2012 Yale Football Frequently Asked Questions

Parking & Transportation

Important Links:     * Ticket Information     * Tailgating Rules     * Order Form     * Online Tickets

Q.I’m driving to a game, where do I park?
A. There are several parking options at Yale Football games.  First, take a look at our parking map.  All parking lots around the Yale Bowl open 3 hrs. before kick-off. The street address for the Yale Bowl is 70 Central Ave., New Haven CT 06515.

For a single-game parking pass, fans can park in Lot A, Lot B or Lot D.  Fans enter Lot B and Lot D from Central Avenue, while fans enter Lot A off of Yale Ave.  There is a $5/vehicle charge to park in Lot A or D and a $20/vehicle charge to park in Lot B.  Fans can purchase parking passes in advance or at time-of-entry. Full-season parking passes are also available for purchase in these lots.

Q.I’m driving to a game, where do I find handicap accessible parking?
A. For patrons with handicap permits, we offer two different parking options. Please note: valid Handicap permits must be presented upon entry into any designated handicap parking area.

Option A) Fans can park in our preferred handicap parking located off of Chapel Street, adjacent to the YUAD parking space. There is a $10/vehicle charge to park in this area ($15 for Yale-Princeton game); passes can be purchased in advance or on game-day. If this parking area reaches capacity, fans will be directed to the second option.

Option B) Fans can park in a designated parking area within Lot D, near Johnson Field (refer to parking map). There is a $5/vehicle charge to park in this area. Yale Athletics will provide shuttle service from this parking area to the entrance of the Yale Bowl.

Q.Can I hold a spot for someone who is arriving at a different time?
A. We do not allow fans to “hold” spots for family/friends. One parking pass entitles you to one parking spot. If two or more fans would like to park together, we suggest that you arrive at the same time.

Q.I’m driving an oversize vehicle to the game, where do I park?
A. All oversize vehicles will park in Lot A.  There is a $15/vehicle charge for oversize vehicles. Passes can be purchased on game-day or in advance.

Q.What is an ‘oversize vehicle’?
A.
We consider RV’s, Coach Buses, School Buses, and other similar vehicles to be ‘oversize vehicles’.  We do not consider pick-up trucks or SUV’s to be ‘oversize vehicles’. Box Trucks are not permitted in any parking area.

Q.I’m coming from campus, how do I get to the game?
A. For every home game, we provide free shuttle bus service to/from the Yale Bowl.  Shuttle Buses depart from Payne Whitney Gym to the Yale Bowl and drop-off at Gate B on Yale Avenue.  On the return trip, buses pick-up at Gate B and drop-off at Payne Whitney Gym.  Buses run every 15-20 minutes before, during, and after each game.

Q.How do I park in the closest possible location?
A. The closest parking areas (Lot F, Lot F-Special, Lot H, & YUAD) are only available to members of the Yale Football Association (YFA).  For membership information, visit the YFA website.  You can contact the YFA at support.athletics@yale.edu or 203-432-1434.

Tailgating

Important Links:      * Tailgating Rules     * Ticket Information     * Parking Information     * Online Tickets

Q.Can I tailgate?
A. Absolutely!  We are fortunate to have some fantastic tailgating areas and an incredible tailgating history.  We expect that our fans will act in a responsible manner before, and after Yale football games.

Q.Do you have any rules I have to follow?
A. You can find the 2012 Tailgating Rules here.

Yale Students: Click here for important info about attending Yale Football games

Q.Where can I tailgate?
A. We allow tailgating in all of our game-day parking areas.  Lot D generally serves as the primary option for game-day tailgating. All approved oversize vehicles will tailgate in Lot A.

Tickets

Important Links:      * Ticket Information     * Order Form     * Online Tickets

Q.How do I buy tickets?
A. In advance of a game, fans can buy tickets online, in-person at 20 Tower Parkway, over-the-phone at 203-432-1400, or by using this order form.  The ticket office is open Monday - Friday from 9am - 5pm. 

