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Springfield College Athletics Tailgating Policy

Tailgating Policy

A Springfield parent, alum, faculty or staff member may purchase one non-transferable tailgating pass from the Athletics Department prior to each football game. All tailgating activities must be contained within the permitted tailgating area. Due to space restrictions, RV’s (and other similar large vehicles) are not allowed in the tailgating lot. Passes must be displayed as specified on the vehicle throughout the tailgating activities and an individual must be designated as the responsible contact person for each game. Tailgating permits may be forfeited for cause on-the-spot.

As defined in this policy, tailgating may involve the consumption of alcohol in designated controlled areas. Springfield College does not sanction the violation of federal, state, or local laws, including the consumption/possession of alcoholic beverages by underage persons. Individuals participating in tailgating activities at Springfield College are expected to conduct themselves in a manner respectful of the nature and character of the College; including, following the directives of event management staff and public safety officials. Tailgating hosts may be held responsible for the behavior and actions of guests in the permit area. Persons acting in a disruptive, disrespectful or disorderly manner may be asked to leave the premises or be subject to arrest or citation. Students may also be charged with a violation of the Student Code of Conduct.

Tailgating may begin no earlier than three hours prior to kick-off.  Tailgating must be discontinued fifteen minutes prior to the start of the game and throughout the game.  Tailgating may resume after the conclusion of the game, and must end no more than two hours after the end of the game.  Springfield College Athletics reserves the right to alter any/all of the above time frames for any reason, and will make every effort to provide patrons with advance notice.

Consumption of alcohol outside designated tailgating areas and/or time periods constitutes a violation of Springfield College tailgating policy and possibly Massachusetts Law. Violators may be instructed to leave the campus. In addition, they may be subject to prosecution under the laws of the City of Springfield, the laws of the State of Massachusetts, and students are subject to Springfield College Code of Student Conduct.

Springfield College provides welcoming and exceptional athletic facilities and fields for the use of our faculty, students, staff, alumni, and guests. However, please be advised that no animals shall be brought into any indoor or outdoor athletic venue including spectator seating areas and surrounding spaces. Service dogs are permitted in athletic venues with their owner(s).  We encourage pet owners to leave all other animals at home, as our venues do not have areas where owners can stand with their animals and have a good view of the contest.  Compliance with this policy ensures a positive game environment for all, and is much appreciated.  Any questions can be directed to Kevin Wood, Associate Athletic Director, at



Kegs and other common source containers are not allowed at any time.

Glass containers are prohibited. The use of plastic containers is encouraged for the consumption of all beverages.

Drinking games (including but not limited to beer pong and other table games) and the use of devices intended to accelerate the consumption of alcohol (including but not limited to funnels or beer bongs) are prohibited.

Consumption of alcoholic beverages on any other part of the campus or on public streets that run through or adjacent to campus is prohibited. It is also a violation of law and/or the code of student conduct and is subject to policy/law enforcement.

The sale of alcoholic beverages is strictly prohibited.

Propane and charcoal grills are allowed when used solely for food preparation purposes. Burned coals and/or residue from cooking are not permitted to make contact with the paved surface of the parking lot or grassy areas.

Open flame fires, including fire pits, are prohibited.

All groups and individuals participating in tailgating are responsible for the proper collection and disposal of their trash, as well as, other debris such as charcoal. Trash containers will be provided throughout tailgate areas.

Violations of this policy may result in the forfeiture of a tailgating passes on-the-spot and/or the loss of eligibility to purchase additional tailgating passes, citations or even arrest. Student violations of this policy are subject to the Springfield College Student Code of Conduct.