University at Albany Tailgating Policy

UAlbany Athletics Tailgating Q & A 

Is tailgating allowed on gameday?

YES! Tailgating is permitted and encouraged in the SEFCU Arena and the Dutch Quad parking lots, only. The University at Albany promotes community building activities for its student, faculty, staff, alumni and visitors, and recognizes that tailgating is a time honored tradition at sporting events and other events on college and university campuses.  Tailgating has the potential to enhance an event experience within a safe, responsible and controlled environment.

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

Tailgating parking lots will open at 7:00 a.m. on gameday and must be cleaned and fully vacated within 90 minutes following the conclusion of the event.  There is no overnight parking allowed in the tailgating lots. 

Can I bring my own alcohol to my tailgate?

YES!  Consistent with the University’s Policy on Alcohol, alcohol is permitted to be consumed in the tailgating area by individuals who are 21 or older, consistent with NYS law.  All alcohol laws shall be strictly enforced; open container laws (Town of Guilderland and City of Albany) shall be strictly enforced outside of the tailgating area.  For tailgaters that consume alcohol, the University encourages the tailgaters to drink responsibly by serving food and nonalcoholic beverages, and by having designated drivers to accommodate guests and hosts alike.

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.  No drinking game tables or other paraphernalia, including, but not limited to beer pong tables, are prohibited.  All drinks should be placed in plastic/disposable cups.

Can I grill while tailgating?

YES!  Propane grills with cylinders 20 lbs. or under are allowed.  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?

YES!  Tents or canopies (which may not exceed 10' x 10') are permitted.  They must be secured 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; these also may not obstruct fire/safety lanes, sidewalks, drive lanes, pedestrian walkways or other parking spots.  Driving or parking private vehicles on any and all green spaces and sidewalks is prohibited.


 

Policy Statement:

The University at Albany promotes community building activities for its student, faculty, staff, alumni and visitors, and recognizes that tailgating is a time honored tradition at sporting events and other events on college and university campuses.  Tailgating has the potential to enhance an event experience within a safe, responsible and controlled environment. 

Tailgating is permitted on the University at Albany Campus at University sporting events and at other events held at the SEFCU Arena and the Stadium.   

Tailgating at any University sporting event or at any other event held at the SEFCU or the Stadium must be approved by the University’s Alcohol Use Administrator and the Athletic Director prior to the event day.   

This Policy does not apply to the preparation and eating of food and drink as provided to athletic guest teams by their athletic departments and/or parents/guardians of the athletes.  However, other than the “Locations for Tailgating” and “Time for Tailgating” provisions herein, the University anticipates that all Rules of Tailgating will be followed by the guest teams, their athletic departments and the parents/guardians for the health and safety of the University Community. 

Purpose:

This policy provides a framework for responsible tailgating that enhances the event experience for all participants, while promoting a safe campus environment and preserving the beauty of the campus for the University Community.

Definitions:

Tailgating:  the preparation and eating of food, and the drinking of beverages (alcoholic and nonalcoholic), outdoors as part of pre-event and post-event festivities in designated areas on the University Campus.

Rules of Tailgating:

1.     Individuals are responsible for compliance with all federal, state, local and University laws, regulations and policies. 

2.     No overnight occupancy is allowed in tailgating areas. Tailgating locations may open as early as 7:00 a.m. on event day, and must be cleaned and vacated within 90 minutes following the conclusion of the event.

3.     Driving or parking private vehicles on any and all green spaces and sidewalks is prohibited.

4.     Tents or canopies (which may not exceed 10' x 10') must be secured and may not obstruct fire/safety lanes, sidewalks, drive lanes or pedestrian walkways. These structures must be an extension of your vehicle. Tailgating amenities including furniture, grills, generators or satellite dishes; these also may not obstruct fire/safety lanes, sidewalks, drive lanes or pedestrian walk ways.

5.     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. 

6.     Consistent with the University’s Policy on Alcohol, alcohol is permitted to be consumed in the tailgating area by individuals who are 21 or older, consistent with NYS law.  All alcohol laws shall be strictly enforced; open container laws (Town of Guilderland and City of Albany) shall be strictly enforced outside of the tailgating area. 

7.     For tailgaters that consume alcohol, the University encourages the tailgaters to drink responsibly by serving food and nonalcoholic beverages, and by having designated drivers to accommodate guests and hosts alike.

8.     Glass containers are prohibited. Bulk containers, including, but not limited to kegs and beer balls, are prohibited.  No drinking game tables or other paraphernalia, including, but not limited to beer pong tables, are prohibited.  All drinks should be placed in plastic/disposable cups.

9.     The University reserves its rights to refuse entry into the tailgating area and/or the Stadium area to any person who appears to be intoxicated.  No refunds for any tailgating, parking or attendance fees shall be given. 

10.  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.

11.  Pets must be on leashes at all times 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 motor vehicle.  Pet owners shall clean up after their pets, and dispose of any animal wastes in tied bags in the trash receptacles located in tailgating locations or carried out.

12.  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.  Again, 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. 

13.  The sale of food and/or beverage, or any other product is prohibited. Commercial activity or solicitations are not allowed on Campus.

14.  All event participants are expected to be respectful to university property and all of the event participants around them.

15.   The removal of any barricades, barrels or other traffic control devices is strictly prohibited.

16.  All signs and instruction for tailgating areas and parking lots must be obeyed.

17.  Drunkenness, 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.

Locations for Tailgating:

Tailgating may be permitted in the SEFCU arena parking lot and the Dutch Quad parking lot, or in such areas as the University may determine, in its sole discretion, to be appropriate for tailgating at a specific event, date and time.    

Time for Tailgating:

Tailgating locations may open as early as 7:00 a.m. on event day and must be cleaned and fully vacated within 90 minutes following the conclusion of the event.

 

Violations:

Individuals who violate this Policy and/or other applicable policies, laws, regulations and rules may be ticketed or arrested for violation of law, may be removed from the University for that particular sporting event or event, suspended from the University for a sport season or other determined amount of time, lose season tickets, and/or lose tailgating privileges.  Students may also be subject to discipline under the student code of conduct. Employees may also be subject to discipline under the employee disciplinary processes.  

Any person damaging University property shall be responsible for the cost of repairs.

Enforcement:

Enforcement of this Policy is within the jurisdiction of the University Police Department, the Athletic Director, the Alcohol Use Administrator, the Office of Human Resources Management, and Community Standards.

 

Exceptions:

The President may grant exceptions to this Policy within the scope of applicable state and federal law. 

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.

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

Policy History:

Approved:       September 1, 2014 by Dr. Robert J. Jones, President, University at Albany

Amended:       none to date

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