Tailgating at Samford University

As a tailgating group or organization, Samford University requires that you adhere to the following policies, guidelines, and procedures for the current football season. These policies are to insure that proper safety precautions are adhered to, and to protect/preserve University property. All tailgating plans are subject to the University’s approval. These policies may be altered if the University’s staff determines that there is a need for increased safety or for the protection of property.


Quad Accessibility for Tailgating Activities

There are (3) ADA accessible options for entering the Quad, each of which includes accessible parking and sidewalk ramps. The first entrance is located at Talbird Circle near the west entrance of the University Center, just north of Pittman Hall. The second entrance is located near Bolding Rose Garden and the west side of the Leslie Stephen Wright Fine Arts Center. The third entrance is located at the Dwight Beeson Hall parking lot, between the Dwight Beeson Hall building and the University Library.

To Stadium for Football Game and Activities

There are ADA Accessible Parking areas on both the East Side of Seibert Stadium outside of Gate B, and on the West Side of Seibert Stadium in the South Stadium Lot. Accessible parking spaces in the East and South Stadium lots are available on a first come first served basis for patrons with a handicap placard.

University Center

The first floor (bookstore, food court, post office) can be accessed via automatic door by entering from Ben Brown Plaza. There is an elevator to the left of the food court that provides access to the cafeteria on the second floor. The second floor (hub, public safety, cafeteria, Howard Room) can also be accessed from Talbird Circle via the ramp located on the left front side of the building. The elevator located next to the cafeteria provides access to the first floor.

Bulldog Walk

Bulldog Walk is a proud tradition at Samford University Tailgate. It begins 2 hours before kickoff during all home games. Bulldog Walk begins at the South entrance of the University Center and ends at Sullivan-Cooney Family Fieldhouse.

Bulldog Walk
DateOpponentBulldog Walk Time
August 31 (Thursday) Kennesaw State 4 p.m.
September 7 (Thursday) West Alabama 4 p.m.
September 30 The Citadel 12 p.m.
October 28 Chattanooga 12 p.m.
November 11 ETSU 12 p.m.
November 18 Furman 12 p.m.


Please email events@samford.edu to cancel your tailgate reservation. Cancellations must be received in writing, no later than noon on the Tuesday before game day.

Consumption of Alcohol

Alcohol is NOT permitted on Samford's campus. Any violations of this policy will be reported to the proper authorities.

Emergency Information

In case of an emergency, call 911. The Public Safety Department can be contacted directly at 205-726-2020.


Samford University reserves the right to refuse service to anyone at any time – inappropriate behavior will result in the permanent loss of all parking and tailgating privileges.

Failure to comply with directions from any Samford personnel may result in the eviction from university property without refund of services.

Family Weekend

Family Weekend is September 29 – October 1. If you plan to tailgate as a family or with a group on the Quad during Family Weekend, we ask you to register ahead of time. Because tailgating is so popular during Family Weekend, space is limited and will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis.

University tables and chairs will not be available during Family Weekend tailgating. If you need to rent tents, tables, chairs, or linens, please email events@samford.edu and the Events Management office will provide you with tailgating packages and pricing, available through our only approved vendor The Tailgate Guys.

In addition to tailgating, advance registration is suggested for the many events offered, as some of them are ticketed or will have limited seating. Registration may be completed on the Parents web page. For any additional information about the weekend, please email sdoyle@samford.edu.

The Tailgate Guys Samford Tailgating Packages


There are no fees for guests to reserve space on the quad for tailgating events; however the quad is reserved for those who register by the deadline for each game and on a first-come, first-served basis. There is no need to register if space on the quad is not needed.


Sodexo is proud to be the food service provider for Samford University. Sodexo can provide a customized tailgate menu to take care of all food and beverage needs. From BBQ to Specialty Sliders or good old fashioned hamburgers and hot dogs, Sodexo will be happy to provide all the necessary sides and service items to round out the perfect day on campus. Call 205-726-2979 or please send an email to donna.lloyd@sodexo.com for tailgating orders.

Other dining options are the Samford food court, which is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and the Cafeteria, which is open 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., and 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturdays. Guests are welcome to bring food to the quad, please note in the tailgate registration form if you plan to grill.


Only silent generators are allowed on campus, however, no larger than 2500 watts. Larger generators, grills and flammable material such as propane and gasoline are not allowed within 20 feet of campus buildings, under trees, or in other designated no-grill areas.

Golf Carts

Golf carts will be allowed on the quad during vehicle access times (See Set-up and Breakdown schedules). In addition to these times, golf cart will be allowed access to the quad via the sidewalk between the Wright Center and Hodges Chapel after kickoff. Golf carts are strictly prohibited during tailgating times.


Grills must be placed in designated grilling areas only. Grilling is not allowed in parking decks. All grills must be placed away from tents and trees, and cannot be used under a covered surface. Generators, grills, and flammable material such as propane and gasoline are not allowed within 20 feet of campus buildings or in other designated no-grill areas. All fires must be contained within grills or other containers designed specifically for that purpose. Grills must be elevated and use self-lighting charcoal or propane. Extinguish charcoal fires thoroughly with water before leaving unattended. Place charcoal in designated containers or remove it from campus for disposal. DO NOT DUMP charcoal on the ground or in dumpsters. Oils of any kind cannot be disposed of in a storm drain or sanitary sewer. Please repackage and remove from site. At least 1 five-pound all-purpose fire extinguisher (ABC) must be provided if a grill is in use. Grilling may be limited during drought and/or high wind conditions.

