I. Policy Statement: Towson University (“University”) encourages safe and responsible socializing for those students, alumni and fans who attend University athletic events. The University recognizes that athletic events can be an important component of the University experience. We support game day activities that build community and offer an opportunity for social interaction in the support of athletic events. The following policies and guidelines are designed to clarify individual responsibilities.
A. Alcoholic Beverage: any liquid containing at least one-half percent (0.5%) alcohol by volume, including beer, wine, liquor, or mixed drinks.
B. Possession: transportation, ownership, or consumption of an Alcoholic Beverage.
C. Tailgating is defined as game day activities that build community and offer an opportunity for social interaction in support of athletics events.
III. Responsible Executive and Office:
Responsible Executive: Vice President for Student Affairs
Responsible Office: Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs
IV. Entities Affected by this Policy: All students, faculty, staff and visitors to the University community.
A. All state and local laws and University policies are in effect during Tailgating. Consistent with these, it is prohibited for a person under the age of 21 years to purchase, possess, consume, transport, or store Alcoholic Beverages.
B. Beer and wine are permitted within reasonable consumption limits, i.e., one six pack of beer per person and no more than 24 ounces of wine.
C. Hard liquor and spirits are prohibited during Tailgating, including, but not limited to Jell-O-shots, shooters.
D. Beer kegs, party balls, multi-quart containers of beer, and all drinking paraphernalia (including, but not limited to funnels, beer bongs, ice luges) and drinking games of any sort are prohibited from Tailgating because of the encouragement of rapid consumption of alcohol.
E. Only personal hand held music and/or sound devices/systems are permitted. Vehicle enhanced sound systems and free standing speakers are prohibited.
F. Excessive amounts of alcohol as determined by event staff will not be permitted.
G. It is also prohibited for any person or group to purchase or give Alcoholic Beverages to a person under 21 years of age.
H. The consumption of Alcoholic Beverages by those of age is only permitted in designated Tailgating areas. State law and University policy prohibit public consumption of Alcoholic Beverages or Possession of open containers of alcohol in public places.
I. Glass beverage containers are prohibited.
J. General admission Tailgating is located in designated parking lot(s). Tailgating is prohibited in any other areas including garages.
K. Tailgating is permitted up to three (3) hours before game time and ends when the game begins. Athletics may designate special groups or activities to be permitted to begin Tailgating prior to the general population. Tailgating ends at the start of the game.
L. Tailgating is permitted for up to one-and-a-half (1½) hours after the game has ended.
M. Tailgating is prohibited during the game and at half-time.
N. Only one vehicle is permitted per parking space. Vehicles that leave the Tailgating area will not be permitted to reenter without repaying.
O. The University reserves the right to restrict vehicles and designate parking spaces for safety reasons.
P. Active sports (e.g. Frisbee or football throwing) are allowed as long as the activity does not endanger anyone around them. Event staff may determine when active sports is dangerous to those around them or is inhibiting the event.
Q. Tents without sides and no larger than 10 x 10 feet are permitted. However, the tents cannot interfere with vehicular traffic nor can occupy a space reserved for another vehicle. Tents must be secured to ensure wind gusts don’t dislodge the tent. Stakes may not be used in any locations to secure tents.
R. Platforms and stages are not permitted unless approved and reserved in advance.
S. Soliciting is not permitted. Sales by anyone other than approved University personnel are prohibited unless granted prior written approval.
T. Special rules and regulations can be established through the Tailgating Committee in order to manage unique events or circumstances, i.e., Homecoming.
A. Please keep the Johnny Unitas® Stadium and surrounding areas clean. Trash bins are in the parking lots and trash bags are available from University personnel.
B. Respect the rights of others. Avoid the use of loud and/or abusive language and behavior.
C. Restroom facilities are available in the Towson Center and on the north side of the stadium.
D. Those violating any law or policy are subject to removal from the Tailgating area, legal penalties, and/or University judicial action.
E. Please be smart. We want everyone to enjoy themselves. Following these policies and being respectful of others can make this a safe and enjoyable experience for everyone.
Be a part of the official Towson Tigers tailgating family by joining the Tiger Tent Village in Lot 21.