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.

Tailgate Rules

Mason Patriots,

Homecoming celebrations are underway and you might be planning to join your friends, family, and alumni at this weekend’s Homecoming Tailgate on Saturday, February 22, from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. If you have not done so already, you may purchase a Tailgate Permit here for yourself and up to eight guests. This year’s tailgate is slightly different than the Homecoming Block Party held in previous years and we want to bring your attention to a few changes.

This year’s Tailgate will be held in Lot A; this is a different location than previous years. Vehicles must access the tailgate area from Nottoway River Lane.  Load in begins at 12:00 p.m. and the tailgate area must be vacated (vehicles may remain) at 4:00 p.m.  In an effort to create an environment that is student, alumni, and family friendly, the university has implemented a few additional requirements for tailgate permit holders.  We ask that all permit holders limit the number of guests to eight people per permit. Please review the tailgate location and rules available on line here.

Alcohol is not permitted at this event.  If you choose to bring and consume alcohol, you do so at your own risk.  In past years, the university obtained a permit to allow public consumption of alcohol in the block party area. In the interest of public safety and the wellbeing of our student body, the university will not allow beer, wine, and liquor at this event to discourage underage and overconsumption of alcohol at university sponsored events. Please share these changes to this year’s pregame outdoor event with your guests.

University Life, Mason Athletics, and the Alumni Association hope that you and your guests will join us at our first Homecoming Tailgate this Saturday. We have an exciting program scheduled before the Homecoming Basketball Game that will appeal to all members of our community.  If you have any questions or concerns about this event please do not hesitate to contact us at Additional information is also available on line at


Mason’s Tailgate Committee

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

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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