Fayetteville Policies and Procedures  804.1

Tailgating and Game Day Outdoor Use Policy

The original PDF version of this policy is linked from the revised date below.

Tailgating at the University of Arkansas is a cherished part of the Razorback game day tradition, but with the celebration comes responsibility. Please follow the policies to ensure a wonderful home game experience.

The heart of tailgating at the University of Arkansas is The Gardens, located south of Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium near Bud Walton Arena, as well as the many scholarship parking lots and green spaces surrounding the football stadium.

Please note that this Tailgating and Outdoor Space Use Policy and other university policies governing such activities are subject to review and revision or clarification as necessary. It is the responsibility of every person or group using university property on game day to be familiar with and abide by this policy and all applicable university policies.

  1. Policy Purpose
    This policy is designed to achieve many important objectives, including ensuring the comfort and enjoyment of all game day patrons; enhancing the safety, security, and well-being of all staff responsible for game day activities; and safeguarding and preserving all University property and facilities. These policies apply to all University property on game days and as further described below.

  2. Permissible Areas
    Scholarship permit holders are permitted to tailgate in the areas surrounding the permit holder's assigned scholarship parking lot. A scholarship parking permit does not provide access to park in University of Arkansas parking lots prior to 5 p.m. on Friday, and such parking is also subject to all restrictions and limitations printed on the parking permit.

    Corporate/commercial tailgates, for which the sponsors display commercial- or business-related signage, banners, or marketing items or charge participants, require prior approval by the University of Arkansas. Prime reserved spaces for tailgating are available at The Gardens. Please contact the Athletics Marketing Office at (479) 575-3517 to receive appropriate approvals for tailgating in the vicinity of all athletics facilities or to purchase a reserved spot in The Gardens.

    Tailgating for personal entertainment and non-commercial purposes is permitted throughout campus on game day, subject to all other provisions of this policy and other applicable university policies and upon advance approval by the University of Arkansas Facilities Management Department at (479) 575-3851.

    Public parking and tailgating is permitted in the Baum Stadium East parking lot and does not require approval, but is subject to all applicable university policies.

    Bus parking will be on the south side of the Tyson Indoor Track  Facility. Special bus parking arrangements may be made with the Razorback Foundation and must be approved by the University of Arkansas Police Department and Transit and Parking Department.

  3. Signage and Banners
    Banners and signage recognizing businesses may not be displayed, nor may promotional materials be distributed on any portion of the university's campus without the prior approval by the University of Arkansas Athletics Department. However, subject to all other provisions of this policy, branded tents and awnings are permitted as long as the entity is not handing anything out (including food, merchandise or informational material) or soliciting business. University marks, logos or indicia of intellectual property are not to be used in conjunction with a corporation's logo without prior approval from the university. Razorback Sports Properties (RSP) is the university's multimedia rights holder, and RSP possesses the rights to game day signage. Accordingly, only companies that have corporate partnership agreements with university athletics/RSP may display their signage. Companies interested in more information on this subject should contact Razorback Sports Properties at (479) 575-6579.

  4. Solicitation
    Due to the tax-exempt purposes of university property, business solicitation and fundraising on university property are prohibited unless specifically approved by the University of Arkansas. Game day distribution of flyers or leaflets on parked vehicles is expressly prohibited. The University of Arkansas does not allow the sale or distribution of goods and services on the university campus, except as permitted by applicable university policies and governing law.

  5. No Smoking
    As prohibited by state law and university policy, no smoking is permitted on university property at any time. Citations may be issued with fines up to $150.

  6. Political Activity
    Signage regarding political candidates or issues may not be displayed at tailgating locations, nor may political materials be distributed on game day without a space reservation for such purposes by the University of Arkansas. Political tailgates, literature distribution and canvasing for signatures are limited to designated locations. Contact the Athletics Marketing Office at (479) 575-3517 prior to game day for information on the approval process and permissible locations.

  7. Tents, Awnings and Supplies
    Setting up tents, awnings, and similar equipment may commence at 5 p.m. on Friday before a game. If any football game is scheduled on a day of the week other than Saturday, please go to ArkansasRazorbacks.com on game week for potential policy changes for that game only. The items must be taken down and removed by 12 noon on the day immediately following game day. Tents must be secured with anchor weights. Stakes may not be use to anchor any tent or awning. Tents and awnings may not be chained to landscaping or signs.

    Any such items that are set up outside of this time frame or that collapse or are blown off their sites will be removed by the university, at the owner's expense. The campus lost and found, located at the Facilities Management Department, (479) 575-4494, may be contacted for information about how items may be recovered. Items not claimed within 60 days may be disposed of by the university at its discretion and without liability.

