Tailgating Toppers

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

Game Day Tailgating will take place on Saturday, February 18, 2017.  Set-up can begin as early as 9 a.m. and tear-down must be complete by 6 p.m. Please review the tailgating policies and regulations thoroughly and check the FAQ page for answers to questions you may have about tailgating on campus.

Homecoming Tailgate Grilling

Homecoming Tailgate 2016

Homecoming Tailgate

Tailgate spot sign up is closed! For more information on tailgating during Homecoming & Family Weekend or if you have questions, contact Michelle Mowry at 512-637-5644 or michelmo [at] stedwards.edu​​

Groups Tailgating

Tailgate tent times vary by group, so be sure to check any tailgate spot invites for exact start and end times.

Residence Life Pavilions Tailgate
11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Residence Life invites our current students, alumni, faculty, families and guests to visit our tailgate tent! Join us for some free food and snacks, games and take a look at our newest Hilltop housing, The Pavilions. Talk with staff about our new facility, step in to our photo booth and take home some swag.  Current students can also enter in to a drawing for a free semester of housing valued up to $5,000!

The Bill Munday School of Business Tent 
noon - 3 p.m.
Join us back on the hilltop for an afternoon of spirited games, good conversation and refreshing brews -- donated by Zilker Brewing Company. The Bill Munday School of Business will host a tent in the UFCU Alumni Gym parking lot during Homecoming & Family Weekend 2017. Stop by, say hello and feel the Hilltopper spirit.

SEU Rowing Club Tailgate
11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Join SEU Crew for the 2017 Homecoming tailgate! We will be at the SEU Campus for a tailgate and some burgers and hot dogs! From then on, you are free to spend time with your child or hang out with other members of crew and make some memories! We are open to anyone but the food we will be serving will be for those who were invited only.

Tailgating Tips & Best Practices

Things provided in the tailgating area:

  • Tent, tables and chairs, If requested through the spot request form
  • Trash cans
  • Recycle bins
  • Water from Water Monster
  • Smilebooth photo booth
  • Food available for purchase by local vendor
  • 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, and wristbands will be administered, at the tailgating entrances to ensure that those consuming alcohol are 21 and over.  Security will monitor the tailgating area to ensure that only those patrons with wristbands are consuming alcohol. 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 contribute and bring their own food or drinks. 
  • Please be sure you are following the tailgating food safety tips.
  • 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 utensils for your guests.
  • Although the sale of alcohol is prohibited, you can ask people to donate, chip-in or collect a general fee to cover costs.  Charging for food is allowed.
  • If you want to restrict access to your tailgating area, consider roping off your tent area and wristbanding your attendees to avoid having general attendees assuming your area is open to the public.

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, and 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.
  • The sale of merchandise is allowed in your tailgating area. 
  • 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.