Tailgate Info & FAQ
Find information about game day and answers to the most frequently asked questions below:
ON GAME DAY
Where Is the Tailgate? We tailgate in the parking lot across from Scholz Garten, at 17th St & San Jacinto. See Location/Maps page for details. We may move the tailgate for certain tailgates, so keep check back with us.
What Time Should I Arrive? Arrive as early as possible! Texas football games are the most attended events in Austin. Traffic and parking can be a mess! For games that start at 11:00AM and 2:30PM plan to arrive at least 2.5 hours before kick-off ; For games at 6:00PM or 7:00PM plan to arrive at least 3.5 hours before kick-off. These are just suggestions, but honestly, I would get down there as soon as you possibly can. If it's a big game then I would add an hour or two to the times suggested above.
Where Do I Park? Parking in the tailgate lot is not available. You will need to park on the street in a metered spot, but to get one close, you'll need to arrive super-early! Your best bet is to park in a public parking garage or the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum's underground parking garage. Arrive early! Garages fill up on UT game days. Tip: Carpool, take a cab or ride-share. Check here for parking maps.
Is There a Fee to Attend? Yes, attending the tailgate requires a donation to our organization and a ticket; however, you can help us set up in the morning and get in without a donation! Click here for more info. Your entry gives you access to open bar, World famous Rudy's BBQ and more! You can also upgrade to VIP at certain tailgates and get much more!
What Should I Bring? Although most items are provided or available to you upon entry, some things to keep in mind are: Any special food or drink that you want or money for tipping, a tailgate/camping chair if you want to sit, sunscreen, comfortable clothes and shoes, a poncho or umbrella in case it rains, a camera, a designated driver! If you have questions about an item you want to bring, please contact us.
Is Food and Drink Included? Yes! Food and drink (alcoholic and non-alcoholic) are included with your admission to the tailgate. We are within walking distance of a few places. You are always welcome to bring your own food and drinks (but a donation to enter is still required.)
What are Wristbands For? You will receive a wristband at the tailgate when you make your donation, present your printed ticket/ticket on your mobile phone, transaction receipt or present a Season Pass at the check-in desk at the tailgate. You must have on a tailgate wristband in order to enter and get food and open bar provided by our TABC certified bartenders.
How Do I Get a Wristband? Wristbands are available to any non-impaired adult when you donate or you help set up the tailgate in the morning. Minors can get a wristband for a smaller donation, which includes entry with food and non-alcoholic drinks.
Is this a Place to Party or Sit Back and Relax? We're mostly a party! There's a lot of drinking, a lot of drinking games and a lot of alcohol flowing. We host a lot of bachelor parties and the like, so the setting may not be appropriate for everyone. If you're looking for a quiet place to tailgate in peace before the game, we're probably not your best bet, honestly. But come check us out and make that decision for yourself :)
Will You Have the Football Game On TV? Absolutely! We will watch the UT football game at the tailgate, even if it's on pay-per-view. We will watch other games throughout the day as well on the available TV's. We will show all games broadcast on the Longhorn Network.
What Happens If It Rains? We tailgate rain or shine! We have a ton of space covered by canopies, so you will stay dry. In our history, it has only rained a few times and never the whole day.
Can I Bring My Dog? If you REALLY want to, but it is not recommended. It's very crowded, extremely hot and we tailgate on asphalt. There is not a grass patch suitable for them to play or relieve themselves on. If you do choose to bring them out, they are required by law to be on a leash and not tied to anything. Please leash them and accompany them at all times. If it becomes a problem, you may be kindly asked to leave without a donation refund.
Can I Bring Friends? Sure! The more the merrier - even if they are from the opposing team; just make sure everyone is respectful.
Isn't It Too Hot To Be Outside All Day?! Yes and No. Is it hot? oh yeah. Too hot to tailgate? NEVER! We cover our entire area with canopies, we have a full misting system, multiple fans blowing and ice water available. If it's cold outside, we enclose the tents and blast heaters! We do everything we can to make it as comfortable as possible for everyone. If you have any suggestions to make it more comfortable, please contact us.
