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, Feb. 16, 2019.  Set-up can begin as early as 11 a.m. and tear-down must be complete by 6 p.m. Please review the Tailgating Guidelines thoroughly and check the FAQ page for answers to questions you may have about tailgating on campus.

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Things provided in the designated tailgating area:

  • Tent, tables and chairs, If reserved through the spot request form
  • Trash cans
  • Recycle bins
  • Food available for purchase by local vendors
  • 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 guidelines. Security will monitor the tailgating areas to ensure that only those patrons of age are consuming alcohol. Please bring identification if you plan on consuming alcohol in the tailgating areas.
  • 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 (Meagan Burkett, 512-428-1019 or meagan.burkett [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.
  • We encourage you to host a tent that is open to attendees, especially campus departments who have the opportunity to connect with students, alumni and family members.  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.

For more information on tailgating during Homecoming & Family Weekend or if you have questions, contact Kyle Clark at 512-637-5644 or kclark13 [at] stedwards.edu (subject: Tailgating%20Question) .