Auburn footballThe countdown clock is slowly ticking away to the big game of the season: Auburn vs. Clemson on September 3rd, 2016. We know you’re all super-excited about the game, and you’re probably already planning your tailgating activities for the day itself. There are some important rules to remember though for attending this and every other home game this season.

When to Start Tailgating

First off you are not permitted to begin tailgating until 4pm on the Friday of any game, although this time can change depending on a number of factors.

It’s also important to note that you cannot reserve parking spaces in the university car park or any of the nearby parking decks by using tents, chairs, tables, tape, stakes, rope, or anything else that would indicate you’re trying to reserve that space for personal use. Any items you use to reserve “tailgating spaces” in this manner will be removed without notice.

Locations for Tailgating:

To avoid the above situations you can use any of a number of locations near Jordan-Hare which are suitable for you and your friends to set up your tailgate party. These include:

  • Hayfields – free parking starts at 2pm the day before a home game. RVs are welcome.
  • Wallace Center Lawn – Not only do you get the chance to tailgate, but there’s also a big-screen TV here for everyone to enjoy
  • Intramural Field – this site now has 65 additional tailgating spots, all free of charge
  • Ag Heritage Park – if you want a trouble-free tailgating experience you should check out the packages on offer here
  • Campus Green – if you’re looking for a truly unique tailgate experience, then you need to check out the ‘Tailgate Guys’ who operate here
  • Weagle Woods – this is a brand new tailgating area just off Lem Morrison Drive

There are also six designated points where you can unload your vehicle, with the assistance of staff to make sure that everything goes smoothly for you. These locations are Mell Street Station, Transportation Tech Center, Goodwin Music Hall, Thach Avenue, and the Intramural Fields and Facilities Division location. Please double check the operating hours of these drop-off points for before, during and after each home game.

Permits & Other Rules:

You’ll require a special permit if you’re planning any kind of outdoor entertainment that involves a powered sound system, and this permit must be requested two weeks in advance of the game.
Cooking up a storm is part of any great tailgate party, but please do bear in mind that no grill or BBQ should be placed within 50 feet of any campus building, or in any area not specifically designated for cooking food. Please also ensure that all grills and fires are properly extinguished before leaving.
Enjoy the football season and War Eagle!