Gameday and Tailgating FAQs
Frequently Asked Questions
- Why did Texas A&M develop a plan for responsible tailgating?
- What are Open Access sites?
- What kinds of safety concerns relate to tailgating?
- What steps should I take in setting up my tent/canopy?
- Can you explain the purpose of the alcohol-free zone and tell me if it includes the Zone Club or the suites in Kyle Field?
- May I use a generator?
- If I am not allowed to use a generator, what are my options?
- What size pit/grill may I use?
- How should I dispose of hot coals?
- Where can people with disabilities park and still have easy access to Kyle Field?
- What is the "Fan Zone" around Kyle Field?
- Where are restrooms located?
- Can I promote an off-campus event from a tailgating site?
- Whom do I contact if I have questions or concerns about tailgating?
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.
The rationale for the rule regarding the size of pits/grills is as follows.
- The size and weight of the rigs has caused damage to both the greenscape and trees, particularly in inclement weather.
- 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.
- 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.
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 (PDF) 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.