Pre-Game Timeline For Football

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

Tailgate Owely - Opens 3 Hours Prior to Kickoff

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 Campus Store Trailer. 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 with single game and full season options. You can enjoy tailgating with your fellow Owls fans in this premium area located right by Rice Stadium. As part of your premium reservation, you will have access to a Rice Athletics customer service representative who will assist you with all of your tailgating needs, including food and beverage catering options as well as rentals of tents, tables or chairs if needed.

Spaces are limited so make your reservation today! For more information, please call Ashley Landers with Rice Athletics Marketing at 713-348-2328.

Tailgate FAQs

Q: When does Tailgate Owley open and close? A: Tailgate Owley opens THREE 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 Ashley Landers with Rice Athletics Marketing at 713-348-2328.

Q: Is tailgating in Rice Stadium parking lot free? A: Areas outside of Tailgate Owley are available for tailgating at no expense on a first come, first served basis, unless marked otherwise. Tailgating in parking lots at your vehicle is free. Please keep in mind that when tailgating at your vehicle, set-up in adjoining parking spaces or in fire lanes are not allowed.

Q: Are there premium tailgating spaces in Tailgate Owley? A: Premium tailgating options are also available for select games. The first option features a rooftop deck, TVs, multiple electrical outlets and more, making it perfect for entertaining groups of 20+ people. The second option has multiple size options featuring TVs, multiple electrical outlets and several other exciting features.

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 nor a corporation may be hung without the consent of Rice Athletics Marketing & IMG Sports Marketing (corporate tailgates may identify the company on its site).

Q: Who do I contact if I have questions or concerns about tailgating? A: Contact Ashley Landers with Rice Athletics Marketing at 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.

Chick-Fil-A Amanda Hodgson | 713-523-2442
Demeris Bar-B-Q 713-529-7326
Fajita Pete's 713-723-8100
Fuddruckers Tiffanie Gupton | 713-329-6895
Genghis Grill Clint Nelson | 281-814-9799
Kona Ice Patrick Sinclair | 713-864-4747
Luby's Catering Tiffanie Gupton | 713-329-6895
Mandola's Catering 713-961-3381
Melange Events Blake McMullin | 713-614-9210
Papa Johns Andrew Paschal | 713-661-0845
Raising Canes
Which Wich 713-654-9424



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