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Tailgating Policies and Procedures

Respectful Environment
Tailgating Locations
General Guidelines
Alcohol Consumption
Food Consumption/Preparation
Sales and Solicitations

I. Overview

Tailgating has long been a tradition with sporting events, especially on the collegiate level.  Nothing is better than gathering with other Wolves fans, fellow classmates, alumni, friends, or family before home athletic events.

Tailgating is permitted on campus in parking lots and green space in and around campus buildings.  Please follow all guidelines related to food/grilling, clean-up and risk management policies. For the purpose of this policy, consumption of alcohol is governed by procedures described in Section 5 of this policy. 

II. Respectful Environment

Tailgating is a lively and family-friendly environment.  While we want you to have an exciting experience, we ask that you be respectful of those surrounding you, being mindful of your choice of language and activity.  Groups are personally responsible for making sure their guests act appropriately.  Individuals are expected to conduct themselves in a manner respectful of the nature and character of the university. Persons acting in a disruptive, disrespectful or disorderly manner may be asked to leave the premises or be subject to citation. Students may also be charged with a violation of the Code of Student Conduct. Please keep all music and audio at a volume level that is respectful of your tailgating neighbors. We want the tailgating experience to be enjoyed by all.

III. Tailgating Locations

A. Athletics Complex (Football, Softball, Soccer)

The University of West Georgia invites and encourages our fans to enjoy a great tailgate atmosphere prior to each Wolves’ home intercollegiate game.  Tailgating in designated parking spaces, which limit other spaces from being occupied by a vehicle, is not permitted.  Tailgating in any traffic lanes or pedestrian pathways is not permitted. 

1. Registered Tailgating Events by UWG Student Groups- Football Practice Field Locations (limited to home football games)

The football practice fields have been designated as the primary tailgating area for UWG students.  All student groups or organizations must complete a tailgate reservation form no later than 7 days prior to kickoff to secure a desired location in our Student Zone Tailgate Party area. Groups of 25 persons or larger may reserve tailgate “plots” by contacting the UWG Athletic Department at 678-839-6533.  Tents may also be leased from UWG Athletics for $25 per tent per game by completing the Tailgate Reservation Form.

2. Tailgating Captains-Student Groups Only (limited to home football games)

Each student group wishing to participate in the Student Zone Tailgating will designate a minimum of two “Tailgate Captains” to attend each event (being on site at all times).  Tailgate Captains will represent their group throughout the season and be responsible for working with their group to uphold university policies.  If a group expects more than 100 participants, they must have at least a third Captain on site at all times.  All tailgate captains will attend an informational/training session prior to each game.

Tailgating by Individuals (Students or Others)

Students, faculty, staff, and guests may tailgate even if they are not a part of registered group. Individuals who choose to do so are responsible for following all parts of this policy.

3. Opening/Closing

Tailgating areas will be open for individuals to enter the Athletic Complex at 9:00 a.m. on the day of the game. Student Zone Tailgating (3, a,ii) will not be open until 3 hours prior to kickoff.  All events and activities must end 30 minutes prior to game time.  Stadium public bathrooms will not be accessible until the ticket gates open 90 minutes prior to kick-off.  A limited number of portable toilets will be on site.

4. Tents

Tents with stakes shorter than 12-inches may be set up at any time prior to kickoff.  Permits are required for any tent with stakes that are 12-inches or longer.  Tent permit requests may be obtained from UWG Athletics at 678-839-6533.

5. Special Permits

Special permits are required for outdoor entertainment events with amplified sound.  Permit requests must be submitted at least 14 days in advance and must include a list of required information for the request to be approved.  Amplified sounds permit requests may be obtained from UWG Athletics at 678-839-6533.  The outdoor entertainment permit will specify the location and other requirements to ensure that the event is conducted in a safe manner.  If the event also requires a tent with stakes 12-inches or longer, a tent permit must be obtained first as outlined in the previous section.  Special event permits are not site reservations.

B. Coliseum and Cole Field 

Tailgating for basketball and baseball is permitted in parking lots and green space in around these facilities.  All general policies, procedures and guidelines are to be followed. 

