WHY DID TEXAS A&M DEVELOP A PLAN FOR RESPONSIBLE TAILGATING?
Tailgating and picnicking before Aggie athletic events has enjoyed increasing popularity over the last several years and we anticipate that it will continue to grow in the future. Increased participation has led to more safety concerns and damage to the campus. The plan for responsible tailgating was developed to help ensure that the gameday experience remains friendly, fun, safe and family-oriented activities celebrating a day of athletic competition.
I HAVE NEVER TAILGATED BEFORE. WHAT DO I DO?
There are several steps you will need to take to ensure a successful gameday tailgate.
1. Consider your parking situation on gameday. If you are parked in one of the 12th Man lots, you will have access to the first 15 feet of green space surrounding that lot to tailgate.
2. Decide if you would like you would like to utilize one of our free open-access sites around campus or utilize a reserved location. Those wishing to utilize a reserved location for a hassle-free experience and turnkey tailgate provided by Tailgate Guys may contact them at 979-775-1700.
3. Read both of the general rules and the site-specific rules. These will help give you an idea of which open access space you would like to tailgate. Hint: the main difference is whether or not you would like to use a generator and/or have a towable barbecue rig. (Generators and large barbecue pits are not permitted in Spence Park.)
4. Claim your space! All of our open access spaces are first-come first-served beginning at noon the day before the game. Many people will come out early start discussing locations they would like to be in when the air horn blows at noon. Leaving a tent frame in your location will secure your spot. You may also create a perimeter using a variety of other methods. We encourage you to reach out to a tailgating ambassador on Friday if you have questions.
5. Make plans to drop off your supplies as near to your tailgate as possible taking into account any road closures associated with gameday.
6. Keep your tailgate clean by utilizing University trash receptacles or bringing your own if there are none nearby.
7. If you are still not sure about what to do or have questions, call Aggieland Tailgating at 979-862-7547.
WHAT ARE OPEN ACCESS SITES?
Open Access Sites are any tailgating areas that are outside of the 15-feet distance from designated parking lots and are not tied to parking privileges. They are available to any patrons who setup a tailgate based on Responsible Tailgating General Rules and the additional Open Access Site-Specific Rules.
WHAT KINDS OF SAFETY CONCERNS RELATE TO TAILGATING?
With the increasing number of fans enjoying tailgating activities on gameday, there are increasing concerns about pedestrian safety, fire safety, utilities infrastructure, sanitation, and the responsible consumption of alcoholic beverages.
WHAT STEPS SHOULD I TAKE IN SETTING UP MY TENT/CANOPY?
The Tailgating Management Team advises that tents and canopies should be anchored appropriately (e.g., sandbags, water barrels, stakes.) Unanchored tents/canopies easily can blow over and present a safety hazard as well as causing damage to property. Please help ensure that tailgating and picnicking remain friendly, fun, safe and family-oriented activities for Aggies of all ages.
Effective immediately, tents secured in non-reserved areas may not use stakes that penetrate the ground deeper than 12 inches. This is in compliance with University Policies 21.99.09.M0.01 Tents on Campus and 24.99.99.M0.01 University Utility Locate Procedure.
These procedures were amended in July 2013 to improve visitor safety and minimize damage to underground utilities. (gas, telephone, electricity, irrigation etc.) Initially, these policies called for zero ground penetration without a utility locate and an exception was granted for tailgating activities. Many of our fellow SEC schools have eliminated stakes entirely and even limited tent sizes on campus. Your compliance will reduce the risk of potentially harmful accidents and further staking limitations. Let's work together to maintain the best game day environment in college football!
If your tent cannot be safely secured using stakes that penetrate the ground 12 inches or less, we recommend you contact the manufacturer regarding alternate forms of ballast including sand, concrete blocks or water barrels or use multiple smaller tents. (University water supplies will not be made available.)
Please help ensure that tailgating and picnicking remain friendly, fun, safe and family-oriented activities for Aggies of all ages.
CAN YOU EXPLAIN THE PURPOSE OF THE ALCOHOL-FREE ZONE AND TELL ME IF IT INCLUDES THE ZONE CLUB OR THE SUITES IN KYLE FIELD?
