Student Tailgate - Coastal Carolina University
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Student Tailgate

Get excited to cheer on your Chanticleer football team this fall!


  • Grass lot next to the soccer stadium and quail creek on University Boulevard
  • Tailgating is only authorized in this area. The tailgate location will not change for the football season; student organizations may not use an alternate location.


  • Tailgating will begin 3 hours before kickoff, unless otherwise noted.
  • The tailgate will end 30 minutes before kickoff. At that time, all students and guests should begin heading to the football stadium to enter Brooks Stadium.

Tailgate Entry

Any person (all students, guests, family members, alumni, etc.) must purchase an electronic pass for the student organization tailgate. Electronic passes are sold as a season pass and are good for the first 5 games of the season. There are no single game tailgate passes.

  • September 9 vs. Jacksonville State
  • September 16 vs. Duquesne
  • September 21 vs. Georgia State
  • October 28 vs. Marshall
  • November 11 vs. Texas State

Purchasing Tickets

Electronic Passes are sold through the Wheelwright Ticket office.

There are two pass options:

  • Non-Alcohol Pass- $15 + convenience fees
    • This pass is for anyone who is under 21 years old.
    • This pass is for anyone who does not intend to bring alcohol to the tailgate regardless of age.
  • Alcohol Pass- $20 + convenience fees
    • This pass is for anyone who is 21 years old or older who intends to bring alcohol to the student tailgate.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Who can set up a tent?
    • IFC fraternities are allowed to set up a tent no larger than 10X20, which must be placed in the lot 5 hours before kickoff in the locations designated by staff.
    • There will be three tents available via a lottery for student organizations who wish to have a designated space in the tailgate lot. If your organization would like to request a tent, please complete this form:
  • Can alcohol be brought into the tailgate area?
    • Only students and guests who are 21+ with a valid state ID may enter the tailgate area with alcohol. The alcohol that each person may bring and consume to a BYOB event is only beer, beer-equivalent (Whiteclaw, Truly, Smirnoff, Ciders, etc.), and wine. Beer and beer equivalent may be no more than six individually packaged, 12-ounce containers. Wine may be no more than six individually packaged, 187 ml containers. Liquor and glass containers are not allowed. The alcohol may only be consumed by the person who brought it. Regardless of allowed amounts, each student is expected to engage in low-risk drinking.
    • Consumption of alcohol outside the designated tailgating area is not allowed. Students lingering outside the tailgating area may be asked to enter or disperse. Alcohol may not be brought into the stadium from the tailgating area.
  • Can I bring in a bag?
    • Only clear, game day approved bags are allowed.
    • All bags will be checked.
  • Can organizations bring anything else besides a tent?
    • Organizations may bring lawn games (such as cornhole, spikeball, etc.). Organizations may bring folding chairs (such as lawn chairs). Organizations may not bring bars, speakers, DJ equipment, tables, platforms, grills, etc.
  • Will there be food?
    • Entrance in the tailgate includes food and non-alcoholic beverages.
  • Can I buy a season pass and give it to multiple friends?
    • Each pass can only be scanned once per game. You may purchase multiple passes. If you have a friend coming to visit on 9/9 and a different friend visiting on 9/16, you can use the same pass for those two different people because it is a different game. If you have two visitors on 9/9, you will need two different passes.
  • I’m turning 21 in the middle of the season; do I need to buy two different passes?
    • No, you may purchase the 21+ pass, however you can not bring alcohol to the tailgate until you have turned 21 and have a valid ID.
  • Do I have to bring my ID to enter?
    • You must have your valid state ID if you are 21+in order to enter the tailgate with alcohol.
  • Can I leave and re-enter?
    • All people who enter will have their hand stamped. Once your hand is stamped, you may not return with additional alcohol. You may re-enter.
  • How do I enter?
    • There will be two access points. One for students and guests with alcohol, and one for those without alcohol. Please have your electronic pass ready and your ID if you have alcohol. Your pass will be scanned at the entrance.


PROHIBITED Activities, Behavior, and Equipment

Behaviors outlined in the Code of Student Conduct, including but not limited to

  • Hostile communication and conduct
  • Misrepresentation of information (including false IDs)
  • Providing alcohol to an underage person
  • Consumption of alcohol by underage individuals
  • Public urination
  • Public drunkenness
  • Throwing beer cans or other items

Any student or guest can be ejected from the tailgate area by staff, police, or security for violating campus rules, regulations, or policies.

Items prohibited in the Code of Student Conduct and tailgating rules, including but not limited to:

  • Hard alcoholic beverages such as liquor (any alcohol above 15% ABV by serving)
  • Common source beverages such as kegs, boxed wine, etc.
  • Open containers of any kind
  • Drugs
  • Weapons
  • Fireworks and open fires, fueled by charcoal, wood, or other combustible materials of any kind
  • Bags and backpacks (with the exception of appropriate clear game day bags)
  • Glass containers of any kind, including bottles and cups
  • Propane, electric, or charcoal grills
  • Promotional or marketing activities without appropriate authorization from the university.
  • Coolers filled with ice- coolers and ice may be brought in separately

Disposal of trash

  • Sustainability will provide trash cans and recycling receptacles throughout the tailgate area.
  • Disposal of trash and waste items is the responsibility of the tailgater. Each organization registered to tailgate is responsible for the cleaning of the entire tailgate area and specifically the area surrounding their tent.
  • All people in attendance are encouraged to recycle aluminum cans in appropriate receptacles.


  • Tailgaters must be respectful of those around them and mindful that all students are subject to policies in the Code of Student Conduct. Everyone is subject to South Carolina state laws and should act in accordance. As a reminder, all participants of the student tailgate should:
    • Cooperate with law enforcement authorities and university personnel
    • Not unlawfully possess, distribute, or use any drug or controlled substance
    • Comply with all applicable university, city, state and federal rules, policies, ordinances, and laws
  • Violating tailgating rules, applicable laws, ordinances, and/or campus policies could result in action taken through the Coastal Carolina University Police Department, Dean of Students Office, Student Involvement and Leadership, and/or applicable Greek Council (Panhellenic Council, Interfraternity Council, or National Pan-Hellenic Council.)
  • The tailgate will be monitored by staff and the Coastal Carolina University Police Department. Students are encouraged to self-regulate, manage issues, and address community members who are violating rules.

Coastal Carolina University reserves the right to remove the privilege of tenting for any organization and cancel or end a tailgate early as necessary.