University at Albany Tailgating Rules

University at Albany Athletics Tailgating Q & A

 

(See University at Albany Tailgating Rules for complete rules and instructions)

 

Is tailgating allowed on Game Day?

Tailgating is permitted in the SEFCU Arena parking lot and designated areas of the Dutch Quad parking lot. Tailgating space is limited to those patrons with an appropriate parking pass or permit.  Access to the tailgating area may be limited to those patrons who have a valid game ticket for the contest being held that day

What time do the SEFCU Arena and Dutch Quad parking lots open for tailgating?

Tailgating parking lots will open four (4) hours prior to the start of the event or contest. Tailgating must discontinue 15 minutes prior to the start of the event or contest, there is no tailgating allowed while the event or contest is underway, and tailgating lots must be cleaned and fully vacated 90 minutes following the conclusion of the event or contest.  University at Albany policy 7.1 prohibits camping on the University campus including overnight parking.  In addition, no overnight parking will be permitted in tailgating areas the night before or the night following the event or contest.

May I bring my own alcohol to my tailgate?

Alcohol is permitted to be consumed in tailgating areas by individuals who are 21 or older, consistent with New York State law and the University’s Policy on Alcohol.  All state and local alcohol laws will be strictly enforced in tailgating areas and elsewhere; consistent with local laws, open containers are prohibited outside designated tailgating areas.  For fans who choose to consume alcohol, the University encourages them to drink responsibly, to serve food and nonalcoholic beverages at their tailgates and to have designated drivers to accommodate guests and hosts alike or use public transportation, taxi or ride sharing services to and from the event or contest.

Are glass containers and kegs allowed?

Glass containers and kegs are prohibited. Bulk containers, including but not limited to kegs and beer balls, are prohibited. Drinking game tables or other paraphernalia, including but not limited to beer pong tables, beer bongs, and funnels are prohibited.

May I grill while tailgating?

Propane grills with cylinders 20 lbs. or under are permitted.  Charcoal grills are also permitted but must be disposed of responsibly by dousing the charcoals with water and emptying them into the labeled metal receptacles provided by the University within the tailgating area. Open flames are not permitted in any tailgate or parking area.

May I set up a tent at my tailgate?

Tents or canopies (which may not exceed 10' x 10') are permitted. They must be secured by weights or otherwise safely anchored and may not obstruct fire/safety lanes, sidewalks, drive lanes, pedestrian walkways or other parking spots. These structures must be an extension of your vehicle. Tailgating amenities including furniture, grills, generators or satellite dishes may not obstruct fire/safety lanes, sidewalks, drive lanes, pedestrian walkways or other parking spots. Driving or parking private vehicles on all green spaces and sidewalks is prohibited.


Loss or Damage of Property:

The University is not responsible or liable for loss or theft of materials, items or personal property brought into the tailgating locations. Any person damaging University property shall be responsible for the cost of repairs.


Rules of Tailgating:

