Game Day Tailgates

Below are some important elements to know about tailgating before you pack up the car for Game Day! When planning your trip to campus whether you will enjoy a tour of campus, listening to the band play or catching an academic event, even possibly grabbing a steak sandwich from the Knights of Columbus, other Notre Dame fans enjoy a different tradition on Game Day – TAILGATING!

All campus lots open at 7 a.m. for all home game weekends. 

Please note tailgating is NOT allowed after kickoff in any of the campus lots.

Please note alcohol and tailgating are NOT permitted on the central part of campus. 

Parking Regulations

  • Overnight parking is prohibited.
  • All vehicles must vacate the parking lots three hours after the game's conclusion.
  • Any vehicles remaining will be towed in ALL Game Day parking lots.
  • Tailgating policies are in effect for all lots and available to review when planning your tailgate!

2016 Football Parking Rules and Regulations

  1. Follow the directions of the parking attendants as you arrive. Do not hold spots for late arrivals.
  2. All lots will open at 7 a.m., for all home games including night games
  3. **New in 2016** - In 2016 Stadium and Joyce lots will begin to be parked in a safer and more efficient manner. From 7 a.m. until 9 a.m., vehicles will be allowed to park in spots of their choosing within their assigned lot. Starting at 9 a.m., vehicles will begin to be parked in “zipper filled” manner. This means that vehicles will be park in the order in which they arrive. Parking attendants will direct you into the next available stall. Vehicles will not be allowed to deviate from the parking attendant’s direction.
  4. Various law enforcement personnel will be on duty in the parking lots before, during and after the game. In the event of an emergency dial 911 from any campus, public or mobile phone.
  5. Use one space per car including tailgating. Please maintain the aisles for emergency vehicle traffic. 
  6. Vehicle size may be no larger than 6.5 feet wide and 20 feet long.  Box trucks, motorcycles, vehicles with trailers or tow-ins, and non-registered golf carts or pedal cabs are not permitted on University property.
  7. Tailgate parties are not permitted during the game.
  8. Kegs are not permitted on campus, in the parking lots or adjacent areas.
  9. Abuse of the rights of others will not be tolerated in the parking lots or on any University grounds.
  10. Large parties are not permitted on campus, including parking lots.
  11. Charcoal grill or deep fryer use is prohibited on University property. The maximum propane cylinder size is 20 lbs.
  12. All vehicles must exit the parking lots within three hours of the conclusion of the game.
  13. First aid stations are located in the stadium under sections 4, 25 and 128. Enter Gates A or D.
  14. Alcohol is prohibited in Notre Dame Stadium and central campus. Smoking is prohibited in the stadium.
  15. Speakers that can stand alone, are excessively loud, or are connected to an amplifier are prohibited. Live band or DJ’s also are not permitted.
  16. Smoking is prohibited in Notre Dame Stadium. Smoking is also prohibited within 25 feet of any building on campus, including entrances to Notre Dame Stadium.

Where to Go

  • Plan ahead and check out the different parking areas available around campus.
  • Be sure to follow the signage to your destination lot.
  • Parking attendants are plentiful on Game Day and are there to help.
  • If you are traveling with multiple cars, make sure everyone arrives at the same time. Holding spots for others is NOT allowed.
  • For reserved lots, be sure each car has a parking pass, as one pass permits one vehicle, and the pass must be displayed at ALL times. 

What to Wear

  • With many tailgates beginning early in the day and continue until game time, it’s important to dress appropriately for the weather.
  • Game Day in South Bend, guests may experience a variety of climates and are encouraged to bring sunscreen, ponchos, and layers while on campus.
  • Be sure to check Notre Dame Stadium's Bag Policy before coming to campus!
  • Head to any of the Notre Dame Bookstore Operations for all your Irish apparel needs!

Selling of items is NOT permitted in parking lots or on campus.

Prohibited Items

When planning for your tailgate, please note the following are NOT permitted:

  • Amplified Sound – Speakers that stand alone, are excessively loud, or are connected to an amplifier
  • Box trucks, motorcycles, over-sized vans
  • Charcoal grills
  • Deep fryers
  • Drones
  • Kegs
  • Open flames (i.e. fire pits)
  • Propane cylinders larger than 20 lbs
  • Stakes

Safety and security rules will be strictly enforced and violators may be removed for failing to comply.  Future ticket privileges may be revoked.

Permitted Items

When planning for your tailgate, please note the following are permitted:

  • Propane grills are permitted, but gas cylinders must be under 20 lbs.
  • Tents

Campus Sustainability

Sustainability Game Day Information

Want to GREEN your tailgate?

Below are ways to help you have a green tailgate with tips from the Office of Sustainability. If you would like your student group to work handing out bags, please email the office at green@nd.edu.

How does it work?

At each home game, dozens of students circulate through the tailgating lots, distributing blue recycling bags and answering questions about single stream recycling.

For the 2016 season parking lot staff will be handing out both recycling and trash bags to each car upon entering the Joyce and Stadium lots and other tailgating areas to increase participation and assist tailgaters with the upkeep of their areas.

What can I recycle?

Everything, excluding food, liquids, and styrofoam can go into the recycling bag. Minimal food residue is permitted (think ketchup on a plate,) but please no half eaten burgers or wet paper towels!

Where can I get recycling bags?

Extra bags can be found in the blue refurbished newspaper vending boxes that act as recycling bag dispensers at every light pole throughout the Joyce, Legends, and Library parking lots.

What kind of impact does this have?

Since its start in 2008, the Game Day Recycling Program has diverted over 837 tons of materials from the landfill- the equivalent of 21 full semi-trucks. We're on track this year to collect over 100 more tons of recycling. Thank you for your participation in our Green Tailgates!

Have Fun!

At the end of the day, you’re here for one simple reason – to enjoy Game Day! You take care of packing the car, grilling the burgers, and enjoying your time at Notre Dame; while our Guest Service team, parking staff, police officers, and University staff take care of the rest!

In Case of Emergency

If you see something, say something!

  • If something raises your concern, for any reason, please call or text to let us know. Our staff will look into the situation.
  • In the event of an emergency, notify University personnel or uniformed law enforcement officer as soon as possible.
  • While on campus guests and fans are encourage to call (574) 631-5555 for the most efficient response time.
    • Directly connects to Notre Dame Dispatch Center for safety and security, fire, or medical emergencies.
  • Fan Assistance Texting: Text IRISH <space> and the issue to 69050.


Contact the Game Day team at 1-877-ND1-FANS or gameday@nd.edu and we will be happy to assist you with your Game Day preparation.