Block Party


Saturday, February 13, 2016
1PM – 3:30PM
Parking Lot K
Cost: $15 per spot – Refundable deposit.

It’s the 18th annual Homecoming Pregame Block Party. Wander through heated tents and hang out with friends, and meet alumni.  You just never know who you’ll find. A great event for any Patriot fan, the gathering will include Mason’s family-friendly area, complete with interactive games, crafts, and face painting for our younger Patriots 13 and under.

Tailgating during the Homecoming Block Party is a tradition at Mason and one we would like to continue in the future.

Mason encourages its fans to come to campus early and enjoy the Block Party. Mason also encourages its fans to tailgate in a responsible manner, respectful of the campus and respectful of other Patriot fans and attendees at the Block Party.

Please help us keep your campus clean by bagging your trash and using recycling containers.

For the safety and enjoyment of all fans, please keep the guidelines below in mind when tailgating and attending the Block Party.

Tailgating Checklist Download a copy here!

Registration opens December 14, 2015.

Eventbrite - Homecoming Block Party: Tailgating Space Reservation Form 2015

Tailgating Area    

Lot K is our location for the annual homecoming celebration.  Once you arrive to the area by vehicle, you will be directed to an area to park.  Participants who choose to bring their vehicle into the lot must pre-register for a free tailgating space.

Once in the lot, participants are able to explore all areas of the lot.  Three large, heated tents will be on site; Spirit Zone, Mason Family Zone, and the Mason Alumni Hospitality Tent. All participants in Mason’s Homecoming may enter the Spirit and Mason Family Zones.  Alumni and their guests who have purchased tickets for the Alumni Hospitality Tent are the only participants allowed entry to this area.  Alumni Registration is required for this area.  The Mason Family Zone is open to all guests, but alcohol is not permitted within that tented area.

Participants are able to explore the lot and are encouraged to socialize with everyone.

To participate in the annual tailgate during the Block Party, individuals must pre-register for an unassigned spot.  Spots will be issued on a first-come, first-served basis.  More details about tailgating are listed on the registration site.

NOTE: Reservations will be accepted beginning at 8 AM, Saturday, December 13, 2014. Reservations will not be accepted after February 7, 2014 or until all spots have been allocated.

You are responsible for all of your tailgating supplies: chairs, tables, tent, food, beverages, etc. We are simply providing a spot for you in the Block Party area (Lot K). If you are traveling from out of town, you may want to utilize our community partners services for your tailgating needs.

Once registered, a ticket will be included in an email and MUST be presented at check-in before you are permitted into the Block Party area. You will receive the email at least one week prior to the event reminding you of arrival times, set up instructions, etc. Once your reservation is confirmed, you are guaranteed a space.

For more information or for tailgating tips, please click on the links in the left column.  If you have any specific questions, please email

All persons reserving a tailgate space must be the individual who checks-in at the tailgating area.

Planning your tailgate party can be an overwhelming challenge as you make sure that you have the necessities to ensure a successful tailgating party. You’re going to want to make sure you have enough food to feed you and your tailgate neighbors that decide to drop by when they find out you’re headed to the stadium on Game Day. Planning ahead for extra people can indeed be a challenge make sure you have plenty of liquid refreshments on hand to host a few of your fellow tailgaters.

NEW INFORMATION: Charcoal grills are the only form of grilling permitted in the tailgating area. Fans who choose to grill must use charcoal grills.  Hot coals must be dumped into the proper receptacles that will be found throughout the parking lot. All grilling areas must be cleaned up prior to departure.

This information has been provided to us through our Environmental Health and Safety Office and must be adhered to.

This is based on a safety issues with individual users and propane tanks. Propane grills present an enormous fire hazard, as the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is aware of more than 500 fires that result annually from their misuse or malfunction.  Most incidents happen when a grill has been left unattended for a period of time, or shortly after refilling and reattaching the cylinder – creating a greater risk of injury.

When cooking outdoors with charcoal, always take the following precautions:

  • Keep children safely away from the barbecue fire.
  • After applying charcoal lighter fluid to the coals, wait a minute before lighting them, allowing explosive vapors to disperse.
  • NEVER use gasoline as a starter fluid or accelerant for charcoal grills.
  • Never add lighter/starter fluid to hot or even warm coals. An explosion can result.
  • When using charcoal lighter/starter fluid, place the container well away from the grill before attempting to light the coals.
  • Be careful not to spill any fluid on your clothing or in the area surrounding the grill.
  • Wear an insulated fire retardant barbecue mitt when lighting coals.

Tailgating Checklist Download a copy here!

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