Tailgating is a big part of attending football games at James Madison, and it shows. The reserved parking lots open at 8 am so no matter how early the game starts you’ll have plenty of time to tailgate before the game. Tailgate lovers with reserved parking passes will especially be in luck if they’re attending a night game as they’ll have all day to tailgate before the game. The one downside to tailgating at a Dukes game is that the general parking lots don’t allow as much tailgating since tailgating is only permitted in general lots starting four hours before the game.
Everywhere you look on game days you’ll see Dukes fans decked out in purple and gold grilling and throwing back drinks. Whether it’s the alumni or students, Dukes fans go all out on game days making a James Madison gameday an unforgettable experience.
Finally, make sure to attend the Dog Walk as it’s an excellent way to get into the game day spirit when attending a Dukes game. The Dog Walk takes place 2 hours and 45 minutes before kickoff and allows you to greet the Dukes as they make their way to the field.
Tailgating at James Madison is a fantastic time for any college football fan or just anyone who loves tailgating, so arrive early to get the most out of your trip to James Madison.
Before the game, make sure to greet the team as they make their way into the Athletic Performance Center. The Dog Walk takes place 2 hours and 45 minutes before kickoff and is an excellent way for you to get into the JMU spirit before kickoff.Watch video
The Fan Zone is located on Godwin Field and is a great place to hangout before the game starts. Here you’ll find all kinds of activities including inflatables, football toss, face painting and much more.
Where to tailgate
Reserved ParkingThose of you who want to experience as much tailgating as possible at a Dukes game will want to secure a reserved parking spot. Reserved parking opens a 8 am on game days and is where you’ll find all the season tickets and diehard tailgaters at Dukes games.
General ParkingIf you can’t get a Reserved Parking spot, don’t worry as the general parking lots still provide plenty of tailgating fun. You can tailgate in the General parking lots up to four hours before the game giving you plenty of time to drink and eat with friends and family.
RV and Bus ParkingOversized vehicles can park in the RV and bus parking lot starting at 5 pm on Fridays before the game. If you’re bringing a tricked out tailgate rig, you’ll find yourself right at home when attending a James Madison football game.
Football HospitalityThe Hospitality area opens two hours before kickoff and is the perfect tailgating spot if you’re hosting a large group or don’t want to go through the hassle of setting up a tailgate. The package provides you with everything you need for a great pregame party including a tent, table, chairs, and a catered meal.