What and when is the Homecoming Tailgate?
The tailgate at Lynchburg is on Saturday, October 19, 12 noon to 6 p.m. during Homecoming. It’s a time of celebrating classes in reunion, connecting with fellow Hornets, and coming together on campus. The tailgate takes place in the Hopwood Hall parking lot. For $75, you can buy a spot for the day – bring in your vehicle, food, beverages of choice, tent, coolers, etc. You may use the 8.5 x 15 tailgate spot with or without a car. A 10 x 10 tent does not fit in one parking spot.
All alumni, students, parents, faculty, staff, and friends of Lynchburg are invited.
Are children welcome?
Children are welcome at the tailgate. The Kid’s Zone is available from 12 noon to 4 p.m. Parents must accompany their children in the Kid’s Zone.
Do I need to register?
Yes, please be sure to register for the tailgate through our online form.
Can I attend if I don’t register?
You can attend the tailgate without having a spot of your own – you must still check in to enter the tailgate. Parking spots are sold and assigned in advance. It is highly recommended that you register to attend this event. You must have your government issued photo ID with birthdate to enter.
Do I need to check in at the tailgate?
Yes, to enter the tailgate area, you must check in. If you bought a spot, you must enter through the Carnegie entrance only from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. This entrance closes to vehicle traffic at 11:30 a.m. and reopens at 6 p.m. to leave the parking lot. At 12 noon, the Carnegie entrance opens to foot traffic only. There are two other entrances into the tailgate for foot traffic – by Psychology and the Dell – opening at 12 noon.
At check-in, you will be asked to show proof of age. Please bring your government issued photo ID with you to be scanned at check-in.
What can I bring?
Food, beverages of choice, tent, coolers (no kegs or open source containers), grills, pop-up chairs, etc. and your government issued photo ID.
Where can I park on campus? Is there a shuttle?
If you bought a tailgating spot, you must park in your assigned spot. For all other vehicles, there will be parking lots open on campus. If you have purchased a tailgate spot, enter campus from Lakeside Drive and follow directional signs to the Carnegie entrance to check-in. If you did not purchase a tailgate spot, please plan to park on the back side of campus in parking lots off College Street, the Gravel/commuter lot behind Hobbs-Sigler Hall, Hobbs-Sigler parking lot, and the Thompson Polloway parking lot.
RVs, trailers, and other similar large vehicles are not allowed in the tailgating area.
Shuttles will be available to and from the reserved hotels to campus at designated times.
If we haven’t answered your question, please email us at or call 434.544.8293.