Cav Nation Game Day Experience Tailgating Policy

We’re excited to welcome you to campus for our Cav Nation Game Day Experience!  Our goal is to ensure that spectators of all ages enjoy a safe and enjoyable time while cheering on our Cavaliers.  We ask that all our spectators (students, alumni, parents, family members and guests) comply with our campus polices so everyone can enjoy our game day festivities. 

Tailgating is defined as parking in a designated location/or area and/or setting up non-permanent facilities (such as tents and tables) to consume food and beverages prior to an officially sanctioned university event to which the public is invited and the event has been pre-approved for tailgating. The designated tailgating areas are reserved for spectators, recognized student organizations and University departments.

In order to ensure a fun and safe game day experience at Walsh University, all spectators are expected to conduct themselves in a manner that is respectful and reflective of the mission of the university. Persons acting in a disruptive, disrespectful, disorderly, or manner inconsistent with the mission will asked to leave the premises and/or be subject to disciplinary and/or criminal action.


  • A Tailgate Permit is required for all spectators (students, alumni, parents, family members and guests).  A limited number of game day spots on the North property will be available on a first come, first serve basis. 
  • The permit includes a reserved tailgate parking space located close to the game day venue (Lots Q/R). 
  • Tailgating cost per game/per parking space (tickets are non-refundable):  
    • Walsh Students                                                                         
      • Free (Game Day Sales only)
    • Walsh Employees, Alumni, Parents, Families and Guests               
      • $5 per car
      • $10 per RV
      • $100 Season Pass (parking and two game tickets)
  • Season permits must be purchased in advanced on the Walsh University Athletics website (linked below) and will not be available for purchase in person on game day.
  • The Permit holder who registers for the reserved tailgate space is responsible for the behavior of their party.


General Policies

  • Tailgating is only permitted in designated areas as approved by Walsh University. 
  • Permits will be required and must be displayed for Walsh University specified “Cav Nation Game Day” events as outlined on the athletics calendar.
  • Tailgating areas will open two-hours prior to game time and close immediately at the start of game time.  Vehicles may remain parked in the tailgating areas, but must be removed immediately following the game.  
  • Tents or canopies must be secured and not obstruct sidewalks, parking lot drive lanes, handicapped spaces or pedestrian walkways.
  • Use of any Walsh University electricity or outlets is strictly prohibited.
  • Only portable radios/stereos will be permitted.  Walsh University reserves the right to regulate any amplified music/noise.  Music with profanity, lewd lyrics, or derogatory language will not be tolerated.
  • Only personal propane or gas grills are permitted for cooking. Wood or charcoal burning girls are prohibited.  
  • Pets are prohibited both inside the designated tailgate area, as well as athletics facilities.  Exceptions will only be made for trained K-9 dogs or service animals assisting disabled guests.
  • Any person damaging University property will be responsible for the cost of repairs. The University is not responsible or liable for accidents, damage, loss or theft of personal property.
  • Those violating any law or applicable university policy are subject to removal from the tailgating area (or campus property), criminal action and/or University disciplinary action.  If you see something dangerous or disruptive, immediately notify a University official or contact Campus Police at (330) 490-7474.


  • Consistent with university policy and other applicable county/state/federal laws, it is prohibited for a person under the age of 21 years to purchase, possess, consume, transport, or store alcoholic beverages. Furthermore, it is prohibited for any person or group to purchase and/or give alcoholic beverages to a person under 21 years of age.
  • Student spectators will be assigned to the student tailgate lot.  Student spectators 21 years of age or older will receive a wristband. They are expected to wear the wrist band during the duration of the tailgate.
  • Alcohol is not permitted in athletic facilities or outside of designated tailgating and Game Day Event areas.
  • Glassware of any kind (cups, bottles, beverage dispensers, etc.) are no permitted in the tailgate area.
  • Drinking games are strictly prohibited. Bulk containers, such as beer kegs and party balls, are prohibited in tailgate areas and throughout Walsh University property.
  • Driving or attempting to drive a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or impaired by alcohol is prohibited by law.


  • Tailgating parking spaces are available on a first come first serve basis. Spectators wishing to park together must enter the lot at the same time.
  • Setting up, marking off, or holding a tailgate space on game day without a tailgate permit is prohibited. On-campus tailgate spaces are reserved for approved tailgate permit holders only.
  • Tailgating set-up may only occupy one parking space.
  • Parking in unauthorized spaces or not in designated spaces is not permitted will result in vehicle being towed at the owner’s expense.
  • Motorhomes and RVs will not be permitted to park in any campus parking lots the night prior to a game.
  • All University parking policies must be followed. Removal of any barricades, barrels or other traffic control devices is strictly prohibited.

Tobacco-Free Campus

To protect and enhance our indoor/outdoor air quality and to contribute to the health and well-being of our entire campus community, Walsh University campus is entirely tobacco-free.  Additionally, the use of all tobacco and smoking products, including chewing tobacco, electronic cigarettes (E-cigarettes), and other vaping devices is strictly prohibited within the facilities or on the property of Walsh University at any time.


Solicitation of any kind is prohibited unless authorized by Walsh University.


All individuals and groups participating in tailgating are responsible for proper disposal of their trash and other debris. Dumpsters and/or trash receptacles will be stationed in the designated tailgating areas.