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I. Policy to Support Safe, Fan-Friendly Tailgating around Athletic Events on the Campus of
UNC and its Department of Athletics are excited to host fans for game days with the Tar Heels! We hope
that everyone will help us cultivate a safe, lively, and enjoyable atmosphere for fans of all ages by being
mindful of these Tailgating provisions. We look forward to seeing you at a Tailgate soon. Go Heels!
1. Tailgating at UNC is a cherished part of the Tar Heel game day tradition. All fans are encouraged to
tailgate and share in the communal excitement that surrounds UNC games and brings people
across the State of North Carolina to Chapel Hill. This Policy is intended to help foster a safe,
enjoyable environment that will enhance and promote civility, ethical conduct, good sportsmanship, and
an exciting game day atmosphere amongst fans, students, and visitors on the campus of UNC. The
provisions herein are intended to work in conjunction with, not to contradict, other policies and
procedures of UNC and its Department of Athletics.
2. This Policy may be reviewed and modified from time to time by UNC. It is the responsibility of every
person or group using UNC property on game day to be familiar with and abide by the provisions herein
as well as the terms of all other applicable laws, rules, and regulations. Please note that Tailgate set ups
are subject to removal for violations of this Policy.
“Alcohol” shall include, but not be limited to, beer, wine, and liquor.
“Commercial Sales” shall include, but not be limited to, the sale of any products whatsoever by any
individual or entity not a part of, approved by, or licensed by UNC.
“Grill Content” shall include items used or generated through the operations of any grill including, but not
limited to: coals, ash, grease, and other residue.
“Department of Athletics” shall mean UNC’s Department of Athletics.
“Tailgate” or “Tailgating” shall generally mean a festive gathering of people outdoors which typically
occurs around a Vehicle or in parking lots and surrounding areas before and/or after a sporting event on
the campus of UNC.
“Tent” shall also include any canopy or other similar structure used in conjunction with or as part of a
“UNC” shall mean the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.
“Vehicle” shall include, but not be limited to, any car, truck, limousine, van, mobile home/RV, and any
Tailgates are welcome on UNC’s campus on game days and fans are encouraged to responsibly enjoy the
festive environment Tailgating provides. To allow for as many people as possible to Tailgate on UNC’s
campus, fans are asked not to occupy more than one parking space per vehicle or Tailgate.
1. Some parking decks and lots on campus have reserved parking spaces in which parking is only
permitted by individuals displaying a valid permit. Generally, Rams Club members are provided parking
passes for reserved lots based on the number of season tickets purchased by the member and their Priority
Point total. (The Priority Point total corresponds to the amount donated and years of Rams Club
2. Rams Club members with a mobile home/RV may choose to have their parking located in the
Williamson Lot, located directly across Skipper Bowles Drive from the Dean E. Smith Center and Ernie
Williamson Athletic Center. The Williamson Lot is the designated location for Rams Club members to
park their mobile home/RV at UNC football games. Additional mobile home/RV parking is available to
the public at UNC’s Friday Center.
3. Parking for the general public is available and parking fees are assessed to each Vehicle upon entry.
4. Information about general traffic patterns, transportation, parking for handicapped patrons, and
parking locations for cars, buses, and other Vehicles can be obtained from UNC’s Department of Public
Safety at http://www.dps.unc.edu/SpecEvent/Football.htm.
d. Dates and Times
1. Parking lots will open at 8:00 AM on weekend game days and fans are encouraged to begin tailgating
at that time.
2. The Williamson Lot will open for mobile home/RV parking and Tailgating activities at 5 PM on the
Friday before each UNC home football Saturday. After enjoying game day with the Tar Heels, fans are
asked to clear all mobile homes/RVs from the Williamson Lot by 5 PM on the day following each UNC
home football game.
e. Tents and other Tailgating Items
To effectively accommodate the large number of fans wishing to Tailgate, the University asks individuals
to be cognizant of the Tents and other Tailgating items they use.
1. No Tent used as part of or in conjunction with a Tailgate should exceed ten feet by ten feet unless the
use of such larger Tent is specifically preapproved in writing by both the Department of Athletics and
UNC Department of Public Safety. Each Tent used near a grilling area shall be UL approved and have a
fire resistance rating label. Such Tents used near grilling areas shall also be completely open on all sides.
2. Unstable structures can pose a safety threat and interfere with fans’ enjoyment of game day.
Therefore, all Tents and similar structures used in conjunction with or as part of a Tailgate must be
adequately secured and anchored appropriately using, for example, sandbags or water barrels. Due to
potential damage to underground utilities, the use of stakes is prohibited.
