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Family Weekend Tailgating Guidelines

Tailgating on football game day is a wonderful and long-standing tradition at Texas Tech University. The Association's tailgating policy is designed to ensure:

  • The comfort and enjoyment of game day patrons;
  • The safety, security, and well-being of all people associated with game day activities;
  • The safeguarding and preservation of all public property under the management of the University.

Tents, Awnings, Etc.
The Association will provide and set up one tent for each chapter. Erecting additional tents, awnings, and similar equipment may commence four hours immediately preceding the game. Except the tent provided by the Association, chapters are encouraged to take down and securely store all tailgating items prior to the start of the game. Otherwise, all tents, awnings, and similar equipment and any cooker must be taken down and removed immediately following the game. The Association, Parent & Family Relations and Texas Tech University shall not be responsible for any items lost or stolen.

Any such items that are set up outside of this timeframe, collapse or are blown off their sites, or are left after 10:00 a.m. the day immediately following game day will be disposed of by the University at its discretion.

Tents, awnings, similar items, and tailgating activities of any kind are restricted to the Association’s designated location.

Tailgating activity that interferes with vehicle movement within a parking lot is prohibited. In order to protect parking lot surfaces, tents, awnings, and similar items that require ground stakes are prohibited. However, tents, awnings, and similar equipment must be securely anchored.

The Association provides and locates portable toilets at convenient locations around the grounds.

Generators may be used so long as they do not damage University property. If a generator is placed on a grassy area it must rest on a board or other hard material to protect the grass and soil beneath. The hooking into, connecting to, or similar use of University utilities and/or television or communication cable services is prohibited.

Grilling, Fires
All fires must be contained within grills or other containers listed and approved specifically for cooking or heating and must have a lid. No open flame cooking is allowed. Fires built on the ground and open, firepit devices are prohibited. BBQ grills and smokers are not allowed on any grass area and must be attended at all times. Grills, smokers or other open flame and heat producing devices shall be minimum of 25 feet away from combustible structures or 10 feet away from non-combustible structures, and shall not obstruct the ingress or egress from the parking lot.

Extinguish charcoal fires thoroughly with water before leaving them unattended. Extinguish charcoal in designated containers or remove it from campus for proper disposal to prevent fires. Do not dump charcoal on the ground, in trash cans or in dumpsters.

During football games barrels are placed in each parking lot where tailgating is allowed. These barrels are marked for disposal of hot coals. The disposal of hot coals, grease or hazardous materials onto the grounds or into storm drains is prohibited. Anyone leaving a parking lot with a live fire in a grill or smoker is subject citation and will be detained until fully extinguished. All sidewalks, driveways, fire lanes and parking lot driving lanes must be kept clear for safety reasons.

The use of propane grills is encouraged. The maximum size propane gas cylinder allowed is 20 lbs. (5 gallon water capacity). A maximum of one spare cylinder is allowed at any cooking location and shall be located a minimum of 10 feet from the cooking or heating operation. While in use and in storage, propane gas cylinders shall be secured in the upright position or positioned so that the pressure relief valve is in direct communication with the vapor space of the cylinder.

Tents shall be UL approved and have a Fire Resistive Rating Label. Tents/canopies used in grilling area shall be completely open on all sides. Cooking and heating shall not be conducted in enclosed tents. A means to properly extinguish or turn off cooking or heating devices shall be provided (i.e. fire extinguisher, gas control valve, etc.).

Vehicles entering the Texas Tech Parents Association tailgating area must fit easily between the lines in a standard parking lot spot. A hanging pass is required for a vehicle to enter the Texas Tech Parents Association tailgating area.

Trailers, campers and RV vehicles are prohibited from the Association’s designated tailgating lot.

Trailer parking is available on campus at other designated sites. Contact the Red Raider Club for additional parking information.

Texas Tech’s temporary food service and special event guidelines and requirements are excellent to keep in mind when preparing and serving food.

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