Policies & Procedures
Tailgating is a longstanding tradition before Mizzou football contests, built on the tradition of enjoying the fellowship of friends, the Mizzou Spirit, and great Mizzou Football. The University of Missouri and Mizzou Athletics encourage responsible tailgating in an effort to enhance the game day experience, ensure a safe game day atmosphere to all fans, and preserve the beauty of campus.
University Rules permit the use of alcoholic beverages at tailgate parties or picnic activities at NCAA intercollegiate athletic events only on the day of the event and in the general proximity of the event, including outdoor locations or in outdoor parking areas. In accordance with the alcoholic beverage laws of the State of Missouri, individuals must be at least 21 years old to purchase, possess, or consume alcoholic beverages. The use of alcoholic beverages by members of the University of Missouri community is at all times subject to the alcoholic beverage laws of the State of Missouri.
Individuals, groups and organizations holding or participating in tailgate parties are responsible for their own conduct, and are expected to respect the rights of other and the entire University community.
General Rules for Responsible Tailgating
- Priority parking reserved tailgating areas are reserved for Tiger fans that are members of the Tiger Scholarship Fund (TSF).
- Individuals are responsible for compliance with all local and state laws governing alcohol consumption.
- Any person damaging University property will be responsible for the cost of repairs; including damages to grass from cooking grease and sprinkler damage.
- Green spaces within 15-feet of parking lots are reserved for fans assigned to those parking lots.
- Unless otherwise designated, site setup may begin no earlier than 8 a.m. on the day of an NCAA recognized campus sporting event).
- No overnight occupancy is allowed in tailgating areas. Tailgating sites open at 8:00 a.m. on game day, and must be cleared and cleaned by midnight, or 3 hours after the game (whichever is later).
- Driving or parking private vehicles on any and all green spaces and sidewalks is prohibited.
- Tents or canopies (which may not exceed 10' x 10') must be secured and may not obstruct sidewalks, drive lanes or pedestrian walkways. These structures must be an extension of your vehicle. Tailgating amenities including furniture, grills, generators or satellite dishes may not obstruct sidewalks, drive lanes or pedestrian walk ways.
- Where BBQ grills are permitted, all grills (propane or otherwise) must be attended to at all times. Grills on trailers may not be driven onto green spaces. Hot coals must be doused and properly disposed of in specially designated Hot Coal Bins in order to prevent fires. Fires built on the ground and open fire pit devices are prohibited. Grills are prohibited in all University of Missouri campus parking garages.
- All generators must be equipped with a noise reducing device (manufacturer-approved cover or muffler). Special care and consideration should be taken when managing fuel and extension cords affiliated with generators. Generators are prohibited in all University of Missouri campus parking garages.
- The use of motorized recreational vehicles is prohibited. This list includes, but is not limited to, four-wheelers, golf carts, mules, gators, scooters, and motorized skate boards.
- Pets are not allowed to run at large in tailgating sites or on campus, and must be leashed at all times according to local leash laws. Furthermore, animals shall not be left unattended or secured to university property. Please clean up after your pet.
- Dispose of all trash in trash receptacles located in tailgating areas or pack it out. The disposal of grease, hot coals or hazardous materials onto the grounds or into storm drains is prohibited.
- The sale of food and/or beverage, or any other product is not prohibited. Commercial activity or solicitations are not allowed on campus. Please contact the University of Missouri Business Services Department at (573) 882-7254 for more information, or fill out the Approval to Distribute form.
- Do not remove or move any barricades, barrels or other traffic control devices. All signs and instruction for parking lots must be obeyed.
- The University of Missouri, Mizzou Athletics and The University of Missouri Police Department reserve the right to refuse service to anyone at any time. Inappropriate behavior will result in the permanent loss of all parking and tailgating privileges without refund.
- The University of Missouri is not responsible or liable for accidents, damage, loss or theft of materials, items or personal property brought into our parking areas.
- In case of emergency, dial 911. For non-emergencies, call University Police at (573) 882-7201.
Site-Specific Rules for Responsible Tailgating
- Open-Access sites are any areas that are outside of the 15-foot distance from designated paid or permit parking lots and are not tied to parking privileges. Tailgating is not permitted in these open access sites.
- 2. Driving or parking private vehicles on green spaces is prohibited.
