UCM Athletics announces tailgating procedures for 2014 football season

Written by Muleskinner Staff

(WARRENSBURG, Mo.) — There will be a few changes to the university’s football tailgating procedures this season due to the construction around Walton Stadium.

All designated tailgate lots will open three hours prior to kickoff and will stay open through the end of halftime, according to a news release. The pregame tailgate tent for Mule Train donors will still open two hours prior to kickoff and will be open to all levels of Mule Train donors. The Mule Train tailgate tent will once again take place in the grass area just to the west of Walton Stadium.
Due to the ongoing construction on the stadium’s north end, the south half of lot FS 13 will be closed. This lot has served as parking for Mule Train donors at the “Swing Team” level and above. Those Mule Train members at the Swing Team level and above will be issued a white parking pass, allowing them to park in Mule Train lot S41, which is located on the north side of King Street just north of the Multipurpose Building, or the north half of lot FS13 on the corner of Washington and McGoodwin streets, just west of the construction area. This will allow Mule Train donors the closest available parking to Walton Stadium.
In addition, fans will not be able to gain access to Walton Stadium through the north end of the stadium. Fans who have trouble climbing stairs can enter through the press box entrance on Washington Street to use the elevator. Due to the increased traffic in the Walton Stadium press box, fans should arrive early to ensure they get to their seats in time for kickoff.
Visiting fans will continue to be allowed to park in lots S26 and FS1, which are located at the corner of Holden and South streets near the W.C. Morris Science Building and Ward Edwards Building. Visiting fans will be issued a yellow parking pass on entrance to those lots.
UCM fans who want to park their RVs in a tailgate lot can park those vehicles in lot S67 on the north side of South Street to avoid congestion in the smaller Mule Train lots.
The first home game for the Mules football team is 7 p.m. Thursday as UCM hosts Emporia State.