On game-day, fans can buy tickets at the Reese Stadium Ticket Booth, located close to Gate D (outside Portal 15/16) on the west side of the Bowl.  There are also two satelleite ticket booths on game-days, one at Gate E (outside Portal 18) and one at Gate A (corner of Chapel St. and Yale Ave.).  Ticket booths open 1 ½ hrs. before kick-off at every home game.  On game-days, we accept cash and credit cards.

Q.I have my tickets but where exactly are my seats?
A. The Yale Bowl is a big, big venue but the seating is pretty simple.  You can view a detailed Yale Bowl Seating Chart HERE.  Yale Bowl sections (we refer to them as Portals) run from #1 to #30 in a clockwise direction.  Each Portal contains three Aisles.  Aisle A stretches 23 rows from the field to the Portal entrance.  Aisles B and C run up as many as 37 rows, from the mid-level walkway to the top of the Bowl.

Yale fans typically sit on the west side of the stadium and visiting fans take up residence on the east side.  However, you’ll always catch a bunch of Yale fans on the east side, because that side receives the most sunlight during our games!

You can get an idea of what your view will look like by visiting this page and clicking on the map of the Yale Bowl.

Q.I have General Admission (GA) tickets, where can I sit?
A. Please refer to the Yale Bowl Seating Chart here for General Admission sections.  These sections can change on a game-by-game basis.  GA sections are filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

Q.I lost my ticket, what can I do?
A. If you lost your ticket more than a day before the game, please contact the Yale Athletics Ticket Office at 203-432-1400 or athletic.tickets@yale.edu for assistance.  If you’ve lost your ticket on game-day, please stop by the Reese Stadium ticket booth for assistance.

Q.Does my child need a ticket?
A. Maybe. 

If you are sitting in Reserved seating areas, everyone occupying a seat requires a ticket.  We do offer a youth-discount on reserved seats for all 2012 games.

If you are sitting in the General Admission (GA) seating areas, kids 12 & under don’t need tickets.  Kids 12 & under actually receive FREE admisison into GA areas at all of our home games.

Q.Does a baby/infant need a ticket?
A. Kids 2 and under don’t need game tickets.

Q.Can I turn my tickets in for a refund?
A. After a ticket order is processed, we are unable to issue refunds.  However, we’d love to exchange your tickets for similar tickets to another game this year!

Alumni

Important Links:      * Alumni Information     * Ticket Information     * Order Form     * Online Tickets

Q.I’m coming back for a game, where can I buy tickets?
A. You can order tickets in advance through the Yale Athletics Ticket Office, or on game-day at the Reese Stadium ticket booth.

Yale-Princeton game: please order your tickets directly through the Yale Athletics Ticket Office by phone at 203-432-1400, in-person at 20 Tower Parkway, or by using this order form.  If you want to sit within your class seating block please do not order tickets through our online system – it cannot accommodate special alumni seating requests.

Q.I’d like to attend the Yale at Harvard game, how do I order tickets and where will I sit?
A. For the Yale at Harvard game, graduating classes are seated together.  Please place your order by phone at 203-432-1400, in-person at 20 Tower Parkway, or by using this order form. Graduating classes (graduating before 1960) will be placed in Sections 7-9 ($60 tickets). Graduates from 1960 to 2012 will be placed in Sections 10-11 ($50 tickets).

Yale alumni can place these alumni ‘priority’ orders up to September 30, 2012. After that time, (and as long as there’s still space available) we’ll continue to seat Yale alumni in class seating blocks but we cannot guarantee it.

Q.Is there a limit on the # of tickets I can buy?
A. No, we have lifted the ticket restrictions on alumni orders.

Q.Can I make a request to sit next to a particular friend?
A. Of course, when you order your tickets please make note of any special requests and we’ll do our best to accommodate them to the best of our ability.

Employees

Important Links:     * Athletics Email List     * Yale Employee Ticket Info     * Order Form

Q.I’m a Yale Employee, do I need to buy a ticket? 
A. Yale Employees receive FREE admission into General Admission (GA) seating areas at all 2012 home games.  Make sure you bring your Yale ID along with you to the game, once there you just need to present it at one of our ticket booths for your free game ticket.

Q.Can I give my Yale ID to someone else so that he/she can go to a game?
A. We do not allow any ID’s to be transferred or shared. 