Corporate and/or Reserved Tent Sites
- Corporate and/or Reserved Tent Sites are subject to the above General Rules for Responsible Tailgating, as well as these additional site-specific rules. For information on reserving these sites, please contact Mizzou Sports Properties at (573) 445-6060.
- The person(s) renting Corporate and/or Reserved Tent Sites are responosible for the conduct of their guests. No parking accommodations will be made for guests in this area. Guests must purchase a parking space for their vehicle in areas designated for public parking.
- Caterers must obtain delivery passes from Mizzou Athletics by Wednesday of the week of the game by calling (573) 882-2449.
- In case of emergency, dial 911. For non-emergencies, call University Police at (573) 882-7201.
Please refer to the RV/Bus Parking Rules & Regulations page.
Tips for Enjoying Gameday
- Faurot Field gates open 90 minutes prior to kick-off. Get to your seat early and join the pre-game festivities.
- Watch out for children. They are some of the most loyal fans and will carry on the Mizzou tradition.
- Observe safe principles of operation of barbeque pits and grills and open flame cooking. Properly store flammable liquids. Open flame cooking and alcohol consumption are not allowed in parking garages.
- Don't park or drive on sidewalks or lawns. Refrain from operating privately owned golf carts or unlicensed four wheelers on university property.
- If you serve alcoholic beverages, ensure that you have a sufficient number of designated drivers to accommodate your guests. Serve food and non-alcoholic beverages as well.
- If you drink, drink responsibly and pace your drinking. Know your limit. Watch out for your friends. Drinking laws are strictly enforced.
- Pick up after yourself and your party. Properly dispose of any trash or tailgate paraphernalia.
- Respect the secure access of campus academic buildings.
- Animals must be leashed at all times and should not be left unattended or secured to university property.
- Be respectful of your fellow Tigers who are working on game day. They are there to provide a safe, fun-filled experience for all who attend the games.
- As a reminder, commercial advertising signage and displays are prohibited in tailgate areas.
- Help us keep this a fun, safe and secure experience. If you see something dangerous or disruptive, say something to a university official.
- When do lots open for tailgating?
- The Department's standard parking lot opening times are 8:00 am for all games.
- I'm not a donor. Where can I tailgate?
- There are several options for those wishing to park in close proximity to Memorial Stadium on a single-game basis. There are seven on-campus garages available for game day parking. Most of these garages are free with the exception of the Maryland Ave. Garage located at the corner of Tiger/Maryland Ave. and Hospital Drive, and the new Parking Structure #7, located at the corner of Monk Drive and Virginia Ave. The fee for these two garages is $25 per game.
For those wishing to park in open-air parking lots, there is parking available in the small lot to the immediate south of Lot R on Research Park Drive, as well as in the Dalton Parking Lot located to the north of Lot R on Research Park Drive. These lots will fill quickly and are available on a first come, first served basis for a fee of $25.
Both the on-campus garages as well as the two open-air parking lots are reserved for passenger vehicles only. RVs and Buses will not be allowed to park in these areas. For more information on RV/Bus Parking, click here.
On game days, the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) and the Missouri State Highway Patrol prohibit parking on the shoulder of either side of Providence Rd, from Stadium Blvd south to Reactor Field. Cones are placed on the prohibited areas to facilitate pedestrian walkways to the stadium on Providence Road.
Finally, in general, lots north of Rollins Ave. and east of College Ave. are available to the general public for tailgating. These lots are not controlled by the Athletic Deparment, and no public restroom facilities are available.
- When is the Tiger Walk?
- Tiger Walk – when the football team arrives at the Mizzou Athletic Training Complex and walks across the Pedestrian Bridge and down the south tunnel to its locker room – occurs two hours before kickoff.
- Can I park in the Truman Veterans Hospital lot? When does it open? How much does it cost?
- While this lot is designated as "Family-Friendly", the Athletic Department does not control this lot; it is a private lot run by the VA Hospital, and funds go to that organization. The VA Hospital lot on the corner of Stadium Blvd. and Monk Drive is monitored as a alcohol-free zone and is meant to prevent the presence of open containers.
- What is the size restriction policy for items brought into Memorial Stadium? Why was it implemented?
- It was recommended for security measures and fan comfort that the size of items being brought into Faurot Field not exceed 18" x 16" x 9". Eighteen inches is the average seat width at Faurot Field. Mizzou Athletics must discourage the use of oversized chairback seats as they can often impose on other fans' seat widths sitting nearby.
