The Game on Saturday, November 18

Camille Lizarríbar, Dean of Student Affairs

November 1, 2017

Dear Yale College Students,

On November 18, Yale hosts “The Game," the legendary football game that brings students and alumni from Yale and Harvard to New Haven. Kickoff is at 12:30 p.m.

As you make your plans for the weekend, here’s some information about what’s going on and when; the tailgate policy, which has been revised; and how to stay safe.

Game Tickets

One free ticket is available to every Yale student, for the student section (Portals 10-13). Students can pick up tickets from the Athletics Ticket Office (70 Tower Parkway) starting Monday, November 13, 2017 from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM, or on the day of the game at any ticket location.

Guest Tickets:

Before game day: 1 discounted guest ticket is available for $5 / up to 3 more guest tickets are available for $10 each / additional guest tickets are $15 each.

On game day: 1 discounted guest ticket is available for $10 / additional guest tickets cost $15 each.

Friday Events

The Yale/Harvard Joint Glee Club concert starts at 7:30 p.m., in Woolsey Hall. No tickets are necessary; admission is free.

The Yale/Harvard Dance Party and DJ Battle follows, from 10:30 p.m. to 2:00 a.m., at 150 York in Yale’s new event space.

A full list of the weekend’s events will be available on the Yale Events app which you will receive before The Game. 

Student organization leaders will receive information about listing their events in the Yale Events app.

Saturday Game

How do I get there and back?

Free shuttle buses will pick up at Payne Whitney Gym and run to the bowl and back every 15 minutes from 10:00 AM until 8:00 PM. Handicapped-accessible vehicles will depart from these same locations at these same times.

After the game, buses will transport students back to campus. Please plan to ride them back to campus rather than walk.

What can I bring?

Bags are limited to 12" x 12" for the Yale Bowl. There will be a bag check for those who bring larger bags. Any bags entering the Yale Bowl or the Student Tailgate Village are subject to search. Students who are over 21 and wish to drink in the Student Tailgate Village should plan to bring their ID with them.


Tailgates start at 10:30 and end at 12:30 for the kickoff. Yale dining will set up food tents inside the tailgate to provide lunch.  Students who show a Yale or Harvard ID will be welcome to eat.

No outside alcohol may be brought into the Student Tailgate Village. Residential colleges, student organizations, and students who wish to hold a tailgate within the Student Tailgate Village, and register their tailgate with the Athletics Department, may purchase beer and wine in advance thorough a centralized distributor and pick it up at the tailgate site the morning of the game. Yale Police and New Haven Police will patrol parking and tailgate areas. A full description of the tailgate rules is attached below.

Mobile App

An app will be available this year to help people navigate the weekend. All official Yale-sponsored events will be listed in it, as well as undergraduate events that are open and do not serve alcohol.  You will receive a link to the app before The Game.


Licensing permission, for using Yale or Harvard marks on merchandise, must come from the Marketing and Trademark Licensing office. Students can submit artwork directly to The deadline for these submissions is Friday, November 10, 2017.

Emergency Information

Stay safe, take care of yourself, and watch out for your friends and the people around you.  Call for help at 203-432-4400 if you see someone who needs medical attention for any reason.  Remember, we are a community where we take care of each other and our guests.

Have fun and stay safe at The Game. And, GO BULLDOGS!!

Boola, Boola!

Camille Lizarribar
Senior Associate Dean of Yale College
Dean of Student Affairs