2014 Rice Football Fan Guide

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    Pre-Game Timeline for Football

    • Parking Lots Open - 4 hours prior
    • Tailgate Owley Opens - 3 hours prior to kickoff
    • Player Entrance to Stadium (Gate 4) - Approximately 2 hours prior to kickoff
    • MOB in Tailgate Owley - 1 hour prior to kickoff
    • MOB Pregame Performance - 20 minutes prior to kickoff

    Tailgate Owley

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    Tailgate Owley, the official Rice Athletics tailgate area, is located directly east of Rice Stadium between West Lot 2/3 and the stadium. In Tailgate Owley, Rice fans of all ages can enjoy a great pre-game experience. The area is full of music, inflatable games, pre-game performances and face painting. Additionally, fans can gear up for the game as they shop in the Rice Bookstore tent. Rice sponsors will also be on hand with a variety of activities and special offerings. Fans can come hungry to Tailgate Owley as well with Houston area food trucks supplying tasty treats on select game days.

    Want to be right in the middle of all the action? Tailgate spaces are available in Tailgate Owley based on the size of your group. For more information and to book your premium tailgate space, please call the Marketing Department at (713) 348-6923.

    Tailgate Owley opens 3 hours prior to game time and begins to shut down 15 minutes prior to kickoff so all fans can be in the stadium at game time to cheer on the Owls. Bring your friends, co-workers, and guests for a great college football game-day experience!

    Tailgate FAQ's

    Q: When does Tailgate Owley open and close?

    A: Tailgate Owley opens 3 hours prior to game time. The area begins to shut down 15 minutes prior to kickoff and closes at game time.

    Q: Can I rent a private area in Tailgate Owley?

    A: You can rent your own private area for a private tailgate! Bring your friends, co-workers, and guests for a great college football experience. For more information, contact Rice Athletics Marketing at (713) 348-6923.

    Q: How do I learn more about tent rental options for my tailgate space?

    A: Once you have secured your space through the Athletics Marketing Department, you may contact Aztec Events & Tents (713) 699-0088 (ext 150) to receive all information regarding Rice Tailgate rentals.

    Q: Is tailgating in Rice Stadium parking lot free?

    A: Tailgating in parking lots at your vehicle is free. Premium tailgating space in Tailgate Owley does have a fee, so please contact the Marketing Office at (713) 348-6923 for details. Please keep in mind that when tailgating at your vehicle, set-up in adjoining parking spaces or in fire lanes are not allowed.

    Q: Who do I contact if I have questions or concerns about tailgating?

    A: Contact Rice Athletics Marketing at (713) 348-6923

    Q: May I use a generator?

    A: Generators are not allowed in Rice Stadium parking lots. We strongly suggest marine batteries and inverters.

    Q: How should I dispose of hot coals?

    A: Hot coals must be doused with water and properly disposed of in specially designated coal dumpsters to prevent fires. Fires built on the ground and open fire pit devices are prohibited.

    Q: Where are restrooms located?

    A: Campus buildings are not open for public restroom use. Portable toilets are located throughout the tailgate area.

    Q: Will I be able to consume alcohol throughout the tailgate area?

    A: Alcohol consumption is permitted in the parking lot and official tailgate areas for fans 21 and over (no glass bottles).

    Q: Can I promote an off-campus event from a tailgating site?

    A: No banners promoting a product or a corporation may be hung without the consent of the Athletics Marketing Office & IMG Sports Marketing (corporate tailgates may identify the company on their site). For more information, please call (713) 348-2328.

    Rice Stadium Parking Lots-Football
    Parking at Rice Stadium is free in most surrounding lots, with the exception of a few specific lots reserved for donors. Entry to lots is available four hours prior to kickoff. Please keep in mind that when tailgating at your vehicle, you may not set-up in adjoining parking spaces or in fire lanes..

    Parking for Men's Basketball

    Owl Club Parking
    As many of you know, we recently completed construction of the George R. Brown Tennis Center and our tennis teams have fully transitioned to this state of the art facility. As such, we will soon begin planned demolition of the Jake Hess Tennis stadium to make way for construction of the new Moody Center for the Arts. During this process, we will be losing parking spaces in the Hess Lot, which has traditionally housed parking for men's basketball games for season ticket holders with gifts to the Owl Club of $1,000 and above. While we anticipate there will still be sufficient spots for all donors at this level, in the case the lot fills up we will use West Lot 1 (in front of the Shepherd School of Music) for overflow. Please look for your "Owl Club Lot" parking pass in your season ticket package. This parking pass will provide access to the lot referenced on the enclosed map. As the Moody Center for the Arts project progresses, we will provide ample parking updates to donors throughout the season. Please contact Lizzie Yoshida (ey6@rice.edu) with any questions.

