Dean Gentry: Tailgate Information

Dear Yale College Students,

To help you plan for football season, I am forwarding a message from the Athletics Department that summarizes the new tailgate rules, provides information about the new Student Tailgate Village, and brings together a list of useful links. I hope you will read it before next Saturday’s game.


W. Marichal Gentry

Senior Associate Dean of Yale College

Dean of Student Affairs

Dean of Freshman Affairs


Dear Yale Students,

With Yale’s first football game, against Colgate, coming up on Saturday, September 29, we in the Athletics Department have been working hard on the Student Tailgate Village, the new vehicle-free zone designated for student tailgates. The Student Tailgate Village, located outside Gate C, not only provides a reserved area for students registering as groups and for residential colleges but also offers plenty of entertainment, food, souvenirs, and the chance to cheer on the team as the Yale Band leads it into the stadium.

 Programming for each tailgate will change, but for the Colgate game here’s what you’ll find:

• Music by DJs R.E. and Big VC, playing 80s, 90s, Hip Hop and more;

• Two free beers for students 21 and older (proof of age required);

• Free BBQ (while it lasts);

• Free t-shirts to the first 200 students;

• Inflatable obstacle course, featuring the six foot wall and barrel crawl.

Reservations: All areas in the Tailgate Village are available by reservation only; to register, click here <> .

Buses: Shuttle buses will begin running at 8:30 a.m. every 15 minutes, with pickups at PWG and [new!] at the corner of Chapel and York Streets.

Setting up: Although vehicles are prohibited in the Student Tailgate Village, with the exception of vendors who have been pre-approved by the Athletics Department, you can park temporarily if you’ve registered, between 6:00 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. (no later) on Yale Avenue, right next to the Village, while you drop off food, beverages, tables, chairs, and college banners. Caterers may also drop off and set up between 6:00 and 8:30.

Parking: After you have set up your area, park in Lot A and return on foot to the Student Tailgate Village.

Kickoff: The Student Tailgate Village will close at kickoff, but if you have registered you may break down your area and reload your vehicle on Yale Avenue from noon to 1:30 p.m., or at the end of the game – although no security will be there to watch leftovers.

Alcohol: All guests entering the student tailgate area will need to present valid identification. Guests over the age of 21 will get a wristband to show that they are of legal drinking age and grant them access to the beer garden, where they can receive two  free beers. Kegs and glass bottles are prohibited at the Student Tailgate Village, but guests 21 years and older may bring in beer in cans and boxes of wine. Anyone visibly intoxicated or behaving inappropriately may be ejected from the Student Tailgate Village or from the Yale Bowl.

Tickets: Students with a Yale ID receive free admission to the Yale Student Section for all 2012 Yale Football games. Students can present their ID at Gate C, or any other ticket location, to pick up a ticket. Guest tickets can be purchased for $5.

For all tailgate guidelines, updates on game-day entertainment, or to find out what equipment is permitted, click here <> . For more information, contact Yale Athletics at 203-432-1400.

Here’s a list of helpful links:

FanZone <>

Tailgating <x-msg://360/>

 Student Tailgating Rules <>

 Online Tailgate Registration <>

 Parking Map <>

 Student Tailgate Map <>

 Student Ticket Info <>

2012 FAQ <>

Go, bulldogs!