The alcohol-free zone is meant to prevent the presence of open containers in the areas immediately surrounding Kyle Field, most notably the Fan Zone and the sidewalks. We have increasing interest in the team and pregame activities and want to keep these areas as "family friendly" as possible. Please note this does not affect those areas that have previously been approved for serving alcohol, such as the Zone Club, the Letterman's Lounge, and the leased suites in Kyle Field.
MAY I USE A GENERATOR?
Generators are not allowed in Spence Park but they are allowed in other sites.
IF I AM NOT ALLOWED TO USE A GENERATOR, WHAT ARE MY OPTIONS?
We suggest marine batteries and inverters. It is unlawful to utilize University electricity for tailgating. Please do not plug into any university outlet or power panel for personal use.
WHAT SIZE PIT/GRILL MAY I USE?
Large pits are not allowed in Spence Park. As a general rule, if it takes more than 2 people to carry it in, it will be too large for the area. Our goal is to have as many Aggie fans as possible enjoying the unique atmosphere of Spence Park.
The rationale for the rule regarding the size of pits/grills is as follows.
1. The increasing number of rolling rigs, due to their size, has restricted the ability for more fans to use Spence Park as a tailgating option, and has caused general congestion that interferes with the flow of other fans through these areas.
2. The movement of large rigs in and out of green spaces causes a risk to pedestrians in the area, whether the rigs are moved by individuals or University employees.
Guests who wish to utilize a tailgate trailer may do so in the green spaces surrounding 12th Man parking lots or the Reed Arena lawn. Trailer mounted grills, smokers or televisions may be placed in the green spaces provided the towing vehicle does not enter the green space. All trailer mounted units (including tow hitches) should be able to fit within the confines of a normal parking space. Units larger than a normal space should be parked in the oversized vehicle lot or Fan Field.
HOW SHOULD I DISPOSE OF HOT COALS?
Hot coals must be doused and properly disposed of in specially designated Coal Dumpsters to prevent fires. Fires built on the ground and open fire pit devices are prohibited.
WHERE CAN PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES PARK AND STILL HAVE EASY ACCESS TO KYLE FIELD?
Individuals with disabilities may park in Parking Area 50 or the University Center Garage. Shuttle buses will take them to the front (Joe Routt entrance) of Kyle Field.
WHAT IS THE "FAN ZONE" AROUND KYLE FIELD?
The Fan Zone is a pedestrian zone before the game. Joe Routt Boulevard is closed to vehicular traffic between Wellborn Road and Throckmorton beginning at 6AM on game days and reopens shortly after half time. Houston Street from the University Center Garage entrance to Joe Routt Boulevard is closed beginning at 6AM on game days and reopens one hour after the game ends. Houston Street from the center entrance of lot 48 to University Center Garage entrance is closed 4 hours before kick-off (team bus and emergency vehicles have limited access) and reopens one hour after the game. The Tailgating Management Team advises that pedestrians use caution when crossing streets and driveways and to keep careful watch of children, particularly when leaving the stadium.
WHERE ARE RESTROOMS LOCATED?
Permanent restroom facilities are located in the MSC, Koldus Building and the Rudder Theatre Complex. The Association of Former Students is also hosting Aggie fans in the Clayton Williams Building near Kyle Field. Other campus buildings are not open for public restroom use. Portable toilets are located throughout Spence Park and around other campus buildings and parking lots.
CAN I PROMOTE AN OFF-CAMPUS EVENT FROM A TAILGATING SITE?
You are welcome to promote all types of activities; however, any transactions, monetary or otherwise, or solicitations require approval of the University Concessions Committee. Typically, approvals are not given for tailgating areas on game days. (University Rule 21.99.09.M1 – Access to University Property for Sales and Solicitation Purposes) Any and all events that are defined under "solicitation" must obtain permission in advance. This is accomplished with a Texas A&M University Concessions Permit.
WHOM DO I CONTACT IF I HAVE QUESTIONS OR CONCERNS ABOUT TAILGATING?
Please direct all feedback to the Gameday Feedback Team.