Whether you are hosting a tailgate spot or just attending, here is everything you need to know about tailgating during Homecoming & Family Weekend.

Please review the tailgating policies and regulations thouroughly before reserving a tailgating spot.  

Reserving a tailgating spot is open to all campus departments, student organizations, and alumni groups, as well as family and friend gatherings.
In this spot request form, you will have the option to rent a 10'x10' tent through the university for a $50 fee or you may bring your own.  This fee must be paid as you complete your request.  Credit card accepted only.

Tailgating Tips & Best Practices

Things provided in the tailgating area:

  • Trash cans
  • Recycle bins
  • Water from Water Monster
  • Smilebooth photobooth
  • Food for purchase at the Bon Appetit tent
  • Charcoal containers for disposal

Food, Beverage & Catering:

  • Alcohol will not be available for purchase in the tailgating area this year. However, tailgaters are allowed to bring and consume their own alcohol, as long as they are following the tailgating policies. ID's will be checked at the tailgating entrances to ensure that those consuming alcohol are 21 and over.  Please bring identification if you plan on consuming alcohol in the tailgating area.
  • Prepare food in advance so you don't spend the whole time cooking, or if you do not have a way to cook on-site.
  • Have your attendees chip in an bring items.
  • Hire a catering service, like Bon Appetit (Jack Norman, 512-428-1019 or jack.norman [at] cafebonappetit.com).
  • Be sure to have a way to keep hot foods warm and cold foods cold.
  • Stock up on napkins, plates, cups and untensils for your guests.
  • Ask people to donate, chip-in or charge to cover costs.  
  • Rope off your tent area and wristband your attendees to control access.

Activities, Seating and Set-up:

  • Get volunteers to come early and help set-up your tailgating area.
  • Bring games for people to play, like ladder golf, bean bags/cornhole, kanjam.
  • Decorate your tent and/or have a sign so that your students, alumni, friends and/or family can find you.
  • Have people bring their own folding chairs.
  • If you have stuff that needs power, be sure to get a generator, or try for battery operated items. There is no access to electricity in the tailgating area.

Request a spot