Tailgating Rules

 

 

Guide to Responsible Tailgating

RESPONSIBLE CONSUMPTION OF ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES

University Rules permit the use of alcoholic beverages at tailgate parties or picnic activities at NCAA intercollegiate athletic events only on the day of the event and in the general proximity of the event, including outdoor locations or in outdoor parking areas. The use of alcoholic beverages is prohibited on the MSC Lawn, Simpson Drill Field (except designated areas), the All Faiths Chapel Grounds, and inside university facilities unless otherwise designated. In accordance with the alcoholic beverage laws of the State of Texas individuals must be at least 21 years old to purchase, possess, or consume alcoholic beverages. The use of alcoholic beverages by members of the Texas A&M University community is at all times subject to the alcoholic beverage laws of the State of Texas.

Most importantly, individuals, groups and organizations holding or participating in tailgate parties are responsible for their own conduct and are expected to respect the rights of others and the entire University community.

Texas A&M students must also adhere to the Texas A&M University Student Rules governing consumption of alcoholic beverages as stated in Appendix VIII: Texas A&M University Alcohol Rules and the Laws That Apply to Student Organizations, On Campus Residents,and Others (Revised: 2006)



COMMERCIAL ACTIVITY

Any transactions, monetary or otherwise, and 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.

 

Operating Hours

On game day, tailgating will begin at 7:00 AM to better coordinate with our scheduled parking lot opening times. All tailgating spaces should be cleared and cleaned no later than midnight on game day. If tailgating areas are unavailable to collect your materials due to road closure or contraflow traffic, we ask that you be ready to move out when the roads reopen.

Times for set up the day before the game remain the same. All areas are available between Noon and midnight. Any tailgating materials set up prior to noon will be removed. This includes any tailgating materials left on sidewalks prior to setup day. Overnight activity is not allowed.

 

General Rules

1. Tailgating areas are reserved for fans, recognized student organizations and university departments. Certain areas are designated for particular uses, so please refer to Site-Specific Guidelines for further guidance in addition to the General Rules, which cover all tailgating areas.

2. Individuals are responsible for compliance with all local and state laws governing alcohol consumption.

3. Tailgating is not permitted in the following locations: the golf course, MSC lawn, President and Vice President of Student Affairs homes (with the exception of invited guests), Bonfire Memorial, Penberthy intramural fields, All Faiths Chapel grounds or inside University facilities unless otherwise designated. Please remain a respectful distance from all campus statues and memorials so that they may be enjoyed by all who visit campus.

4. Tailgating is not permitted inside, or on the roof, of any parking garages on University property. Additionally, for safety, barbecue pits are not permitted in these areas.

5. Greenspaces within 15 feet of parking lots are reserved for fans assigned to those parking lots.

6. Unless otherwise designated, site setup may begin no earlier than noon on "set-up day," (the day immediately preceding a NCAA-recognized campus sporting event). Claiming tailgate areas prior to noon on "set-up day" is prohibited. Any tailgating materials left on site before setup day may be removed without notice. Please contact Aggieland Tailgating at 979-862-7547 to reclaim materials.

7. No overnight occupancy is allowed in tailgating areas. Site must be vacated by midnight on "set-up day." Tailgating sites open at 7:00 a.m. on "gameday" and must be cleared and cleaned by midnight. If tailgating areas are unavailable to collect your materials due to road closure or contraflow traffic, we ask that you be ready to move out when the roads reopen.

8. Driving or parking private vehicles on any and all greenspaces and sidewalks is prohibited.

9. Tents or canopies must be secured and may not utilize stakes that penetrate the ground more than 12 inches; in addition, tents greater than 700 square feet or tents greater than 400 square feet with sides require a University inspection in accordance withUniversity Policy. Download the form here.Tents may not obstruct sidewalks, drive lanes or pedestrian walkways. Tailgating amenities including furniture, grills, generators, cables or satellite dishes may not obstruct sidewalks, drive lanes or pedestrian walkways.

10. All BBQ grills, propane or otherwise, should be attended to at all times. Fires built on the ground and open fire pit devices are prohibited. All devices must have a cover capable of reducing flareups and ashes and so units can be moved quickly in emergency situations.

11. Only recreational generators are authorized for tailgating...the noise level cannot exceed 80 DB.

12. It is unlawful to utilize University electricity for tailgating. Please do not plug into any university outlet or power panel for personal use.

13. Use of motorized recreational vehicles, including four-wheelers, golf carts, mules, gators, scooters, motorized skateboards, etc., is prohibited.

14. Pets are not allowed to run at large in tailgating sites or on campus and must be leashed at all times according to local leash laws. Furthermore, animals shall not be left unattended or secured to university property. Clean up after your pet.

