PARKING/TAILGATING


Cornell Football Parking Information

– All lots will open 3 hours prior to kickoff. For Friday night kickoff, tailgating will begin at 4PM. C-Lot ($10) is card only; The Hoy Garage, Kite Hill Lots & Alumni Lot are free for all games with the exception of homecoming.

-Homecoming (9/28 vs Yale) prices are as followed: C-Lot (TBD); Hoy Garage ($20); Kite Hill, Alumni & Wing Drive ($25). Cash & card both accepted.

University parking lots are strictly enforced until 5pm on weekdays. Metered lots are recommended for afternoon games – click HERE for short-term parking information.

Responsible tailgating is permitted for Cornell Athletics events in specified areas (which vary based on sport and location), which are assigned and approved on a case-by-case basis. Tailgating is at the sole discretion of Cornell Athletics and/or Cornell Police. University policy and federal law precludes the serving of alcoholic beverages to anyone under 21 years of age.

Whether you are a Big Red fan or a fan of our opponent, we want you to have an enjoyable experience during your visit to Cornell University. The parking and tailgating policies below are designed to ensure your safety and comfort. The Cornell University Athletic Department designates permissible tailgating areas/parking spaces that are available on a first-come, first-served basis and cannot be saved. Fans that wish to park together must enter lots with their vehicles at the same time. All fans parking vehicles are subject to the parking regulations, and if fans would like to tailgate, they are also subject to the tailgating regulations. By acceptance of a pass, one agrees to abide by the requirements of the Cornell Athletics tailgating policy and Cornell Universities Policy for Events Involving Food or Alcohol.

General Rules
  • Keep sidewalks and roadways clear of obstructions for those who use wheelchairs or walk with assistive devices. ∙ Respect the beauty of the grounds, and follow the directives of our parking attendants and special events staff. ∙ Exhibit proper behavior at tailgate parties and during the game. Foul abusive language, drunken and/or rowdy behavior will  not be tolerated and will be cause for ejection and/or arrest.

Please notify the nearest Cornell police officer or event staff member if bad behavior of this type is evident in your vicinity.

Parking Regulations
  • Motor Homes/Campers (RVs) and large trucks (U-Haul-type, over 2-1/2 tons) are not permitted in the tailgating area without  Athletic Department approval. Such vehicles will need to purchase parking passes for as many spaces as the vehicle occupies.  ∙ Buses are not permitted in the tailgating area.
  • Parking areas must be cleared two (2) hours after the conclusion of the game.
  • Parking on grass is prohibited.
Tailgating Regulations
  • Tailgating is only allowable in designated tailgate areas.
  • Each permit is valid for one (1) parking spot. Do not set up chairs and tables in an adjacent parking spot without purchase of  an additional permit.
  • Tailgating spaces are limited. Chairs, tables, tents, etc. must be confined to a small area behind your vehicle (tailgate).
  • Tailgating is permitted beginning three (3) hours prior to the start of the game unless otherwise communicated by Cornell  Athletics (including, but not limited to, Friday night games).
  • Tailgating is NOT permitted during the game.
  • University regulations and state statutes on drug and alcohol consumption will be strictly enforced. University policy and  state law precludes the serving of alcoholic beverages to anyone less than 21 years of age. Hosts who furnish alcohol to  underage students may incur criminal risks and personal civil liability exposure. In addition, your permit will be revoked and  you will be required to leave University property. Alcohol is not permitted beyond the tailgating perimeter and is restricted to the parking lots denoted on the issued tailgating permit. 
  • Kegs, party balls, drinking games and/or mass consumption purchases of alcohol are prohibited.
  • All pop-up canopies and tents must be properly anchored to the ground with supporting weight or stakes. A 10×10 canopy  should be anchored with approximately 100lbs of weight on paved areas where staking is not an option. Pop-up tents not  properly secured or posing risks and/or injury as a result of inclement weather will be asked to be taken down and removed  from the tailgating area. For more information, visit the University’s Tent Permit website.
  • Propane tanks exceeding 2.5lbs are NOT permitted. Use of propane grills is required to be accompanied with an approved  in-service ABC Fire Extinguisher. Propane grills should not be within 10 feet of a vehicles gas cap and must at least two feet  above the parking surface so heat does not cause damage to the asphalt. Please do not leave hot grills unattended. For more  information, visit the University’s Grill and Cooking Equipment Safety website.
  • Charcoal grills are NOT permitted.
  • Waste food items and trash must be disposed of in appropriate containers that are provided throughout the grounds.
  • Cornell Athletics reserves the right to restrict tailgating at their sole discretion.

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