3. To allow fans to easily move throughout UNC’s campus on game day, no Tent, similar structure,
furniture, grill, generator, or other item used in conjunction with or as part of a Tailgate should be
positioned to obstruct any sidewalks, driving lanes, traffic flow, pedestrian walkways, or disability access
UNC believes it is extremely important to ensure a safe, responsible, and enjoyable atmosphere on game
days. Additionally, the University endeavors to foster a positive relationship with the town and residents
of Chapel Hill. In furtherance of these objectives, UNC and its Department of Athletics ask visitors to
campus to be cognizant of and abide by all applicable laws, rules, regulations, and policies pertaining to
Alcohol. Among other things, UNC and its Department of Athletics expect fans to avoid participation in
or support of any circumstances involving public intoxication, disorderly conduct, and underage drinking.
On game days, UNC will focus its enforcement resources to prevent and deter high-risk problem
behaviors. For more information, refer to the UNC Alcohol Policy and applicable Town Ordinances (Sec.
3-3) and state statutes [G.S. 18B-301(f)(4)].
g. Glass Containers
The use of glass containers is strongly discouraged in University-operated parking facilities.
Grills are a popular item at many Tailgates and may be used during Tailgating activities on UNC’s
campus, provided they are operated in a safe and responsible manner in accordance with the provisions
1. Operators of grills are responsible for their safe operation at all times while on the campus of UNC.
Grill operators should have an approved ABC fire extinguisher.
2. Propane gas and charcoal grills are permitted at outdoor Tailgates on UNC’s campus. Smokers and
other open flame and heat-producing devices are not allowed inside buildings or parking decks.
3. All grills used at Tailgates on UNC’s campus must have metal covers or lids.
4. The area within ten feet of any barbecue Grill, smoker, or deep fryer shall be kept clear of all debris.
Each Grill operator should ensure that grass is no less than six inches from the heating surface.
5. Grills at Tailgates on UNC’s campus may not be attached to, connected to, or positioned such that they
have any contact with a Vehicle while in use.
6. While used at any Tailgate on UNC’s campus, all fires must be contained within the grill. Grills
should be positioned so that flames are kept at a sufficient distance from buildings, trees, tents, HVAC
intakes, fresh air intakes, vehicles, flammable or combustible liquids, and any other flammable or
combustible items. Grills shall be located a minimum of 25 feet away from combustible structures and
ten feet away from non-combustible structures. Grills shall also not be positioned so as to obstruct the
ingress or egress from any building.
7. Cookers or Grills on trailers shall not be larger than a 55 gallon drum and shall not be left attached to a
Vehicle while in use. Such cookers or Grills shall not be used in non-open spaces (parking decks, for
8. Fires in charcoal Grills must be thoroughly extinguished with water before leaving the Grill
unattended. To properly extinguish charcoals, pour water on the coals until they are no longer hot.
9. Tank valves must be shut off prior to disconnecting propane cylinders from barbecue Grills, smokers,
or deep fryers. Propane cylinders shall be removed from all Grills prior to storage.
10. Grills shall be fully cooled prior to storage and should be properly secured after use.
No propane gas canister used in conjunction with or accompanying a Tailgate may exceed an approved
LP gas 20 pound tank. Due the safety risks involved with significant amounts of propane, Tailgates
should not have more than one spare 20 pound tank of propane. As additional safety precautions, spare
canisters should be kept at least ten feet from all grilling activities and should be kept in an upright
position so that the pressure relief valve is in direct communication with the vapor space of the canister.
Guests are asked to bring their propane canisters with them when they leave campus so that the canisters
may be properly disposed of elsewhere.
j. Use of Power Outlets in Parking Decks
Guests using power outlets in parking decks on UNC’s campus must abide by the requirements below and
remain cognizant of the following provisions:
1. Electrical connections may not be left unattended at any time.
2. The duration of power outlet use in parking decks on game days shall be limited, typically to two
3. Department of Athletics Facilities staff shall periodically monitor or inspect power outlets to ensure
the safety of electrical connections (single access cords in good condition) and to make sure that cords do
not cross travel lanes or create tripping hazards. Though the Department of Athletics will assist in
monitoring these conditions, guests are fully responsible for ensuring the safety and functionality of any
cords, electrical connections, and devices used. Similarly, guests using any power outlet in a parking
deck on UNC’s campus shall assume any liability from any claim arising from or caused by such use,
whether directly or indirectly.
4. Prior to each home UNC football game, UNC’s Department of Public Safety shall remove all outlet
locks in parking facilities used for game day parking. The Department of Public Safety shall reinstall
such locks after each home UNC football game. (The Department of Athletics shall reimburse the
Department of Public Safety for the labor costs to remove and reinstall the outlet locks. The Department
of Athletics shall also pay for the incremental electricity usage consumed by Tailgates on game days.)
Portable electrical generators are permitted, but each generator should be equipped with a noise-reducing
device (for example, a manufacturer-approved cover or muffler). Special care and consideration should
be taken when handling fuel and extension cords associated with generators. Generators shall not be
operated in enclosed areas, near building intake ventilation ducts, or in parking decks. Generators shall
not be refueled while in operation.
