family are quick to offer coffee shots, along with breakfast burritos and the guacamole that made her famous among her daughter’s friends. It’s all part of their home game hospitality.

Like the time last year they befriended Minnesota fans from the balcony of the nearby Holiday Inn.

Lamberty’s husband, Chris, recalled the event as if it were the most natural thing in the world.

“They were on the balcony. We waved them down. They came over, we drank a lot of beer, it was good!”

The Lambertys started tailgating four years ago, shortly after they became empty nesters and decided they needed a change.

After visiting a friend’s tailgate they wanted to get their own. Now, they like tailgating even better than attending the game.

“Where we’re located you can hear all the crowd noises and the cheering.” Christy Lamberty said. “But we have our own personal space and we don’t have to be all claustrophobic with everybody.”

Their little square of the Phillips 66 parking lot has since become a familiar gathering place for friends and family, including some aunts and uncles who drive from Wisconsin for every Husker home game.

“Everybody knows we’re here,” Christy Lamberty said. “No matter what anybody’s doing, friends or family, they always know ‘Hey we can just pop down to the Lambertys’ tailgate!’”

In a few weeks the Lambertys plan to take their Husker spirit on the road, driving the whole tailgate and extended family to Minneapolis for the Husker-Minnesota game.

But for Christy Lamberty, there’s no better tailgate than today’s.

“Morning tailgate. Sunny skies. About 60. Bloody Marys and mimosas.”

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