What Is There To Do? We have multiple activities that you can do. The TV is up and running all day, you can join in on a game of corn-hole or beer pong or just socialize and meet new people. There are multiple tailgates in the area that you can visit and we are within walking distance of AM1300 The Zone's Bevo Blvd tailgate and ESPN Austin's Gameday show at Scholz Garten. You can meander around the Bob Bullock Texas History Museum or UT Campus. You can come and go from our tailgate as you please!
Where Do I Use the Restroom? Upgrade to VIP at certain tailgates and get access to private, lighted port-a-potties (paper and hand sanitizer included!) There are port-a-potties available in some areas for the general public. We are also within walking distance of some indoor restrooms.
Can I Bring My Kids? Absolutely! But remember, this is a tailgate in a University setting. There is a ton of alcohol and there will be vulgarity and things happening that are inappropriate for some children. Fraternity's, sorority's and local businesses all tailgate close by and we are not responsible for what goes on there. There will be other kids around, so we do our best to make it as kid-friendly as possible, but ultimately, it is your responsibility to determine whether the situation is appropriate for your children. And of course, you are responsible and liable for them while they're at the tailgate. Minors are allowed entry and require a donation to cover food and non-alcoholic drinks.
Do You Host Events? Yes! We have had corporate events, bachelor/bachelorette parties, birthday celebrations, reunions and much more! We can provide space, bar access, food and anything else you need to have a great time. If you are interested in having an event, please contact us.
Will You Watch My Stuff While I'm at the Game? Sorry, we don't have lockers and are not responsible for items left at the tailgate. I wish we could watch everyone's stuff, but it's just not feasible for us at this time.
Will You Run Out of Beer or Food? It's certainly possible, although usually we don't! We will serve from our bars until kick-off and may extend service while people are watching the game. Service will absolutely stop as soon as half-time ends. Unfortunately, we can not guarantee that we won't run out of your favorite drink or food as there are too many factors out of our control out there. We've been doing this a long time and are pretty good at judging how much we need; however, sometimes things happen that may limit what we're able to provide. You are welcome to bring in your own beer and food if you're concerned that we'll run out.
Where's the Ambulance!? Our darling ambulance will not attend the tailgate; she's in semi-retirement.
Can We Watch Team A vs. Team B on ESPN? If our satellite is up and running for the day, we will be happy to turn on the game for you (Unless Texas is on). If we are not using a Satellite feed for the day, we will show whatever games are on ABC, FOX, CBS or NBC using our over-the-air antenna. We typically do not set up our satellite if the Texas game is broadcast over-the-air or we're streaming the game.
Are You a Professional Tailgating Company? Nope, we're just a bunch of fans who are passionate about tailgating that have turned their personal tailgate into a place for others to enjoy.
How Much Does All This Cost? Costs vary each season, but here's a good outline: Spot reservation: $3000.00+. Ice, mixers, gas, satellite service, misc supplies: $1500.00+ per game. It costs roughly $10 - $20k per season to put on the tailgate. This doesn't include one-time costs such as infrastructure (canopies, fans, tables, chairs, satellite dish, etc.). And then the cost of the ambulance, paint job, etc. As you can see, it's quite expensive to throw a tailgate like we do!
Who Pays For All Of This? The tailgate is funded privately by the founders of Horn-Ball. Some money is received from our sponsors, but the majority of all costs are paid out-of-pocket. This is why donations are so important to the long-term success of the tailgate.
Do You Accept Donations? Yes! Absolutely! We need donations in order to sustain the level of success this tailgate has. We accept donations (cash, debit, credit) at each tailgate and donations through our website. Donating makes sure our tailgate continues! Please Donate Today! For more information or to donate online, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Do You Need Any Help? YES! We need volunteers each week to help us setup and breakdown! We also need volunteers to help with certain aspects of the tailgate, this website and other important things. For more information about this, click here.