COLLEGE STATION, Tex. (KBTX) - Beginning with Thursday’s home game, two “Tailgate Towers” will offer Texas A&M football ticketholders the chance to eat, drink and play games at the top of Kyle Field.
The premium section, which will cost $5 per person for ticketholders to enter, will offer beer and wine sales, exclusive food choices and tailgate games like cornhole.
The areas will be located in the northwest and northeast towers of the stadium on level 7, with access to the third deck. The towers will open 90 minutes before kickoff and remain until 30 minutes after the game, or midnight, whichever comes first. Alcohol sales will end at the beginning of the fourth quarter.
Each area is ticketed and only open to a limited number of entrants. Tickets are required to make the area a “premium” venue in the stadium, which the SEC requires to serve alcohol.
The addition of the premium areas comes at the suggestion of Texas A&M’s Game Day Experience Task Force, which run by the 12th Man Foundation and Athletics Department.
Texas A&M Athletics Press Release and FAQ
TAILGATE TOWERS AT A GLANCE
Northwest and northeast corners of the stadium on Level 7. (3rd Deck)
Hours of Operation:
Tailgate Towers will open when the Kyle Field gates open 90 minutes prior to kickoff and remain open until 30 minutes post event, or midnight, whichever comes first. Alcohol service ends at the beginning of the fourth quarter.
Tailgate Towers offer shade from the elements, tailgate games such as cornhole and exclusive food and beverage offerings, including beer and wine.
Anyone can enter and the fee is $5.00 per person, per game, regardless of age. There are limited spots available and entry is on a first come, first served basis. No food or beverage is included in the price of entry.
Upon purchase of entry you will be issued a wristband. Wristbands allow entry and exit to that tower for the duration of that game’s operating hours. You must be able to show a valid ID to obtain an “Over 21” wristband. Anyone under the age of 21 years of age, or anyone without a valid ID will be issued an “Under 21” wristband that will not allow you to purchase alcohol. Wristbands must be affixed before entering the Tailgate Towers and must be kept on at all times. Note* Wristband does not guarantee ability to purchase alcohol. Valid ID must also be shown at the time of alcohol purchase.
Alcohol is available for purchase in the Tailgate Towers from opening gates until the start of the fourth quarter of the game. You must be able to present a valid ID at the time of purchase. There is a limit of two drinks, per person, per transaction. Alcohol must be kept in the designated area at all times and may not be taken back to your seat. “Over 21” wristband does not guarantee sale of alcohol and it is illegal to purchase or provide alcohol to minors and illegal for a minor to be in possession of alcohol. You may be refused service at any time. Violation of any of these rules may result in ejection from the premises and you may also be subject to legal penalties.
Can I see the Field from the Tailgate Tower?
No, the field is not visible from this area but we have televisions that show the live game day feed so that you will not miss a moment of the action.
It doesn’t look full, why can’t I purchase entry?
Because we allow all wristband purchasers to come and go at their leisure, we must ensure that we are able to accommodate them at peak times and still maintain a safe atmosphere.
Why can’t I purchase on a season ticket basis?
For the 2018 season we have determined that this space will not be available for purchase on a season long basis.
Why do I have to pay $5.00?
SEC rules state that alcohol may only be purchased in premium areas, therefore we must charge for guests to be able to enter the space.
Why do I have to pay for my child to enter?
Kyle Field policy is that everyone, regardless of age, must have a ticket to enter the stadium. We have extended this rule to the Tailgate Towers and have provided amenities for all ages.
I purchased entry to the NE Tailgate Tower, why can I not go into the NW Tailgate Tower?
For the safety of our fans we limit the number of people that can access each tower. For your safety and to ensure that you have access throughout the game, you must purchase each entrance to each tower individually.
About the Game Day Experience Task Force
The 12th Man Foundation, in coordination with the Athletics Department, created the Game Day Experience Task Force (GDETF) in 2017 as a multi-year initiative to evaluate every aspect of football game day and come up with recommendations for the Athletics Department. It’s a huge undertaking, involving a lot of people, including many from our extended Aggie family – donors, fans, former students, University and Athletics Department staff, etc.
TASK FORCE GOALS
• To create the best Football Game Day Experience in college football.
• To create the most intimidating environment of any stadium in college football.
• To maintain and amplify Texas A&M’s existing game day traditions.
• To enhance the game day experience by incorporating new initiatives to maintain a high-energy atmosphere in Kyle Field from the moments leading up to kickoff through to the game’s conclusion.
• We want to not only find what is working well, but what areas could use improvement and what that improvement might be.