15. Dispose of all trash in trash receptacles located in tailgating areas or pack it out. Tailgating sites should be kept clean throughout the day. Trash belongs in a bag or can, not on the ground. Hot coals must be doused and properly disposed of in specially designated Coal Dumpsters to prevent fires. The disposal of grease, hot coals or hazardous materials onto the grounds or into storm drains is prohibited.

16. Any person damaging University property will be responsible for the cost of repairs; including damages to grass from cooking grease and sprinkler damage.

17. Texas A&M University, Texas A&M Athletics, University Police Department and Transportation Services Department reserve the right to refuse service to anyone at any time — inappropriate behavior will result in the permanent loss of all parking and tailgating privileges.

18. Texas A&M University is not responsible or liable for accidents, damage, loss or theft of materials/items/personal property left overnight.

19. According to Texas A&M University Rules, solicitations and commercial activities require approval of the University Concessions Committee.

20. Amplified live bands will not permitted in any tailgating site.

21. In case of emergency, call 911. For non-emergencies call University Police at 979.845.2345.




SITE-SPECIFIC RULES




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 these additional Site-Specific Rules.



 
 
 

AGGIE PARK (formerly Spence Park)

1. Tents may be secured by using stakes which penetrate the ground to a maximum depth of 12 inches. If your tent cannot be safely secured using a depth of less than 12 inches we recommend you contact the manufacturer to recommend alternative forms of ballast or use a combination of smaller tents.

2. Recreational Generators will be permitted in this area. They must be not to exceed 80 db. Special care and consideration should be taken when managing fuel and extension cords affiliated with the generator. The generators must be kept within the immediate area of the tailgate and cannot be placed on sidewalks or infringe on another tailgate site.

3. BBQ Grills on trailers are prohibited in Aggie Park. Small grills that can be carried by one or two persons are suitable.

4. Delineating perimeters ("staking ground") for tailgate sites is prohibited overnight in Aggie Park. With the existing lighting in Aggie Park, these delineations can become a trip hazard after dark, especially for students leaving midnight yell.

5. Driving or parking private vehicles on green spaces is prohibited. Tailgating supplies must be carried by hand to the site from the designated loading areas on Houston Street and Throckmorton Street.

6. No parking accommodations are made for Guests in this area. Guests must purchase a parking space for their vehicle in areas designated for public parking.

7. Houston Street will be closed four hours before the start of the game and will reopen one hour after the game ends or when traffic clears.

8. In case of emergency, call 911. For non-emergencies call University Police at 979.845.2345.

REED ARENA GRASS

1. Tents may be secured by using stakes which penetrate the ground to a maximum depth of 12 inches. If your tent cannot be safely secured using a depth of less than 12 inches we recommend you contact the manufacturer to recommend alternative forms of ballast or use a combination of smaller tents.

2. Generators are permitted in this area and must be equipped with a noise reducing device (manufacturer-approved cover or muffler). Special care and consideration should be taken when managing fuel and extension cords affiliated with generators.

3. All sidewalks, drive lanes and fire lanes must be kept clear of all equipment and vehicles. Cords, generators, satellite dishes, etc. must be confined to allotted space and cannot be stretched across drive lanes.

4. Driving or parking private vehicles on any and all greenspaces and sidewalks is prohibited.

5. 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.

6. In case of emergency, call 911. For non-emergencies call University Police at 979.845.2345.



 
 
 

OVERSIZED VEHICLE SITES (NEAR LOT 65)

1. Oversized Vehicle Sites are designed for buses, vans, and trailers that might be used for tailgating, but do not meet requirements for RV Lots and are too large for regular parking lot designation. These Oversized Vehicle spaces may be reserved through Transportation Services at 979.862.6585.

2. Generators must be equipped with a noise reducing device (manufacturer-approved cover or muffler). Special care and consideration should be taken when managing fuel and extension cords affiliated with generators.

3. No parking accommodations are made for Guests in this area. Guests must purchase a parking space for their vehicle in areas designated for public parking.

4. All sidewalks, drive lanes and fire lanes must be kept clear of all equipment and vehicles. Cords, generators, satellite dishes, etc. must be confined to allotted space and cannot be stretched across drive lanes.

5. In case of emergency, call 911. For non-emergencies call University Police at 979.845.2345.



 
 
 

RESERVED TENT SITES AND VISITING TEAM SPECIAL EVENT SITES

Tailgate Guys will offer a range of full service, turnkey tailgating services to guests located in Simpson Drill Field, just north of Kyle Field, and the player development field located south of Kyle Field.

All tailgating equipment, which include tents, tables, chairs and even full media packages, will be set up in advance. Guests will also have the option to reserve coolers filled with ice, paper products and utensils, as well as several choices for full-service catering. Tailgate Guys will set up, tear down and clean up your site.

Tailgate packages are now available for reservation for the 2017 season. Additional information can be found by visiting www.tailgateguys.com or by calling 979-775-1700.