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Football Tailgating

New for the 2017 football season, Bridgewater College is pleased to offer the Mapp Field tailgating area, a spot where tailgaters can gather for a celebratory environment in advance of the game. In addition, the College will offer alcohol-free tailgating in the Carter Center parking lot. All other lots on campus will be used strictly for parking, with tailgating and picnicking centered only in Mapp Field and the Carter lot.

These changes help us to create a game-day environment of excitement and celebration, and they also assist the College in better managing tailgating—ensuring the safety and security of our students and fans.

Tailgating Guidelines

Overview

Tailgating is defined as parking in a designated location and setting up non-permanent facilities such as tables and chairs to consume food and beverages on campus. This is an opportunity for all members of the Bridgewater College community to gather during designated home football competitions in a fun, safe, festive, and inclusive environment. Bridgewater College, in conjunction with the Department of Athletics and Campus Police and Safety, encourages spectators to create a positive game-day atmosphere.

In accordance with College policy and ABC regulations, tailgating with alcohol is only permitted in College-designated areas and only by persons who are 21 years of age or older. Bridgewater College prohibits the consumption or possession of alcoholic beverages by underage persons; nor does it sanction or permit the violation of federal, state, or local laws, or College policy. The possession and/or consumption of alcoholic beverages on Bridgewater College campus property is subject to federal and state law and all College policies and regulations. All members of the Bridgewater community and campus visitors are expected to obey all laws and regulations.

Regulations

Location and Times

  1. The College allows tailgating with alcohol in Mapp Field and an alternative, alcohol-free tailgating location in the Carter Center lot for home football games. College-sanctioned tailgating activities are only permitted on designated home football competition days from three hours prior to the kickoff to two hours following the conclusion of the competition (excluding evening competitions, in which case the tailgating area will close immediately following the conclusion of the competition). Alcohol may be consumed for only up to one hour following the conclusion of the game.
  2. Parking spaces in Mapp Field are offered on a “first come, first served” basis. To ensure a tailgating space, online reservations are encouraged. The College cannot guarantee a space in Mapp Field for those without an online reservation. Entrance to Mapp Field with or without a reservation requires a game ticket ($10 adults, $8 seniors, $5 children 6-12), Eagle Club card or valid College ID (for current students and current or retired faculty and staff). Eagle Club members should reserve a tailgating space online if they plan to participate in the tailgating activities in Mapp Field. Game day tickets will be available for purchase with cash or check at the entrance of Mapp Field and between Memorial and Flory halls for anyone else who wishes to arrive on foot and participate.
  3. Should all spaces in Mapp Field be reserved/occupied, overflow tailgating with alcohol may be permitted in the commuter parking lot nearest the baseball field. This area will be available for tailgating ONLY when deemed necessary by the College.
  4. Because tailgating is a multiple-hour event with limited space, attendees are encouraged to arrive at Mapp Field early within the three hours prior to the kickoff when tailgating begins. Reserved spaces will not be held if arriving at or after half time. While attendees are encouraged to leave their vehicles parked for the entirety of the competition, attendees may vacate the tailgating lot with their vehicles, but vehicles will not be permitted re-entry. Individuals will be permitted to re-enter on foot.
  5. College-sanctioned tailgating is only permitted in designated areas of campus. Alcohol may only be transported into the tailgating area via automobile. Pedestrian visitors will be permitted in the area but are not permitted to carry alcohol into or out of the area. Alcohol may not be carried out of the tailgating area.
  6. Those of legal drinking age (21 and older) must provide legal identification and proof of age and will be provided a wristband enabling them to consume alcohol. While fans of any age will be allowed entry to Mapp Field, only those of legal drinking age and with a visible wristband will be able to consume alcohol.
  7. Tailgaters are not permitted to use adjacent parking spaces or obstruct driving lanes or pedestrian walkways when setting up personal items, including, but not limited to, tables, chairs, tents, grills, and games/activities.
  8. Saving parking spaces is not permitted. If you wish to park beside friends in a separate car, all cars should plan to enter the area together in order to park near one another.
  9. Emergency access lanes must be maintained at all times. Do not block these areas.
  10. Parking for the purposes of tailgating is prohibited in any area outside of Mapp Field and the Carter Center parking lot, unless the commuter lot by the baseball field has been opened by College personnel for overflow. All other parking on campus is limited to designated parking lots.

Conduct

  1. We want everyone to have a great experience! We ask that fans be respectful of those surrounding them and remain mindful of their choice of language and activity. Individuals are expected to conduct themselves in a respectful manner that reflects positively on Bridgewater College at all times. Individuals acting in a manner that is disrespectful, disruptive, or disorderly or persons interfering with the rights of other people by use of loud and/or abusive language and behavior will be asked to leave College property and may be subject to citation or arrest.
  2. Both hosts and guests may be held liable for guest behavior.
  3. Noise levels for personal music (either coming from a car stereo or portable speakers in the tailgating area) must be kept at a reasonable volume.
  4. Any current Bridgewater student found to be acting in a disruptive manner may be subject to disciplinary action in accordance with The Eagle student handbook as well as any federal, state, or local laws.
  5. Individuals are responsible for keeping the area clean. Trash cans and recycling bins are available. Clean up your area before leaving campus.