Guest Conduct

Tailgating at Samford is a family friendly environment. Individuals, groups and organizations participating in a tailgate are responsible for their own conduct and are expected to respect the rights of others and the Samford community. All guests are expected to honor Samford’s Core Values while on campus. Failure to do so will result in the permanent loss of all tailgating privileges.


Homecoming will be November 10 – 12! During Samford’s Homecoming football game, tailgating space is limited. University tables and chairs will not be available during Homecoming Weekend tailgating. If you need to rent tents, tables, chairs, or linens, please email events@samford.edu and the Events Management office will provide you with tailgating packages and pricing, available through our only approved vendor The Tailgate Guys.

For any other questions regarding homecoming, please email Casey Ramey at cramey@samford.edu.


While music is allowed, appropriate volume and song selection is required. Live performances must be approved in advance and will be limited based on overall crowd expectation.

Parking Options on University Property

Game day parking on Samford’s campus is free of charge and first come first served in all parking areas with the exception of specific lots allocated to Samford Bulldog Club members and Samford Athletics Corporate Partners. You can access the Samford University campus map for information on the general parking areas and for more information on Bulldog Club membership, please call Hal Langston at 205-726-2050.


Pets must be kept on a controlled leash. Animals should not be left unattended or secured to university property. Pet owners are solely responsible for their pets and any damage or injuries that may occur. Pet owners are required to clean up after pets. No pets are allowed inside Seibert Stadium.


Anyone renting space on Samford University campus is responsible for the conduct of their guests. Children should be supervised at all times. Please use extreme caution when driving into or leaving the parking lots on campus.


Restrooms located inside the University Center are available for use during tailgate. Restrooms are located behind the Food Court and in the Student Affairs hallway.

Security and Safety

It is the responsibility of each tailgate party to secure tailgate items. Tailgaters should lock food, beverages, and valuables out of sight; extinguish all fire or flames; unplug electrical outlets; secure tents, tables, chairs, etc. Samford University is not responsible or liable for accidents, damage, loss, or theft of materials, items, or personal property at any time.

Selling on University Property

No sales activities or solicitation are allowed on the University campus, including any / all tailgating areas, without permission from the office of Event Management. To make a request, please email events@samford.edu.

Setup and Breakdown Schedules

If you need to drop off large/heavy items, the designated vehicle entrance to the Quad (A Sidewalk between Brooks and Burns Hall) will open 6 hours before kickoff and will close 3 hours prior to kickoff for weekend games only. Vehicle access is not allowed for games that fall Monday – Friday, no exceptions. No vehicles are allowed to drive on the Quad during business hours. See below for vehicle quad access times:

Setup and Breakdown
DateOpponentKickoffVehicle Access Hours
August 31 (Thursday) Kennesaw State 6 p.m. No Cars Allowed on Quad
September 7 (Thursday) West Alabama 6 p.m. No Cars Allowed on Quad
September 30 The Citadel 2 p.m. 8-11 a.m.
October 28 Chattanooga 2 p.m. 8-11 a.m.
November 11 ETSU 2 p.m. 8-11 a.m.
November 18 Furman 2 p.m. 8-11 a.m.

For reasons of personal safety and high volume of pedestrians, vehicles are not allowed to re-enter the quad after the game begins. If you would like to breakdown during the game, all items must be walked off the quad.

All vehicles to participate in tailgate breakdown will be allowed to re-enter the Quad at the end of the game and for up to one hour, after the game is over. After one hour passes, no cars will be allowed on the quad, so all remaining tailgate items must be walked off the quad. It is advised to walk your items back to your car to avoid long wait times.

If you do not require a vehicle for set-up/breakdown, you are welcome to set-up and breakdown at your leisure. If you have reserved space for tailgating, see the “Events Management” Tent for directions to your area.

All tailgaters are responsible for cleanup and must be off the quad no later than 10:00pm.

Tables & Chairs

There is a limited supply of tables and chairs for use by internal Samford groups only. In the event all tables and chairs are reserved, Events Management will direct all rental needs to an approved vendor. Tailgating Packages with pricing information will be provided through our approved vendor and is available through the Events Management Office.


Staking tents is NOT PERMITTED. Tents must be secured using sandbags, water barrels, etc. Tents must be certified NFPA 701 for flame resistance (must be labeled) or equivalent approval. There must be 12 feet of unobstructed space between the guy lines of adjoining tents. When the side flaps of tents are utilized and the occupant load is 15 or more, two exits must be provided.

If you would like to rent a tent, please email events@samford.edu and the events management office will provide you with tailgating packages and pricing, available through our approved vendor.


Any vehicles parked on restricted area, such as the Quad, fire lanes, service zones, sidewalk, etc., will be towed at the owner or operator's expense. If your vehicle gets towed, you may contact 205-726-4146 for its location and payment. This is strictly enforced.

Trash and Clean Up

All tailgating groups are responsible for making sure their assigned tailgating area is clean prior to departing the quad. All trash and recyclables must be disposed of in proper receptacles. Tailgating spaces not completely cleaned prior to kick-off could result in the group's loss of future tailgating privileges.

Travel Lanes/Sidewalks

All sidewalks, drive lanes, and fire lanes must be kept clear of all tables, chairs, grills, other equipment and vehicles.

Visiting Teams

Samford University welcomes the visiting team and fans to tailgate prior to each game. While the Quad is reserved for Samford tailgaters, there is a designated tailgating spot for our visiting teams at the Samford Track and Soccer complex parking lot. Please refer to the Campus Map for directions. All guidelines still apply and visiting teams are encouraged to register to guarantee space for tailgating.