    Persons wishing to drop off tailgating supplies in scholarship parking areas are reminded that access to parking lots ends at midnight prior to the games and resumes eight hours (or at Razorback Foundation's discretion) before kickoff. All vehicles entering controlled lots must have the proper parking permit. Anyone leaving tailgating supplies unattended does so at their own risk.

  8. Tents
    • Size: 10' by 10' is the maximum size permitted without advance written permission from the university's Facilities Management Department or the Athletics Marketing Office;
    • Anchoring: In order for movement in an emergency and to avoid damage to pavement or the risk of hitting underground utility lines, tents cannot be staked to the ground. Tents must be secured with anchor weights.
    • Parking lot: Must be set up in a location that does not take another fan's parking space or in any way impede pedestrian or vehicle traffic lanes.
    • Sidewalks: Sidewalks must be left open for pedestrians. Grass area between parking stalls and sidewalks may be used for tailgating.
    • Purpose: Tents must be for fan entertainment only and not for commercial purposes. No commercial business or display may be made without prior approval from University of Arkansas Athletics Marketing Office (479 575-4412)

  9. Trailers
    For 2013 and beyond, trailers are only permitted in the numbered parking spaces in lot 44 and in The Gardens, lot 44 Grass and Baum Stadium West Parking Lot. Tailgating trailers are prohibited in all other areas on campus. PODS and similar type storage boxes are prohibited.

  10. Prohibited Areas
    Tents, awnings, similar items and tailgating activities of any kind are prohibited on several locations including campus sidewalks, intramural fields, student residential areas and landscape spaces that are not designated as "tailgating space" (see map). Tailgating activity that takes up vacant parking spaces or otherwise interferes with vehicle movement within a parking lot is prohibited. Tailgating around scholarship lots will be limited to scholarship permit holders for that lot. A map indicating prohibited tailgating locations is included with this policy.

  11. Vehicles
    Trailers and vehicles are prohibited from parking on the grass except in certain designated tailgating areas. If you have questions about designated areas approved for trailer parking in the lot in which you have a scholarship parking permit, please call the Razorback Foundation at (479) 443-9000. Driving or parking on soft or wet ground is prohibited.

    Only licensed motor vehicles are allowed to park in university parking spaces. For example, even if an individual has two parking permits within a scholarship lot, one parking permit cannot be used for a trailer or cooker, except in designated areas. Only two licensed motor vehicles may park in such parking spaces.

    To ensure the personal safety of campus visitors, only licensed motor vehicles may be used on the streets of the University of Arkansas campus. No non-university ATVs, personal tractors (on- or off-road), non-licensed utility vehicles, golf carts or any off-road vehicles are allowed anywhere on campus, including, but not limited to roadways, sidewalks and the grounds of the university. The rule of thumb is that only "street legal" vehicles may operate on the streets and roadways on the University of Arkansas campus. The only exceptions are utility vehicles used by the University of Arkansas or local law enforcement and emergency personnel for official purposes.

  12. Food, Beverages and Tobacco Use
    Food and beverages shall be for personal consumption only. Sales are prohibited. Propane gas and charcoal grills with covers are permitted, provided, however, that the operator of any grill is responsible for its safe operation as well as for the proper clean up of any ashes. Hot coals may not be placed on the ground and ashes may not be left or dumped on campus property. Depending on environmental and fire risk conditions, the university may prohibit all grilling. Grilling and open flames are prohibited in all University of Arkansas parking garages.

    The public display and consumption of alcoholic beverages is prohibited. The Clean Air on Campus Act of 2009 prohibits smoking on the University of Arkansas Campus. University policy prohibits the use of all tobacco products on campus.

    Each "tailgating party" is expected to dispose of their own trash and recyclables using the existing waste disposal and recycling units provided for by the university. This includes empty fuel containers. Charcoal must be disposed of properly. Please do not place charcoal or other flammables in trashcans, under trees or leave it in the parking areas.

  13. Facilities and Generators
    Hooking into, connecting to, or similar use of university utilities and/or television or communication cable services is prohibited. Use of generators and other electric generating equipment for tailgating is permitted; however, please take noise considerations into account with your operation of generators and portable sound systems for your fellow tailgaters. The university reserves the right to prohibit the use of any generator or sound system deemed disruptive to others.

    The university will provide portable toilets at convenient locations around the grounds. Individuals, groups or businesses are prohibited from bringing or arranging the delivery of their own toilets.

Reformatted for Web March 24, 2014
Revised July 27, 2012
Revised October 7, 2011
August 29, 2010