IV. General Guidelines that Apply to All Tailgating

A. Clean-Up

Please keep UWG beautiful by placing all trash and recycling in the proper bins located throughout the tailgate areas, RV lots, and facilities for your convenience.  All groups are responsible for making sure their assigned tailgating area is cleaned prior to departing for the game.  Immediately at the conclusion of tailgating (30 minutes prior to the start of the game):

• All trash/recyclable items must be picked up and sorted into proper receptacles.  This includes trash around your assigned area.  Trash should be closed in bags or trash containers.
• While tobacco use is strongly discouraged, all cigarette butts must be picked up.
• All leftover food/beverages must be placed in proper containers and stored.
• All clean-up procedures must be completed before entering the stadium.

Tailgating spaces not completely cleaned prior to the start of an event could result in the group’s loss of future tailgate privileges.

B. Food/Grilling

Groups may bring their own picnic items and food to their tailgate area.  Grilling permitted, but all grills must be elevated.  All fires must be contained within grills.  Extinguish charcoal fires thoroughly with water before leaving them unattended.  Please remove extinguished charcoal from campus for disposal.  Do not dump charcoal on the ground or in dumpsters.  Please be advised that grilling may be prohibited in a time of drought or extremely dry conditions. Should this be a consideration, proper announcements will be made on University websites and in the local media during the week preceding an affected game date.  UWG Athletics is working with its Corporate Partners to provide food and beverages in the student tailgating area (Stadium Only) for those who do not have a means of providing their own.

C. Risk Management

Groups tailgating must follow these risk management policies:

• Do not transport individuals in the back of trucks.  Nor should persons be allowed to stand in or on the vehicles.
• Have food available to avoid the effects of drinking alcohol beverages on an empty stomach.
• Provide plenty of non-alcoholic beverages.  If alcoholic beverages are present, designate at least one member of the group as the “designated tailgater” so they can monitor those who may over indulge. 
• Educate ALL group members and guests about the tailgate policies.
• Contact University Police (678-839-6000) for all emergencies.

V. Alcohol Consumption

In accordance with the University of West Georgia’s Alcohol Policy, tailgating with alcohol is only allowed at major events which are designated by the President on an annual basis.  Participants in tailgating parties are expected to follow all relevant laws and policies, including not serving alcohol to anyone under 21 years of age, not giving alcoholic beverages to any obviously intoxicated person, and not driving while intoxicated.

Consumption of alcohol outside designated areas and/or time periods constitutes a violation of The University of West Georgia tailgating policy. Violators are subject to prosecution under the University of West Georgia Code of Student Conduct, and/or the laws of the City of Carrollton and Carroll County, and the laws of the State of Georgia. Any participant who consumes alcoholic beverages at such events must be able to produce a valid driver’s license or other photo ID that reflects the person’s age upon request.

Alcohol will be permitted in the tailgating area. Groups are responsible for making sure only those who are 21 years of age or older consume alcohol.  All beverages, including alcohol, must be in opaque cups.  All alcoholic beverages must remain in coolers or closed containers.

Prohibited Uses:

• Kegs and other common containers are not allowed at any time.
• Glass containers are not allowed except to hold alcohol in its original bottled package in your cooler or closed container.
• Drinking games (included but not limited to beer pong), and the use of devices intended to accelerate the consumption of alcohol (including but not limited to funnels or beer bongs) are prohibited.
• Consumption of alcoholic beverages on any other part of the campus or on public streets that run through or are adjacent to the campus is prohibited.

VI. Consumption and Preparation of Food

• No food may be sold without proper University permit (Auxiliary Services).
• Propane and charcoal grills are the only permissible sources of heat for cooking. Burned coals and/or residue from cooking may not be permitted to make contact with the paved surface of the parking lot. Hot coals must be completely extinguished with water prior to leaving the tailgating site.
• Open flame fires, including fire pits, are prohibited.

VII. Sales and Solicitation

• No sales activities or solicitation are allowed on the University campus, including any/all tailgating areas, without permission from the appropriate University office, i.e. Auxiliary Services.
• Only Auxiliary Services or their designated representatives will be allowed to sell merchandise.

For more information, please contact Eddie Duffey at eduffey@westga.edu or 678-839-3962.