Tailgating is an essential component of the festive, enjoyable atmosphere that draws thousands of people
to home UNC athletic events. Visitors to campus are encouraged to consider the content and volume of
television programs and music played so they can help everyone best enjoy the lively setting of game
days on UNC’s campus.
m. Prohibited Items
1. To ensure a safe, enjoyable environment for everyone, no weapons of any kind are permitted at
Tailgates on the campus of UNC.
2. The use of golf carts, mopeds, scooters, ATVs, go-carts, and other similar motorized vehicles can be a
danger to pedestrians. Therefore, use of any such vehicle around any Tailgate must be specifically
preapproved in writing by UNC’s Department of Public Safety unless such use is by a UNC employee or
agent of UNC who needs to use such vehicle for work-related purposes.
3. Personal and portable restrooms are not permitted.
4. Solicitations, banners and signage for advertising purposes, and product sampling endeavors are not
permitted unless written approval is provided in advance by an authorized representative of UNC’s
Department of Athletics.
n. Disposal and Cleanup
Visitors to UNC’s campus are asked to help maintain and preserve the pristine nature of the grounds by
being responsible on game day and cleaning up after Tailgating. Each Tailgate is expected to properly
dispose of all trash and other refuse.
1. Each Tailgate should ensure that there is no loose trash or other refuse surrounding the Tailgate area.
2. UNC encourages everyone to properly dispose of Tailgate waste and, whenever possible, to reduce,
reuse, and recycle. Each Tailgate should collect trash and recycling in separate bags. Recyclable items
include aluminum and steel cans, plastic and glass bottles, #2 and #5 tubs, cardboard, and paper. In some
high-traffic parking lots, UNC may provide color coded trash and recycling bags for use by Tailgates.
Unless otherwise instructed, trash should be placed in green dumpsters and recycling should be placed in
blue carts at the dumpster sites. (Tailgaters are encouraged to reduce waste by reusing equipment,
coolers, cups, napkins, utensils, and other materials. Waste can also be reduced by eliminating or
minimizing the use of disposable or single-use items, serving snacks and condiments in bulk, and
bringing storage containers for leftover food.)
3. Excess liquids (such as cooking grease and unfinished beverages) shall not be poured down storm
water drains (each of which is marked with a “Drains to Creek” placard). Cooking grease should also not
be disposed of in dumpsters.
4. All Grill Content and other waste must be disposed of in an appropriate manner in the Universityprovided
barrels marked “Hot Coals” or in similar metal containers with metal covers. Tailgaters shall
not put Grill Content in any trash receptacle, grass, shrubs, parking lot, bin, dumpster, or storm drain.
Abidance by these provisions reduces the risk of fire, injury, Vehicle damage, grounds damage, and the
possibility of sediments causing a negative environmental impact by entering the water drainage system.
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From Virginia and Points North: Take I-85 South to Durham, N.C. Exit left at US-15/501 in Durham and follow 15/501 approximately 9 miles to Chapel Hill. Once in Chapel Hill, maintain 15/501 Bypass (Fordham Blvd.). Around the 7th stoplight, turn right on Manning Drive. Continue on Manning until first stoplight. Turn right at light onto Ridge Road. Continue on Ridge Road approximately 1/4 mile until the first road on the left (immediately after the visitor parking lot). Turn left on Stadium Drive. Kenan Stadium is on the left immediately after the Alumni Center.
From Points West: Take I-85 North towards Durham, N.C. Exit just past Burlington onto NC-54 East (exit #148, Chapel Hill). Follow NC-54 for approximately 20 miles to Carrboro. Go through two stoplights and stay on NC-54 until the next stoplight. Turn left at light onto Manning Drive. Continue on Manning until first stoplight. Turn right at light onto Ridge Road. Continue on Ridge Road approximately 1/4 mile until the first road on the left (immediately after the visitor parking lot). Turn left on Stadium Drive. Kenan Stadium is on the left immediately after the Alumni Center.
From Points East: Take I-40 West to Chapel Hill. Exit at NC-54 West (exit #273 A) and follow for approximately 4 miles. After the US-15/501 overpass, continue straight on NC-54 until the next stoplight. Turn left at stoplight onto Country Club Road. Make immediate right onto Ridge Road. Continue on Ridge Road approximately 1/2 mile until first road on the right (immediately after Francis E. Henry stadium). Turn right on Stadium Drive. Kenan Stadium is on the left immediately after the Alumni Center.
From Points South: Take US-15/50 North to Chapel Hill. Exit right onto 15/501 Bypass in Chapel Hill. Turn left at first stoplight onto Manning Drive. Continue on Manning until first stoplight. Turn right at light onto Ridge Road. Continue on Ridge Road approximately 1/4 mile until the first road on the left (immediately after the visitor parking lot). Turn left on Stadium Drive. Kenan Stadium is on the left immediately after the Alumni Center.
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