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Sep 2, 2015

Student Organization Football Tailgating Guidelines

Sep 2, 2015 by LU Student Engagement

Tailgating at Lamar University is a vibrant tradition built around friendship, school spirit, and Cardinal Athletics. We strive to promote a family-friendly environment at Tailgating that can be enjoyed by all Cardinal fans. Please be respectful of those surrounding you, being mindful of your choice of language and volume of music.

Student organizations participating in Tailgating are responsible for the conduct of themselves and their guests, and are expected to respect the rights of others and the entire University community.


Claiming Your Tailgating Spot

Lamar University Student Organizations have the opportunity to tailgate in a designated section of Parking Lot A-5 (north side of the Montagne Center) on game day for football games. Each student organization may set up in no more than 4 contiguous parking spots. These spots can be claimed by using a flag placed in an appropriate receptacle to mark their spot. This spot will be the responsibility of the student organization for the remainder of the day. Tailgating spots can be claimed beginning at 10:30 am on Game Day.


Sprint for Your Spot - #PeckEm Run

Before claiming a spot, Student Organizations will gather in Parking Lot A-5 around 10:15 am on home game Saturdays. A starting line will be marked, and a representative from each organization will line up. At the "GO" signal at 10:30, each representative will run to their desired tailgating spot. The Tailgating Coordinator will come around with flags to mark each group's designated spot.


Parking Passes For Unloading Only

Passes are available to use to drive in only and unload for your tailgate. Cars cannot remain in the Parking Lot A-5. This convenience will be available to unload and drop off only. Each student organization that has already claimed their spot will be given an unloading pass by designated personnel.


General Guidelines

  1. Tailgating is restricted to the space in the front and/or rear of your assigned lot. Do not obstruct the driving lane.
  2. No solicitation, selling, or marketing of any kind is allowed.
  3. Pets or any other animals are not allowed in the tailgating area, with the exception of service animals.
  4. Stereo speakers must be at a volume that will not disrupt other guests.
  5. Student organizations participating in Tailgating must designate two Student Tailgating Coordinators.
    1. The Student Tailgating Coordinators must attend each Tailgating event and be on site at all times, represent the group throughout the season, and be responsible for working with his or her group to uphold University policies.
    2. Individuals working the Tailgating area will inform the Staff Tailgating Coordinator or designee immediately of any observed problems.
  6. Individuals participating in Tailgating are responsible for securing their belongings. Food, beverages, chairs, ice chests, and others valuables should be tended to at all times.
  7. Tents and canopies must be anchored appropriately by using sandbags, water barrels, or weights. Unanchored tents/canopies can easily be blown over and present a safety hazard.
  8. Any person damaging University property will be responsible for the cost of repairs including but not limited to damage to parking lot area.

Cooking and Grilling

  1. Only approved cooking appliances may be used. Approved cooking appliances are limited to:
    1. Charcoal or propane grills
    2. Wood-fired pits/smokers
    3. Electric smokers
  2. All fires must be contained within approved cooking appliances. Fire pits and open fires on the ground are not allowed.
  3. Any organization using an approved cooking appliance must provide a working fire extinguisher and a person knowledgeable in its operation.
  4. Extinguish fires thoroughly with water before leaving them unattended.

Clean Up

  1. Student organizations must clean their assigned Tailgating area before departing for the game, or 30 minutes before kickoff. Failure to clean Tailgating spaces could result in fines and/or the loss of future tailgating privileges.
  2. All trash/recyclable items must be picked up and sorted into proper receptacles. This includes trash around your assigned area. Trash should be in closed bags or trash containers. You are responsible for providing your own trash bags.
  3. All leftover food/beverages must be placed in proper containers and stored.
  4. Unplug all electrical devices and store them securely.

Risk Management

Student organizations that tailgate must follow these risk management guidelines:

  1. Obey all city and state laws and Lamar University rules and regulations.
  2. The Lamar University Student Code of Conduct remains in effect at all times.
  3. The student organization’s Tailgating Coordinators must be present at all times.
  4. Educate all organization members and guests about tailgating policies.
  5. Do not transport individuals in the back of pickup trucks. Do not allow individuals to stand in or on vehicles.
  6. Lamar University is not responsible or liable for accidents, damage, loss, or theft of property in the Tailgating area.
  7. Glass bottles and containers, kegs and drinking games are not allowed in any Tailgating area.

Tailgating areas will be patrolled by Lamar University Police and other designated personnel. Any people or organizations in violation of these Tailgating Guidelines may be asked to leave the Tailgating area or the campus. Persons acting in a disruptive, disrespectful, or disorderly manner will be asked to leave the premises and may be subject to citation.


The following representatives from the Division of Student Engagement reserve the right to remove any person or Student Organization from the Student Tailgating area for violating these guidelines: