Tailgating is one of many special traditions at Randolph-Macon College. In the tailgate zone, you can find alumni, students, family, and friends of the college socializing, mingling, and supporting our student-athletes. We encourage everyone to enjoy the RMC Tailgate zone in a safe and responsible manner by following the rules and regulations as posted.

Homecoming football and tailgate. During this time, the best tailgate decorations were recognized with a mum.

& RegS
The Do’s and
Do Not’s of
RMC Tailgating

Failure to comply with these guidelines may result in a suspension of tailgating privileges


The College strongly encourages individuals who are not fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to wear a mask on RMC’s campus, including in the tailgate area.

NOTE: The rules relating to masking or other COVID-19 precations are subject to change as the College monitors and responds to public health guidance.


The College sanctioned designated tailgate space is the North Brock parking lot.

Tailgate set-ups must refrain from sprawling to the point of blocking the ability of vehicles to traverse safely.

Parking is prohibited in grassy areas, on islands, medians, shoulders of streets, and in handicap-accessible spaces unless approved by Randolph-Macon College.

Tailgating passes

One parking pass will be issued per parking space per season. The parking pass must hang from the rear-view mirror at all times during the game. RMC does enforce towing.

Cars entering the tailgating area must have a tailgate pass for admittance.

Due to space restrictions, RV’s and other similar large vehicles are not allowed. If you have a large truck, please let us know so we can attempt to accommodate space accordingly.

Once the lot is deemed at capacity due to high volume pedestrian traffic, a parking pass will not be valid or honored; this is determined by campus safety and/or Ashland Police Department.

Food on a table

Respectful and safe environment

Identification will be requested to comply with Virginia ABC laws.

Persons acting in a disruptive, disrespectful, or disorderly manner will be asked to leave the premises and be subject to citation.

All music and audio must be kept at a level that is respectful. No DJs or bands are permitted.

For the safety of all concerned, the use of recreational items such as bicycles, skateboards, in-line skates and motorized vehicles such as recreational scooters, ATV’s, and go-carts are prohibited within the designated tailgate area.

Pets are allowed in the tailgate area, but must be attended and always leashed. Clean-up is the sole responsibility of the pet’s owner. Only service animals are allowed in the stadium.

The safety and security of personal property is the sole responsibility of the owner, do not leave personal property unattended.

Educate all group members and guests about RMC policies, as each host is responsible for their guests.

No items for sale is permitted within the tailgate lot without a proper College permit.


Fires are only allowed in above-ground, enclosed containers. Open flame fires, including fire pits, are prohibited.

Extinguish all flames and coals prior to leaving your area to attend the game.

fans at football game in stands

Do not throw coals or ashes in dumpsters or garbage cans; you must take coals and ashes with you when leaving.

No food/beverage may be sold without a proper College permit.

Alcohol consumption

Consumption of alcoholic beverages by persons under the age of 21 is strictly prohibited.

Individuals consuming alcohol will be asked to provide legal identification and proof of age to law enforcement/campus security. Individuals without proper identification or who are underage are in violation of federal, state, and local laws and are subject to penalty. Underage Randolph-Macon students will also be subject to judicial sanctions as stated in the student conduct handbook.

Consumption of alcoholic beverages on any other art of the campus or on public streets that run through or are adjacent to campus is prohibited. Alcoholic beverages or any open container are not allowed to leave the fenced-in area.

Drinking games and the use of devices intended to accelerate the consumption of alcohol are prohibited.

Kegs are prohibited.

Driving under the influence is illegal. The Commonwealth of Virginia drinking and driving laws will be enforced in and around campus.

Virginia law requires a license before a person can sell, trade, or give away alcoholic beverages, and violation of this law is a felony. A social host does not need a license to serve his/her invited guests who fall within the usual understanding of friends and personal visitors. A social host, however, may be liable to the guests and others for injuries resulting from serving alcohol, especially to a minor.

Clean up

Garbage cans will be limited; you must bring your own garbage cans to contain garbage in your individual area.

Properly dispose of garbage in area bins or, if possible, take it with you.

Tailgating spaces that are not cleaned by the conclusion of the posted tailgating hours could result in the loss of future tailgating privileges.

Items left on site will be donated or thrown away.