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.

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Dates and Purchase Info

Join your fellow Patriots and hang out before select men’s basketball games this Fall 2022 and Spring 2023!

 All Mason Tailgates except for the Homecoming Tailgate for the 2022-2023 season will be on Lot L, near the west entrance of EagleBank Arena, adjacent to the Roanoake River Road entrance to campus .

See homecoming.gmu.edu for details and information on this year’s Homecoming Tailgate and Festival.

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 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.



Advanced Purchase Ticket Price $10.00
Includes 2 Parking Spots, 1 Vehicle, and 8 Guests

There will be NO day-of sales for the Homecoming Tailgate.

Saturday, February 18, 2023 
George Mason Univeisty vs. LaSalle
Tailgate and Festival
Tailgate Load-In 11:30am
Tailgate and Festival Time 12:00pm to 3:00pm
Game Time 4:00pm
George Mason University Fairfax Campus – Lot A

This season’s past tailgates are listed below:

Friday, October 14, 2022 MASON MADNESS
Tailgate Load-In 3:30pm
Tailgate Time 4pm to 6pm
Game Time 7pm

Friday, November 11, 2022 vs. Longwood
Tailgate Load-In 3:30pm
Tailgate Time 4pm to 6pm
Game Time 7:00pm

Saturday, December 3, 2022 vs. Toledo
Tailgate Load-In 11am
Tailgate Time 11:30am to 1:30pm
Game Time 2pm

Students enjoying a tailgate
Students playing Cornhole at a tailgate
Picture of students at Homecoming parade and opening at Fairfax Campus.

Homecoming Tailgate General Information

Saturday, February 18
12pm – 3pm
Load-In begins at 11:30am and ends at 12:00pm
Lot A Near EagleBank Arena

  • The tailgate lot opens for general vehicle load-in beginning at 11:30am on Saturday, February 18.  Vehicle load-in will cease at 12:00pm when pedestrian entrances open. 
  • All attendees must be in line to enter the tailgate with the persons they wish to park near or next to. Vehicles will be parked on a first-come, first-served basis. 
  • Entrance to the tailgate lot will be via Braddock Road and Nottoway River Lane only. All other entrances and drive-ways will be blocked or will be for general parking access only. 
  • There will be no day-of sales of tailgate parking permits. All purchases must be made by Wednesday, February 15 at 11:59pm.  Spaces are limited and may sell out. 
  • All tailgate permit holders must have their confirmation email, printed on on their mobile device to show proof of purchase to parking attendants on site upon entry.
  • Pedestrians may enter the tailgate lot via the two marked pedestrian entrances at either end of the Festival area, located at Nottoway River Lane and Mattaponi River Lane respectively.
  • Pedestrian entrances open at 12:00pm once all vehicle traffic has ceased. All pedestrians entering will have their government-issued ID checked.
  • There is no consumption of Alcohol allowed in the Festival area, unless attending events inside the Alumni Tent.

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 https://gomason.com!

Picture of students playing basket ball

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

General Questions about Mason Tailgates:

tailgate@gmu.edu or email sa@gmu.edu

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

Image of GMU students at a tailgate
Image of GMU students tailgating

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

  • Only those attendees who are 21 and over may consume alcohol.
  • Consumption is limited to within the perimeter of the tailgate lot.
  • All attendees, whether entering in a vehicle or though the pedestrian entrances will have their government-issued ID checked and those 21 and over will be furnished with a wrist band. Those under the age of 21 will have their hand marked.
  • 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.