Tailgating FAQS

Q. Where can I park?
A. Patrons must display a valid event hangtag or event parking pass to the attendant upon arrival to the lot. The event hangtag or event parking pass shall always be displayed on the vehicle. Upon authorization to go ahead into the lot, patrons may occupy any available stall, unless otherwise directed by the lot attendant. Patrons should pay attention to posted signage or other barriers that may prevent a stall from being occupied. Parking stalls are filled on a first come, first serve basis.

Q. What times do parking lots open?
A. Times in which parking lots open varies by sport, event and lot. For football games with an 11 a.m. kickoff, lots open beginning at 6 a.m. For football games with a kickoff later than 11 a.m., lots open beginning at 7 a.m.

Q. May I park overnight?
A. Overnight parking is prohibited in all University-operated lots. All parking lots close at 1 a.m. the day after th game.

Q. Where can I tailgate?
A. Patrons who have purchased a special events parking permit and their guests may responsibly tailgate within the immediate area of their parking space. Patrons may not block a drive or fire lane with their tailgate. Please note that for football, Lot 34 and Church C are alcohol free.

Q. Am I allowed to grill when I tailgate?
A. Grilling is permitted on the asphalt of surface parking lots, provided that the tailgate area is not within the drive or fire lane. Grills need to be placed in a safe location to prevent damage to cars. No open flame or wood fires permitted.Grills, both propane and electric, are prohibited within any parking ramp or garage.

Q. What do I do with my used charcoals?
A. Used charcoals must be placed in metal buckets, doused with water and must leave with the vehicle post-event. Charcoals may not be disposed of in the parking lot dumpster or trash receiptle, nor may they be left in the landscaping of the parking lot.

Q. Are tents allowed?
A. Pop-up tents are not allowed on the roof of parking structures, including but not limited to Lots 17, 20, 36, 46, 67 and 76. Any tent placed in or on a building must comply with the building code for anchoring and wind loads precautions. Pop-up tents are allowed in surface lots but must be weighed down per manufacturer requirements. Tents must be taken down when unattended to prevent damage to any other vehicle in the area.

Q. How many parking stalls may I occupy?
A. Only occupy the number of parking stalls for the number of parking passes you have. If you have one parking pass, you may only occupy one parking stall. If you have two parking passes, you may occupy a maximum of two parking stalls. Under no circumstances may a patron occupy more stalls than you have parking passes for.

Q. Will there be a place for me to dispose of my trash?
A. Most parking lots have either a dumpster or trash receptacle bin with which to dispose of trash where space is available. Patrons must respect the property and leave the parking lot in the condition in which it was found.

Q. Are portable restrooms available in the parking lot?
A. Most, but not all, lots have portable restrooms. Lots with restrooms include Lot 16, 17, 20, 33, 34, 36, 39, 40, 41, 44, 45, 51, 56, 60, 64, 67, 76, 87, 92 and Regent. Additional restrooms are located outside of Camp Randall Stadium for use prior to gates opening. These additional restrooms are located near Gate 2, near Camp Randall Memorial Park and at Badgerville in Engineering Mall.

Q. Are there any items that I am prohibited from bringing into a parking lot?
A.Weapons of any kind are prohibited from being brought into parking lots. Please review the Wisconsin Athletics Carry-In policy here for further information. Generator use is allowed. Use in a fully vented space away from tailgaters. No refueling on-site. Gasoline dissolves asphalt and damages landscape spaces.

Q. What should we do in case of an emergency?
A. In the event of police, fire or medical emergency, call 911. Provide your exact parking lot number, location and address to the dispatcher as displayed on your special event hang tag. It is recommended that all vehicles have a fire extinguisher in case of emergency, especially for tailgaters that are grilling.