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Homecoming Tailgating Policy


This is the official Tailgating Policy of Merrimack College - all tailgating participants are required to abide by these rules.

  • Sakowich Parking Lot is the only area permitted for tailgating.
  • Parking and tailgating in Sakowich Parking Lot is only available through the purchase of an Ultimate Warrior or Touchdown Homecoming Package.
  • A game ticket is required for entrance into tailgating area. All tailgate attendees are required to attend the football game.
  • Spaces are limited and are filled on a first-come, first-serve basis. If you would like to tailgate with a group, please arrive together.
  • Each Tailgate pass id is valid for one parking spot. Chairs, tables, tents should be confined to a small area behind your vehicle. Chairs, tables, tents should be confined to a small area behind your vehicle. Do not set up chairs and tables in an adjacent spot without the purchase of an additional tailgate pass.
  • Parking for tailgating opens at 9:00am, however alcohol consumption is only permitted between 10:00am and 1:00pm and at half time. 
  • Parking and tailgating in the Deegan Lot is only available for season ticket holders.
  • While alcohol is permitted in the tailgating area, only those of legal drinking age may consume alcohol. IDs will be checked at the entrances.
  • Individuals are responsible for compliance with all local and state laws governing alcohol consumption. The operator of each vehicle is responsible for their own space and guests.
  • No kegs, beer balls, drinking games, or excessive drinking are allowed.
  • No glass allowed.
  • No hard liquor allowed.
  • Parking is at owner’s risk
  • Gas grills are permissible. Charcoal grills are not allowed.
  • Upon departing, you are expected to clean your space. Bring trash bags to dispose of trash.
  • The tailgate will close 1 hour after the football game has ended.  All cars will be asked to vacate the parking lot.