Homecoming Tailgate Information

The Office of Alumni Relations is excited to offer free tailgate spaces surrounding Tate Field—including Bobcat Bank—for the soccer matches, field games, and fireworks display on Saturday, Oct. 5.

Frequently Asked Questions


    Who can claim tailgate spaces?

    We are excited to celebrate Homecoming with the entire Bobcat Family! Spaces can be claimed by alumni, families, students, faculty, staff, student organizations, and athletic teams who want to come together to cheer on our soccer teams!

    Are all the tailgate spaces the same?

    Bobcat fans can register for a space in one of three sections surrounding Tate Field. Section A spaces on Bobcat Bank are 14 feet wide and permit one vehicle and one tent. All other non-vehicle spaces in Sections B and C are 12 feet wide and permit one tent only.

    This year we are excited to offer a student section at the heart of Bobcat Bank for groups of students, organizations, and teams. Registration for current students will open on Tuesday, Sept. 24 from 11 a.m.–2 p.m. To reserve a space, visit Riley Sailor, director of campus life, in the Student Affairs office.

    View the map of available spaces


    How do I register for a tailgate space?

    To register, visit lmc.edu/tailgate and click the “Tailgate Registration” button near the top of the page. When the registration opens on Wednesday, Sept. 25 at 3 p.m., you will see the list of available spaces. Please select the location you would like. Spaces are first come, first served.

    Please note: If using a mobile device (phone, tablet, etc.) to register you will not be able to choose individual tailgate spaces. The spaces will be assigned by "best available" in each section. In order to choose a specific space, please use a laptop or desktop computer. 

    We limit each person, group, or organization to one space. We ask that you please respect your space and those in the spaces around you.


    How much do tailgate spaces cost?

    While limited, spaces are free! We want everyone to be able to enjoy this family-friendly event without worrying about cost.

    When can I arrive to my tailgate space?

    The spaces will open at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 5. Tailgate attendees are not permitted in spaces prior to event opening. Please bring your printed ticket to show event staff onsite.

    Where should I park?

    Parking during the event will be available at the Dickerson Athletic Complex and the Grandfather Home for Children field off Hickory Nut Gap Road (weather permitting). Parking will also be available in the Cannon Student Center, Hayes Auditorium, May School of Nursing and Health Sciences, and lower Chaffee lots.

    A five-minute unloading zone will be available near Bobcat Bank at Tate Field. Shuttles will run from 1–9 p.m. and depart from Tufts Tower and the Hayes lot on the main campus.


    What are the rules regarding alcohol consumption?

    For Homecoming only, Lees-McRae College allows those of 21 years of age and older to consume alcoholic beverages in moderation while tailgating. Those consuming or in possession of alcohol must be able to present a valid form of I.D. (Unexpired state issued driver’s license, U.S. Military I.D., State of N.C. Special Identification Card, Official Passport). Spirits, kegs, and/or glass containers are not permitted in any location.

    This is a family-friendly event. Please consume wisely and be respectful of other attendees.


    Can I bring my pet?

    Pets are permitted at tailgate spaces. However, animals must be kept on a leash and all waste must be disposed of properly. Please use discretion; there will be large crowds and loud noises (bands, fireworks, etc.) throughout the event.

    Can I bring my grill?

    Propane and charcoal grills are the only permissible sources of heat for cooking. Hot coals must be completely extinguished with water prior to leaving the tailgate space. Open flame fires, including fire pits, are not permitted.

    Is electricity available?

    Electricity is not provided. If you are in need of power, we recommend that you use your vehicle to power any audio or video equipment. AC converters can be purchased at most electronics stores. Generators are not permitted.

    What do I need to do at the end of the tailgate event?

    We are lucky to live in these beautiful mountains and we want them to stay pristine! Please take advantage of the recycling options and ensure that all trash is removed before you leave your space.
Have additional questions? Contact Tariana Nguyen at 828.898.8754 or nguyent@lmc.edu