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12 Tips for Tailgating in the Big 12

Tailgating at the U is an art form. It’s been crafted between the peaks of the Wasatch, fueled by tradition, and now, it’s infused with new energy as we enter the Big 12. Whether you’re joining in the fun for the first time or you’ve been firing up a portable grill for decades, we’re looking forward to celebrating with you at tailgates both home and away. To help get you started, here are “12 Big Things” you need to know to join U Alumni this football season.

1. Sign up with U Alumni.

Join the U Alumni tailgate for food, drinks, and good company.
Don’t forget to sign up first at alumni.utah.edu.

2. Watch your clock. 

Tailgate action really ramps up about 2 1/2 hours before game time.

3. Don the correct gear.

Check the U Athletics site for game-day themes like Dark Mode. And consider
dressing in layers—weather can switch up fast in Utah.

4.  Take the Red Line train.

Your football ticket is your free TRAX pass to Rice-Eccles. 

5. Find Tailgate Way.

At home games, most tailgate action unfolds along Guardsman Way,
but activities and action are all around on game day. From Presidents Circle to upper campus,
enjoying a stroll around the grounds is part of the fun.

6. Meet up with The MUSS.

Mighty Utah Student Section (MUSS) members tailgate before every
home game with music, food, and games. They also go on the road
for at least one away game a year with the MUSS Bus.

7. Join the club.

Groups of fans and organizations sponsor specific tailgates. The Utah Pig Bus, for example,
sells season wristbands and is known for its live music and whole-hog roasting.
The Ken Garff University Club also hosts tailgates for members. And Smith’s has a tailgate spot
where your previous week’s grocery receipt gets you access.

8. Wander the lot.

Dedicated tailgating spots have a long wait list, but not to worry!
Meander along Guardsman Way and join in the action—
you’ll be especially welcome if you bring a bite or a beverage.

9. Connect with your community.

U tailgates are renowned for welcoming all ages—embrace that spirit,
get your face paint on, and head to the stadium.

10. Go clear.

Only transparent bags are allowed in the stadium. 

11. Create a friendly atmosphere. 

Welcome fans from the opposing team with open arms!
Show them the hospitality Utah fans are famous for.

12. Hit the road. 

U Alumni hosts tailgates, open to all Utah fans, for a few of the away games, too.
Check the schedule at alumni.utah.edu.


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