Mason Tailgates Info

Come celebrate our Patriots before select basketball games this 2022-2023 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 and Policies

Our campus community loves the passion and enthusiasm our students, faculty, staff, alumni and fans share for Mason!  Below are tailgate policies and guidelines to ensure all of our Patriots have a safe,  enjoyable and fun experience.

General Policies

  • Vehicles, 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.
  • 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.
  • Pets are permitted on a leash and must remain outside of university buildings.
  • 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

Alcohol & Drug Policies

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Professional tailgate services, sale of alcohol, or sale of merchandise is prohibited.

Grill Policies

  • 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.

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

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.