5. A place for all that food. Let’s face it, what’s a football game without tons of food to nosh on? And it has to be finger food: pizza, wings, nachos and so on. No knives and forks to get in the way of cheering, fist bumps and high fives. The ideal place for all that food is a countertop or large table within sight and sound of the game. 6. Beer here! Yes, there will be some partaking of libations. So having plenty of ice cold beer and sodas close by is a must. An under-the-counter beverage center will do if there isn’t room for a full-size refrigerator. 7. Halftime break. Okay, everybody has been eating, drinking and watching the game for awhile. It’s time for a bathroom break, so a powder room nearby will come in handy. And maybe everyone will want to go outside, get some fresh air and throw the pigskin around, so easy access to the outdoors will keep the rest of the house from turning into a game-day mess.8. It ain’t over until the fat lady sings (or at least everyone pitches in to clean up). Now it’s time for the dreaded post game cleanup. A sink and dishwasher nearby will come in handy. And though the ideal space would be easily hosed down, that’s probably impractical for most of us. Easily washed down, mopped surfaces will do the trick. Vinyl tile, linoleum and even hardwood are better options than carpet. One of my favorite flooring materials is cork as it’s easy to keep clean and the tiles are easily replaced if damaged. Another option, if the space is in the basement, is stained concrete.