Tailgating in Aggieland

Tailgating on campus at Texas A&M University is a privilege. The University is responsible for determining what areas are set aside for reserved tailgating and which areas are available for “Land Rush.” Due to the growth of the University, these designated areas can change from year to year and the availability of “Land Rush” areas can change on a weekly basis due to the following:

  1. College Game Day
  2. SEC Nation
  3. Parsons Mounted Cavalry
  4. Athletic Teams
  5. Organized Student Groups
  6. Weather
  7. Reserved Tailgates (Contract)

Tailgaters who choose to participate in “Land Rush” may mark a spot that has not been set-aside for one or all of the seven previously listed circumstances. One or more past “Land Rush” locations does not entitle that group preferred preference for future games for that same spot. Unless impacted by game date/time, “Land Rush” will remain first come first serve at noon on the day prior to game day.

Tailgating on campus at Texas A&M University has increased over the last several years and we anticipate that it will continue to grow in the future. Increased participation has led to more concerns for safety and possible damage to University property. Tailgating rules have been put into place to address these concerns and ensure that the game day experience remains friendly, fun, and safe!



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: 2013)



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 and the use of alcoholic beverages are prohibited on the Memorial Student Center (MSC) lawn, Simpson Drill Field (except in designated locations), the All Faiths Chapel grounds, on Penberthy Intramural Fields, within delineated perimeter of athletic venues and inside university facilities, unless otherwise designated.

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. 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. Tents greater than 400 square feet with sides require a University inspection in accordance withUniversity Policy. Download the form here.

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 for safety.

11. Only recreational generators are authorized for tailgating. Noise levels may not exceed 80 DB. Generators must be located within the immediate tailgate site.

12. Use of university electricity for tailgating is prohibited. 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. In case of emergency, call 911. For non-emergencies, call University Police at 979-845-2345.

21. Amplified bands and loud music are not permitted in any tailgating site.

22. Portable toilets may not be moved from their assigned spots in order to accommodate a particular tailgate. Also, request cannot be made to portable toilet vendors to set up toilets at individual tailgates. Request can be made as to the placement of toilets in order to better accommodate the tailgate population.




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. Olsen Blvd will be closed four hours before the start of the game between Kimbrough and Rec Center Drive. It will reopen after kickoff. Many west campus streets close again during the 3rd quarter until 90 minutes after the game ends or when traffic clears.

7. 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.





Frequently Asked Questions



  1. Why did Texas A&M develop a plan for responsible tailgating?
  2. I have never tailgated before. What do I do?
  3. What are Open Access sites?
  4. What kinds of safety concerns relate to tailgating?
  5. What steps should I take in setting up my tent/canopy?
  6. May I use a generator?
  7. What size pit/grill may I use?
  8. How should I dispose of hot coals?
  9. Where can people with disabilities park and still have easy access to Kyle Field?
  10. What is the "Fan Zone" around Kyle Field?
  11. Where are restrooms located?
  12. Where can I get some relief for my pet attending my tailgate?
  13. Can I promote an off-campus event from a tailgating site?
  14. Whom do I contact if I have questions or concerns about tailgating?



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.

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.




MAY I USE A GENERATOR?

Generators may be used in all sites. They must be classified as recreational generators with a noise level not to exceed 80 db.




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 88 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. 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 George Bush Dr. 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. Reed Arena and Blue Bell Park will be open to tailgaters for restroom use. There will also be four nursing areas for mothers in first aid rooms in both venues. Other campus buildings are not open for public restroom use. Portable toilets are located throughout Aggie Park and around other campus buildings and parking lots.




WHERE CAN I GET RELIEF FOR MY PET ATTENDING MY TAILGATE?

The College of Veterinary Medicine teaching hospital is helping provide a Doggie Hydration Station, with water and misting fans for our canine friends that are attending the tailgates, located at the Pavilion inside Aggie Park for each home game.




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.