Mason Tailgates 2019-2020

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Come celebrate our Patriots before select men’s basketball games this 2019-2020 season!

Join these community-wide celebrations and show your Patriot pride among current students, alumni, and our surrounding community. From a desire to speak to the growing demand for traditional tailgate activities, provide opportunities to bring alumni and students together, and increase school spirit, Mason Tailgates was born!  Though these events we hope to create a strong sense of community, while ensuring a safe environment for all who participate.

Tailgating Rules

Tailgate Rules

Unlawful behavior, public intoxication, underage consumption of alcohol, and behaviors that endangers the public or property are not permitted on university property.  University Police are authorized to enforce university policies and may, at their discretion, restrict or prohibit access to university property.  Individuals or groups who do not comply with this policy or relevant laws may be subject to removal from the tailgate area or university property.  Tailgating activities may be cancelled at the discretion of university officials for reasons of public safety

  • Alcohol consumption during outdoor events and tailgates is regulated by the Code of Virginia section §4.1-308. Public intoxication, vandalism, obscene or harassing behavior, public indecency and violence (or threats of violence) will not be tolerated and should be reported to the nearest law enforcement official or by calling University police at (703) 993-2810.
  • Vehicles, 8 occupants, and personal effects may only occupy two parking spaces; spaces must be immediately adjacent to one another.
  • Campers, recreational vehicles, trailers, party buses and box trucks are prohibited.
  • All containers are subject to search by security services or University Police.
  • The unlawful possession, distribution, or use of drugs or controlled substances is are prohibited.
  • The removal of barricades, warning lines, barrels, or other traffic and pedestrian control devices is strictly prohibited.
  • Driving or parking vehicles on green spaces or sidewalks is prohibited.
  • Vehicles, grills, chairs, and other personal effects may not block roadways, sidewalks, fire hydrants, doorways, or otherwise obstruct pedestrian or vehicle traffic.
  • Professional tailgate services, sale of alcohol, or sale of merchandise is prohibited.

Prohibited items:

  • Glass containers
  • Fireworks
  • Weapons
  • Drones
  • Gasoline powered appliances
  • Fire pits
  • Propane heaters
  • Lasers
  • Tiki torches
  • Rides
  • Portable generators
  • Deep fryers
  • Miniature motorized vehicles
  • Other items deemed dangerous or unsafe by the event organizer

Other Safety Requirements:

  • Pets are permitted on a leash and must remain outside of university buildings.
  • Grills (propane or charcoal) may not be used under a tent, structure, or within 25 feet of a building.
  • All grill ash and coals must be completely extinguished and disposed of in metal fire resistant bins before leaving a grill unattended.
  • Only tents 10 x 10 are smaller are permitted in the tailgate area. All tents must:
    • Be secured by weights or anchors
    • No cooking device or open flame is used under the tent
Students playing cornhole at a tailgate
Mason Students enjoying a tailgate
A woman grilling at a mason tailgate
Dates and Purchase Info

Join your fellow Patriots and hang out before select men’s basketball games this Fall 2019 and Spring 2020!

Mason Tailgates for the 2019-2020 season will be on Lot A, east of EagleBank Arena, adjacent to Nottaway River Lane. Click here for a site map of the official Mason Tailgates location.

A tailgate permit entitles you to two parking spots to accommodate one vehicle and up to eight guests. Spots are assigned first-come first-served basis as you enter the lot. You MUST arrive with your confirmation email PRINTED and available to view by our attendants. No vehicles will be permitted into the lot prior to the load-in time. Please refer to below listed dates for specific times for each of the tailgates. Once the event starts, vehicles will not be allowed to leave the lot until after the event ends at 6:30 p.m. and after all pedestrian guests have left the lot. Vehicles may remain in the lot for the duration of the basketball game.

Please note: Rental trucks and vans, trailers, party buses, and motor homes will not be permitted into the lot. Please refer to the tailgating rules for more information.

This season’s tailgates are listed below:

Friday, November 8, 2019 vs. Longwood*
Tailgate Load-In 3:00pm
Tailgate time 4:30pm to 6:30pm
Game Time 7:00pm
*Family Weekend, Gold Rush

Saturday, November 16, 2019 vs. James Madison**
Tailgate Load-In 3:00pm
Tailgate time 4:00pm to 6:30pm
Game Time 7:00pm
**70’s Night!

Saturday, December 7, 2019 vs. American University
Tailgate Load-In 3:00pm
Tailgate time 4:00pm to 6:30pm
Game Time 7:00pm

Saturday, February 15, 2020 vs. George Washington
Tailgate Load-In 12:30pm
Tailgate time 1:30pm to 4:00pm
Game Time 4:30pm

Saturday, February 22, 2020  vs. Saint Joseph’s***
Tailgate Load-In 12:00pm
Tailgate time 1:00pm to 4:00pm
Game Time 4:30pm
***Homecoming 2020

Questions? Email

Students enjoying a tailgate
Students playing Cornhole at a tailgate
Mason Athletics

Ticketing Information

Student tickets are FREE! All you need is a current Mason ID.

Tickets for all others to our select games with tailgating, or any other Mason Athletics event, can be purchased by going to!

Contact Us

If you have questions about any of our upcoming Mason Tailgates, here are some handy links and contact information:

General Questions about Mason Tailgates: or email

Visit our Partner Organizations for information:

Mason Athletics

Student Involvement

George Mason University Alumni Association

GMU Parking and Transportation

GMU University Life

GMU Office of Risk Management

Department of Police and Public Safety

GMU Student Code of Conduct

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Image of GMU students tailgating