Food/Grilling

  1. The use of wood and charcoal grills is not permitted; propane-fueled grills are permitted but limited to standard 20-lb. propane tanks.
  2. Open-flame fires, fire pits, and bonfires are prohibited.
  3. Deep fryers or any oil-based cooking or frying is prohibited.
  4. Electric generators are prohibited.

Alcohol Consumption

  1. All individuals of legal drinking age (21 or older) must present legal identification and proof of age to appropriate law enforcement, event staff, or College personnel upon entry to Mapp Field and when requested to do so after entry. Individuals without proper identification or who are not of legal drinking age who are in violation of the tailgating guidelines are subject to penalty up to and including removal from campus, appropriate criminal charges and prohibition from future participation.
  2. Alcoholic beverages and containers are strictly prohibited from the competition venue or any other part of campus outside of Mapp Field.
  3. The consumption of alcohol by minors (those under 21 years of age) or the serving of alcohol to minors is a violation of federal and state law as well as the College alcohol policy and will NOT be tolerated. Individuals supplying alcoholic beverages to those under the legal drinking age will be ticketed, arrested, and/or subject to College sanctions.
  4. Wristbands are provided for all persons of legal drinking age (21 or older); all persons in possession of or consuming alcohol must have their wristband visible at all times.
  5. All items are subject to inspection (i.e. backpacks, bags, cups, etc.).
  6. No alcohol, unauthorized products, or merchandise may be sold on the premises.
  7. No student organization or group may distribute alcohol.
  8. Drinking games and the use of devices intended to accelerate the consumption of alcohol (including but not limited to funnels and beer bongs) are prohibited.
  9. Common-source containers of alcohol meant for transporting, sharing, serving, and/or mixing alcohol in large quantities are prohibited. These containers include but are not limited to kegs, half barrels, pony kegs, or other common alcohol containers. 
  10. Driving under the influence of alcohol is illegal. Commonwealth of Virginia drinking and driving laws will be enforced in and around the tailgating area as well as the entire campus and the public roads near campus.

Risk Management

  1. Transportation of people in the backs/beds of trucks is prohibited. People are also prohibited from standing in or on top of vehicles.
  2. Tailgating activities can take place in your parking space and the area directly behind your space. Please ensure enough space for everyone to enjoy the area and be able to walk through the parking lot.
  3. For the safety of all in attendance, the use of recreational items including, but not limited to, bicycles, skateboards, hover boards, in-line skates, and motorized vehicles such as scooters, ATVs, go-carts, and golf carts is prohibited within the tailgating area.
  4. The safety and security of personal property is the sole responsibility of its owner; do not leave any personal property unattended.
  5. Bridgewater College is not responsible or to be held liable for accidents, damages, loss or theft of materials, items, or personal property.
  6. All members of your tailgating group and guests must review all tailgating guidelines.
  7. Contact Campus Police & Safety (540-828-5609) for all emergencies.

IMPORTANT NOTE: VIOLATORS ARE SUBJECT TO PROVISIONS OF VIRGINIA LAW AND REMOVAL FROM BRIDGEWATER COLLEGE PROPERTY, INCLUDING FORFEITED GAME TICKETS/RETURN ENTRY INTO THE STANDS.

Bridgewater Campus Police & Safety, Event Staff, and additional local law enforcement agencies will maintain an active presence during all tailgating activities and will respond accordingly to any violations or emergencies.

To ensure the appropriate celebratory environment is maintained, the College reserves the right to revoke the tailgating privileges of any individual(s) for reason of safety, disruption of the peace, or failure to adhere to policies and regulations. Students may also be subject to disciplinary action as outlined in The Eagle student handbook.

Bridgewater College reserves the right to amend these guidelines at any time and for any reason, including closing any parking lots, and to place additional restrictions or conditions on persons entering areas where tailgating is allowed.

FAQs

Where does tailgating take place?
The College has designated a large area of Mapp Field for tailgating with alcohol and the Carter Center parking lot for tailgating without alcohol. In the event that Mapp Field reaches capacity, the College will designate the lot near the baseball field as an overflow area for tailgating with alcohol. All other areas and lots on campus will be for parking only, no tailgating/picnicking of any kind.

When can I tailgate?
Tailgating is permitted on designated home football game days. Fans may enter tailgating areas up to three hours in advance of the game. For daytime games, fans may remain in the tailgating areas for up to two hours after conclusion of the game, alcohol may be consumed for only up to one hour following the end of the game. For evening games, the tailgating areas will close immediately following conclusion of the game.

