Tailgate Information

Tailgate Information

This year a number of changes are being implemented for the Saturday, Nov. 16, events at the Coliseum area. These changes will lead to a safer and more enjoyable experience for all in attendance. See below for information on event timing, parking, location and other aspects of tailgating. You can also find additional information on our frequently asked questions page. 



Winthrop’s senior leadership has determined that Homecoming tailgating will be available from 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 16. The men’s basketball game will begin at 4 p.m. The tailgating end time of 3:30 p.m. will allow sufficient time for staff to address any clean up needed in the parking lots and tailgating area before dark. Clearing attendees from the parking lots and tailgating area will begin promptly, and law enforcement will be available to assist event staff in moving attendees into the game or out of the Coliseum area.



For the Homecoming game and tailgating, there will be paid parking, $5 per car, cash only. This is similar to how the City of Rock Hill manages parking at the Come-See-Me Festival tailgating/fireworks, and it will help ensure that Winthrop students, alumni and fans will be provided safe, accessible parking near the events.  This approach also will mean more parking attendants than in the past. They will collect the parking fee and direct visitors to parking lots and/or the tailgate area.



homecoming map
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Tailgating will be spread out across more of the area surrounding the Coliseum. The Alumni Association tent will be available as in past years, as well as designated paid tailgating spots for larger student and alumni groups (see options for paid spaces below). While tailgating from vehicles will be allowed in the North and South parking lots (see map), absolutely no tents may be set up in these spaces or in any of the grass lots.

For groups or families wanting to use tents or who may have more elaborate tailgate set ups, there will be a total of 64 designated spots for $20 (for groups up to 20 people) and $40 for even larger groups.  The $40 spaces have the potential for allowing for more people and are located in areas where spillover can be accommodated while not encroaching on space reserved by others. This approach will help ensure less crowded conditions and the ability of emergency vehicles to reach all areas where students, alumni and community members will be gathered.

tailgate area map
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Note the map to see where the larger paid tailgating spaces will be located. Additional spaces were added that are not pictured on the map. All of the tailgating spaces have been purchased, and the planning committee expects the lot to be full on Saturday. Tailgaters will be allowed to unload their belongings upon arrival, and then they must move their vehicles to Parking Lot G for the duration of tailgating. 



There also will be more port-a-johns and trash receptacles strategically placed throughout the tailgating area for a more enjoyable experience. They also are indicated on the map. See the tailgating policy for additional information about conduct, prohibited activities and approved amenities.

Per the tailgating policy, attendees are asked to remove their own trash from tailgating—whether in the parking lots or in the designated tailgating area. If excess trash and/or other items are left in reserved spaces, the individual reserving the space may be fined. After clean up and before leaving the area, time stamp a photo of your reserved spot for your records in case you are charged a fine.

Please note that the road to the lake area will be blocked, and there will be no entrance or exit at the Sumter Avenue entrance.

Be sure to come by the Alumni Association tent for your free Homecoming T-shirt designed by Brandon McGinnis ’12 between 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. There also will be an information tent near the Alumni Association tent where attendees can request assistance relating to parking, tailgating, group or individual behavior, etc.

Emergency medical personnel will be on site for the duration of the game and tailgating.

Please see the tailgating policy in regard to alcohol consumption and prohibited items/activities.

Last Updated: 11/13/19