  1. Tailgating space is limited to those patrons who have purchased reserved parking or paid parking. Access to the tailgating area may be limited to those patrons who have a valid game ticket for the event or contest being held that day.
  2. Tailgating parking lots will open four (4) hours prior to the start of the event or contest. Tailgating must discontinue 15 minutes prior to the start of the event or contest, tailgating is not allowed after this point, and tailgating lots must be cleaned and fully vacated 90 minutes following the conclusion of the event or contest.
  3. University policy prohibits camping at any location on any University at Albany campus. No overnight parking or occupancy is allowed in tailgating areas either the night before and after the event or contest.
  4. Driving or parking private vehicles on all green spaces or sidewalks is prohibited.
  5. Large parties (over 20 people) or parties with participants who have no intent of attending the event or contest are strictly prohibited. Any group or organization that wishes to reserve tailgating for a large group must contact the UAlbany Ticket Office at (518) 442-DANE to reserve a spot. Failure to register your group will result in expulsion from the premises. UAlbany reserves the right to deny reservations for large group tailgates based on space available or other public safety considerations.
  6. Amplified music outside of a personal vehicle, or the use of speakers, DJ’s or other amplified music is prohibited.
  7. Consistent with the University’s Policy on Alcohol and New York State law, alcohol is permitted to be consumed in the tailgating area by individuals who are 21 or older.  All alcohol laws will be strictly enforced; open containers are strictly prohibited outside the tailgating area. 
  8. Public intoxication, vandalism, obscene or harassing behavior 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 518-442-3131. Offenders and accompanying individuals may be subject to arrest, removal from the Campus and/or other applicable disciplinary actions.  
  9. For fans who choose to consume alcohol, the University encourages them to drink responsibly, serve food and nonalcoholic beverages at their tailgates and have designated drivers to accommodate guests and hosts or use public transportation, taxis, or ride sharing options.
  10. Drinking games that encourage binge drinking or a rapid consumption of alcohol – including but not limited to beer bongs, beer pong, funnels and other drinking games – are prohibited.
  11. Large containers of hard liquor and spirits and premade servings of hard alcohol – including but not limited to Jell-O or party shots – are prohibited.
  12. Glass containers are prohibited. Bulk containers, including but not limited to kegs and beer balls, are prohibited.  
  13. The University reserves the right to refuse entry into the tailgating area and/or the event or contest area to any person who appears to be intoxicated. No refunds for any tailgating, parking, or event or contest attendance fees shall be given. 
  14. The unlawful possession, distribution or use of any drug or controlled substance is prohibited on campus, and such laws shall be enforced in tailgating areas.
  15. Individuals are responsible for compliance with all federal, state, local and University laws, regulations and policies. 
  16. Tents or canopies (may not exceed 10' x 10') are permitted. They must be secured by weights or otherwise safely anchored and may not obstruct fire/safety lanes, sidewalks, drive lanes, pedestrian walkways or other parking spots. These structures must be an extension of your vehicle. Tailgating amenities including furniture, grills, generators or satellite dishes may not obstruct fire/safety lanes, sidewalks, drive lanes, pedestrian walkways or other parking spots.
  17. Open flames are not permitted in any tailgate or parking area.  Charcoal grills are permitted; however, the charcoal must be disposed of responsibly by dousing the charcoals with water and emptying them into the labeled metal receptacles provided by the University within the tailgating area.  Propane grills with cylinders 20 lbs. or under are allowed. 
  18. Pets must be licensed, have a current rabies vaccine, and be on leash and under the control of their owner(s) at all times.  Pets shall not run at large in tailgating sites or on Campus. Furthermore, animals shall not be left unattended on the Campus, tied/secured to Campus property or left in a motor vehicle.  Owners shall clean up after pets and dispose of animal waste in tied bags in the trash receptacles located in tailgating locations or carried out.
  19. All trash must be placed in trash receptacles located in tailgating locations or carried out. The disposal of grease or hazardous materials onto the grounds or into storm drains is strictly prohibited.  Charcoal must be disposed of responsibly by dousing the charcoals with water, and emptying them into the labeled metal receptacles provided by the University within the tailgating area.
  20. The sale of any product, including food or beverages, is prohibited. Commercial activity or solicitations are not allowed on Campus.
  21. All event or contest attendees are expected to be respectful of University property, the property of neighbors surrounding the University, and fellow participants around them. Offenders and accompanying individuals may be subject to arrest, removal from the Campus, reimbursement for the cost of damage and/or other applicable disciplinary actions.  
  22. The removal of any barricades, barrels or other traffic control devices is strictly prohibited.
  23. All signs and instruction in tailgating areas and elsewhere at the University must be obeyed. 
  24. The University is not responsible or liable for loss or theft of personal property brought into the tailgating locations.

 

Other Applicable Policies:

Policy on Alcohol and Drug Use in the Workplace

Policy on Alcohol and Drug Use by Students on Campus

Policy on Alcohol and Drug Use on all University at Albany Properties

 

Forms:

Alcohol Use Registration Form

 Complaints of Violations of this Policy:

Alleged violations of this Policy may be reported to:

            University Police:

                        In case of emergency: (518) 442-3131

                         For non-emergencies: (518) 442-3130

            Alcohol Use Officer:  (518) 956-8140

            Athletic Director:  (518) 442-2562

            Community Standards (student discipline):  (518) 442-5501

            Office of Human Resources Management (employee discipline): (518) 442-4700

 

 

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