Welcome to the Benedictine University Tailgating Information page.

Tailgating, prior to sporting events, has long been a tradition not only with professional sports but also at the collegiate level. The rules below are in place to make tailgating festivities safe for you and your fellow classmates, alumni, friends and family.

Visit the Alumni and Friends page for Homecoming specific information related to tailgating start and end times.

General Rules for Tailgating

Tailgating is defined as the participation in a social gathering before an event in areas designated by Benedictine University (the "University"). The designated tailgating areas are reserved for fans, recognized student organizations and university departments. This policy refers specifically to tailgating events. Help us keep this a fun, safe and secure experience. If you see something dangerous or disruptive, say something to a university official. In case of an emergency, call 630-829-6666, University Police. For non-emergencies call 630-829-6122.

  • The University's designated tailgating area is the Neuzil/Rice Parking (Lot J) with the Krasa Center (Lot A) as an alternative location. Click on the map below showing the designated tailgating areas. The use of alcoholic beverages is prohibited outside the designated tailgating areas.
  • The designated tailgating areas will open and close pursuant to the time stated on the University's website.
  • Consumption of alcoholic beverages in the designated tailgating areas must cease at the end of the times stated per the linked events above.
  • Individuals are responsible for compliance with all local and state laws governing alcohol consumption. Under no circumstances shall persons under 21 years of age be served,sold or have possession of alcoholic beverages in the designated tailgating areas.All persons consuming alcohol in the designated tailgating areas shall carry a government issued picture ID that also shows the persons birth date.
  • All Benedictine University students are subject to conduct policy as outlined in the Student Handbook. Failure to comply with this conduct policy, or University officials, may result in eviction, prosecution, and/or disciplinary action. 
  • Glass bottles and kegs are prohibited. Party balls, bongs, funnels or any device used to increase consumption of alcoholic beverages are prohibited in the designated tailgating areas.
  • All tailgaters and spectators in the designated tailgating areas must conduct themselves in ways to ensure the safety and enjoyment of others. Abusive and disruptive behavior will not be tolerated. Individuals who interfere with the rights of other people by the use of loud, abusive language, behavior and music that prevent others from enjoying tailgating will be asked to cease the behavior or leave.
  • No overnight occupancy is allowed in the designated tailgating areas.
  • Do not remove or move any barricades, barrels or other traffic control devices. All signs and instruction for parking lots must be obeyed.
  • Participants in tailgating activities are expected to clean up their trash. Dumpsters and/or trash receptacles are provided throughout the designated tailgating areas.
  • Hot coals must be properly disposed of in specially designated Coal Dumpsters provided throughout the designated tailgating areas to prevent fires.
  • Tents or canopies must be secured and may not obstruct sidewalks, drive lanes, handicapped spaces or pedestrian walkways. Tailgating amenities including furniture, grills, or generators may not obstruct sidewalks, drive lanes, handicapped spaces or pedestrian walkways.
  • Grills, propane or otherwise, should be attended to at all times. Fires built on the ground and open fire pit devices are prohibited.
  • 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 materials/items/personal property left unattended.

Thank you and enjoy your day at Benedictine University.