- What is the gameday tent policy?
- Tents should not exceed 10’ x 10’ and should be placed immediately in front of or behind your vehicle so as to not impede traffic flow.
- Tents will only be allowed in parking lots (and adjacent grass areas) from those with parking passes in those respective lots. In other words, fans may not erect tents in lots in which they do not purchase a parking pass.
- All parking lots at MU are student parking lots until the morning of the game. In addition, as game day approaches the Athletic Department works diligently to prepare the lots for our 60,000+ anticipated guests each Saturday (including mowing, clean-up, temporary restroom placement, etc.). These practices have been impeded by advance tent set-up in previous seasons. Tents may not be set up in advance of game day and not until the lots open on Saturday.
- Parking spaces and tent locations are first-come, first-served for those holding the proper parking pass hangtags in each lot once the lots open on game days, not before.
- All donor parking lots are now secured (i.e. blocked off) on Fridays beginning at 7pm. Cars are not allowed in the lots before the designated Saturday opening times after this time. Cars that are left in the lots overnight on Fridays will be towed. RV's are the only exceptions and are allowed in designated pass-holder lots beginning at 6:00 p.m. on Fridays.
- Why did Mizzou develop a plan for responsible tailgating?
- Tailgating and picnicking before Mizzou athletic events has enjoyed increasing popularity over the last several years and we anticipate that it will continue to grow in the future. Increased participation has led to more safety concerns and damage to the campus. The plan for responsible tailgating was developed to help ensure that the game day experience remains friendly, fun, safe and family-oriented activities celebrating a day of athletic competition.
- What are Open Access sites?
- Open Access Sites are any tailgating areas that are outside of the 15-feet distance from designated parking lots and are not tied to parking privileges. Tailgating is not permitted in these areas.
- What kinds of safety concerns relate to tailgating?
- With the increasing number of fans enjoying tailgating activities on game day, there are increasing concerns about pedestrian safety, fire safety, sanitation, and the responsible consumption of alcoholic beverages.
- What steps should I take in setting up my tent/canopy?
- Tents and canopies (should not exceed 10’ x 10’) should be anchored appropriately (e.g., sandbags, water barrels, stakes.) Unanchored tents/canopies easily can blow over and present a safety hazard as well as causing damage to property. Please help ensure that tailgating and picnicking remain friendly, fun, safe and family-oriented activities for Mizzou Tigers of all ages.
- May I use a generator?
- Generators are allowed in public parking lots and permit parking lots, but not in University Campus Parking garages.
- If I am not allowed to use a generator, what are my options?
- We suggest marine batteries or inverters.
- What size pit/grill may I use?
- Large pits are not allowed in tailgating areas. As a general rule, if it takes more than 2 people to carry it in, it will be too large for the area. Our goal is to have as many Mizzou fans as possible enjoying the unique atmosphere of tailgating. The rationale for the rule regarding the size of pits/grills is as follows:
- The size and weight of the rigs has caused damage to both the greenscape and trees, particularly in inclement weather.
- The movement of large rigs in and out of green spaces causes a risk to pedestrians in the area, whether the rigs are moved by individuals or University employees. ** Grills are not permitted in parking garages on campus.
- How should I dispose of hot coals?
- Hot coals must be doused and properly disposed of in specially designated Coal Bins to prevent fires. Fires built on the ground and open fire pit devices are prohibited.
- Where can people with disabilities park and still have easy access to Faurot Field?
- Individuals with disabilities have two options for parking within close proximity to Faurot Field:
Lot B – Disability Friendly Parking is available on a season long basis to individuals who are members of the Tiger Scholarship Fund. For more information on season long accessible parking contact the Tiger Scholarship Fund at (573) 882-0704.
Lot M – ADA Compliant Accessible Parking is available on a single game basis. Parking passes for this lot will not be sold in advance and are available on a first come, first served basis for the cost of $25. Shuttle carts are available to take patrons from Lot M – ADA to Memorial Stadium.
- Where are restrooms located?
- Permanent restroom facilities are located in the Hearnes Center and Memorial Stadium offers bathroom facilities outside gate 2E and 2W up until 15 minutes before gates open. Portable toilets are located throughout the Sports Park.
- Whom do I contact if I have questions or concerns about tailgating?
- Please direct all feedback to the fan feedback forum on mutigers.com.