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In his college days, it was the game Dylan Acker and his buddies wanted to play at tail-gating parties. But bocce ball didn't work well. There was not enough space and the playing surface was too hard. So, Acker and two classmates designed their own street version of the centuries old game.

"You can play it on macadam," explained Acker. "You can play it on concrete. In city parks. Pretty much any area you have a hard surface, our game and our balls suit that surface."

Acker says the key to street bocce are the custom designed balls, filled with millet, stitched inside a hybrid plastic and leather cover.

"That allows the ball to not only keep its shape when it rolls, but it's also soft enough that it won't roll away and basically stays in the playing surface."

The game includes a pair of collapsible wooden backboards that convert any parking area into a temporary playing court.

"It's basically super suitable for using in a very populated and crowded tail-gating environment," said Acker.

Game rules and scoring are based on the original game, but can be adjusted for time and space available. Acker says the street version of the game was a hit among tailgaters at Yankee Stadium and the Phillie's home opener earlier in the spring. Many who tried the new game liked the game's quick set up and tear down time and minimal storage space. Standard game set and carry bag sells for 88-dollars.

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