    General Parking
    Beginning this year, as part of our stated goal to generate the additional resources necessary to effectively support the continued success of our student-athletes, we will charge for parking in the West Lots for men's basketball games. Fans will have multiple options to pay for parking. Season parking passes (for 14 games) will be available for purchase for $50. Individual game parking passes can be purchased in advance for $4 or on game day at the parking lot for $5 (cash only). Fans can pre-purchase season or individual game parking passes by calling the ticket office at 713-522-OWLS or when purchasing single game tickets on Ticketmaster. Please note that fans will still have the ability to park for free on the Rice campus in the Greenbriar lot.

    Rice Stadium RV Parking
    RV Parking is located southeast of Rice Stadium in West Lot 5. Parking for large RV vehicles is $50 per vehicle per game, and space is limited. This lot opens six hours prior to kickoff. Please call the parking office at (713) 348-2020 to reserve your RV spot.

    General Rules

    • Concessions can be found in various locations around the stadium
    • Restrooms are located along the lower East and West concourses
    • Every person entering the stadium must have a ticket unless 2 years and under
    • Re-entry is allowed. Please see a gate attendant upon exit to get stamped
    • There will be no alcoholic beverages for sale at the concession stands
    • There will be beer served in The Roost, located on the upper East concourse
    • An ATM machine is located behind section 105

    Gate Information

    • Gate 1 - Ticket Sales (Cash/Credit Card), Will Call, and Rice Player Pass
    • Gate 2 - Gate Entry
    • Gate 3 - Visiting Team Player Pass (Tickets ordered through Visiting Team), Ticket Sales (Cash Only)
    • Gate 4 - Ticket Sales (Cash/Credit Card), Media Will Call, Student Entrance


    Current students of Rice University with valid Rice IDs are permitted free entry to all games by having their ID swiped. Students must sit in Sections 115-116, and these seats are available on a first come first serve basis. A student of Rice University can buy a guest ticket for the student section at a reduced price only in advance of an upcoming home football game.

    Prohibited Items

    • No weapons of any kind
    • No pets (Exception: service animals)
    • Tobacco Products
    • Food and Beverages (Exception: 1 liter unopened bottle of water)
    • Unauthorized banners, signs or flags
    • Artificial noisemakers
    • Oversized bags, briefcases, coolers, etc.
    • Recording Devices (professional cameras, tripods, etc.)
    • Laser Pointers
    • Umbrellas

    Thank you for your continued cooperation and please be assured that your comfort and safety are our primary goals.

    Seating Polices

    • Proper behavior is expected from all of our guests
    • Foul/abusive language and/or rowdy behavior will not be tolerated and will be cause for ejection and/or arrest. Notify the nearest usher immediately if actions of this type occur near you.
    • Retain ticket stubs for ushers to verify proper seat location. Adults should ensure that children are in possession of their own ticket. This will facilitate reuniting the child with parents should they become separated.
    • Sit only in your assigned seat to avoid inconveniencing other guests.
    • Keep aisles clear at all times; emergency situations require that stairways be kept clear. Guests sitting or standing in the Stadium aisles jeopardize the safety of others.
    • Be prepared to show your ticket stub each time you enter your assigned seating section.
    • Entering the playing field without authorization or throwing objects is a violation of stadium rules and may prove hazardous. Offenders will be ejected and subject to arrest and prosecution.
    • Disabled seating is reserved for disabled guests and their companions only with valid accessible tickets.

    Preferred Food Vendors

    Contact the following vendors to assist you with your Rice Owls Tailgate:

    Aztec Events & Tents Ray Rios | (713) 699-0088 ext 119

    Lemond Catering & Special Events Merinda Watkins | (713) 790-0441

    Papa Johns Andrew Paschal | (713) 661-0845

    Prince's Hamburgers John Broussard | (713) 713-0101

    Kona Ice Patrick Sinclair | (713) 864-4747

    Genghis Grill Clint Nelson | (281) 814-9799

    Buffalo Wild Wings Rice Village | (713) 521-1100

    Fuddruckers Tiffanie Gupton | (713) 329-6895

    Mandola's Catering Frankie Mandola | (713) 501-5321

    Luby's Catering Tiffanie Gupton | (713) 329-6895

    Chick-Fil-A Amanda Hodgson | (713) 523-2442

    Raising Canes

    Baker Street Grill Rice Village | (713) 942-9900

    Firehouse Subs

    Jason's Deli Rice Village | (713) 522-2660

    Wing Stop 1 (888) 75-WINGS

    Bud Light/Silver Eagle Distributors is The Official Beer of Rice Athletics.