Why is the College offering tailgating?
As a dry campus, Bridgewater College does not permit students to possess or consume alcohol on campus or in residence halls. We understand that football spectators often wish to enjoy an alcoholic beverage on game day, and this coordinated location enables that to occur while ensuring the safety of our community and inspiring a festive game-day atmosphere.

How do I get a spot in Mapp Field?
Spaces are available on a first-come, first-served basis and can be reserved online to ensure a spot. We have spaces for 100 cars and 5 RVs. Once those spaces are filled, the College may make the determination to open an overflow tailgating area in the parking lot near the baseball field.

What is required for entry to Mapp Field?
Entrance to Mapp Field with or without a parking spot reservation requires a game ticket, Eagle Club card or valid College ID (for current students and current or retired faculty and staff). Eagle Club members should reserve a tailgating space online if they plan to participate in the tailgating activities in Mapp Field. Game day tickets will be available for purchase with cash or check at the entrance of Mapp Field and between Memorial and Flory halls for anyone else who wishes to arrive on foot and participate.

What does it cost to tailgate?
For the 2017 season, parking and tailgating is free and requires only a game ticket, Eagle Club card or valid College ID (for current students and current or retired faculty and staff).

What happens if Mapp Field is full?
The College will make the determination to open an overflow tailgating area in the parking lot near the baseball field. At that point, tailgaters without a reserved spot in Mapp Field will be rerouted to the overflow lot.

What happens if it rains or storms?
Games take place rain or shine, but, in the event of thunder or lightening, the stadium will be cleared and spectators will be directed to seek shelter in a nearby building or their cars until the storm has passed.

I’m under 21. Can I still tailgate?
Yes, fans under 21 are permitted into the Mapp Field tailgating area. Only those who are 21 years of age or older will receive a wristband permitting them to consume alcohol.

I’m a BC student. Can I consume alcohol at Mapp Field?
Yes, if you are 21 or over with a valid I.D.

What happens if I get caught drinking underage, acting disruptively or breaking any of the College’s tailgating guidelines?
Depending on the infraction, you may be asked to leave, have your tailgating privileges revoked for future games, and/or face arrest or disciplinary action by the College, if a student.

Can I select my tailgating spot?
No, to assist with traffic flow, vehicles are parked in the order they arrive at Mapp Field.

I want to park beside friends. Can I hold spaces?
No, vehicles will be parked in the order they arrive at Mapp Field. Because of that, if you wish to park beside another car, you’ll want to enter Mapp Field at the same time. We suggest meeting at the 7-11 or somewhere else on Main Street in Bridgewater, as you’ll then be close to the Mapp tailgating entrance on E. Riverside Drive off of Main Street (follow signs).

Can I play music?
We have neighbors near campus and need to be respectful of those around us. For that reason, individuals are expected to conduct themselves in a respectful manner that reflects positively on Bridgewater College at all times. Individuals acting in a manner that is disrespectful, disruptive, or disorderly or persons interfering with the rights of other people by use of loud and/or abusive language and behavior will be asked to leave College property and may be subject to citation or arrest. Noise levels for personal music (either coming from a car stereo or portable speakers in the tailgating area) must be kept at a reasonable volume.

Can I grill food?
Propane grills with no more than standard, 20-pound tanks are permitted. The use of wood and charcoal grills, open-flame fires and fire pits, deep fryers, and electric generators are prohibited.

What can’t be brought into Mapp Field?
In addition to the prohibited grills listed above, common-source alcohol containers such as kegs, funnels, and beer bongs are not permitted.

Can we play games?
Common tailgating games such as corn hole are permitted, but must not obstruct access lanes. All drinking games are prohibited.

What must I do before exiting Mapp Field?
Before leaving, please clean up all trash from your tailgating area, placing it in one of the many garbage cans located throughout Mapp Field.

I’m a fan of the visiting team. Where do I park?
Visiting fans should park in the visiting tailgate area on East College Street. Follow the signs when you arrive to campus.

I would like to picnic but would prefer to not be around the consumption of alcohol. Where do I go?
The alcohol-free tailgating area is in the Carter Center parking lot. Follow the signs when you arrive to campus.

I have a disability. Where should I park?
Handicapped parking is available along East College Street. Follow the signs when you arrive to campus. If you wish to tailgate, accommodations will be made for you in the Eagle Club parking area in the lot near the baseball field, as the grass surface in Mapp Field cannot accommodate heavy wheelchair-accessible vehicles.

I don’t want to tailgate or picnic and just want to park. Where do I go?
All other lots on campus are for general parking. Follow the signs when you arrive to campus.

I have other questions.
Please refer to the Bridgewater College Tailgating Guidelines. If, upon review of the guidelines, you have remaining questions, please contact 540-515-3758 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. during regular business hours.

Football Tailgating & Parking Map

Reserve a Spot in Mapp Field

Spaces in the Mapp Field tailgating area are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Reserve your space now to ensure you’re part of the action!

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Questions? Contact Us!

Tella Klein
Campus Police and Safety
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