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Pre-Game Timeline for Football

  • Parking Lots Open - 4 hours prior
  • Tailgate Owley Opens - 3 hours prior to kickoff
  • Rice Team Entrance to Stadium (Gate 4) - Approximately 2 hours prior to kickoff

Tailgate Owley

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) 348-3094 or email vcm5@rice.edu.

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: 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) 348-3094

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: 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.

Preferred Food Vendors

Contact the following vendors to assist you with your Rice Owls Tailgate.  Please note that all food deliveries need to be made before Tailgate Owley opens 3 hours prior to kickoff.

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.

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