Q.How can I sit in the best seat possible?
A. We hold a great section (Portal 15, Aisle A) at the Yale Bowl for any Yale Employee that wants to sit in the best possible seat.  Tickets in this section must be purchased directly through the Yale Athletics Ticket Office. We offer a discounted Yale Employee Football Package (Premium Reserved ticket, full-season parking pass, voucher for 4 free tickets) that can be purchased with this Order Form.

Q.When is Employee Day?  And what exactly is Employee Day?
A. The 2012 Employee Day is scheduled for the Yale-Penn game on Saturday, October 20th at noon. The Yale Athletics and the Yale Human Resources Departments collaborate on this annual event.  We provide free food and snacks in a big pre-game BBQ right outside the Yale Bowl.  Yale Retirees, and family members of Yale employees are admitted into this game free of charge.

Q.Do I need to buy a parking pass? 
A. Yale Employees will need to pay to park for all home games this year, except on Yale Employee day when parking in Lot D will be free with a Yale ID.

Employees will receive free parking with the purchase of a season ticket.

Students

Important Links:     * Athletics Email List     * Student Ticket Info     * Tailgate Rules  * Tailgate Registration

Q.I’m a current Yale student, do I need to buy a ticket to a home football game?
A. No!  Simply show your Yale ID at any of the Yale Bowl ticket booths for a free student section ticket.

Q.Where do I sit?
A. The Yale Student Section starts at Portal 14.  If needed, we can expand the student section to accommodate everyone.  For bigger games, we typically stretch the student section to include Portals 12, 13, and 14.  Seating in the student section is filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

Q.Can I give my Yale ID to someone else so that he/she can go to a game?
A. We do not allow any ID’s to be transferred or shared. 

Q.A friend is visiting, can he/she come to a game?
A. Yale Students can purchase student section guest tickets at the Yale Athletics Ticket Office (in advance) or at the Reese Stadium ticket booth (on game-day).  Guest tickets are $5 each.

Q.How do I get to a game?
A. For home games, we offer free shuttle bus service to/from the Yale Bowl.  Shuttle Buses depart from Payne Whitney Gym and the corner of York and Chapel Streets to the Yale Bowl and drop-off at the entrance of the Student Tailgate Village on Yale Ave.  On the return trip, buses pick-up at Gate B and drop-off at the corner of Yor and Chapel Streets and Payne Whitney Gym.  Buses run every 15-20 minutes before, during, and after each game.

Q.Can I tailgate?
A. Yale Students are provided with space in the Student Tailgate Village. Residential Colleges and student organizations planning on organizing a tailgate must register with the Athletics Department at least 48 hrs in advance of each game.  Please review the 2012 Tailgate Rules here.  To register your tailgate, PLEASE CLICK HERE. Tailgating spaces are filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

The Student Tailgate Village is open to all Yale Students. All guests, students and alumni entering the student tailgate area will need to present valid identification. Those persons over the age of 21 will receive a wristband, which permits the consumption of alcohol.

Q.My family will be in town for Family Weekend, how do they get tickets to the football game versus Lafayette?
A. The Yale Athletics Department would like to invite all family members out to the Yale Bowl for the Yale-Lafayette football game. We will provide complimentary student section tickets for all immediate family members of current Yale students. Ticket requests must be made in advance of the game through the Athletics Ticket Office at 203-432-1400

Q.How do I buy tickets for the Yale @Harvard game this year?
A. Yale Students should purchase tickets through the Yale Athletics ticket office for the @Harvard football game. One student section ticket ($20) plus one ‘guest’ ticket ($35) can be purchased with a Yale student ID. An on-sale notification will be sent from the Athletics Department.

Appendix A: Parking Map

Lot F Lot H YUAD LotB Lot A Lot D Lot D Lot D Lot A YUAD LotB Lot F Lot H Student Tailgate Village Tickets Fanzone

Appendix B: 2012 Tailgating Rules

We are committed to creating a safe and enjoyable environment for all fans, both in our venues and in the parking lots. You are responsible for your conduct. Yale University permits tailgating on football game days in designated areas, during specified hours, and under the conditions outlined in these Tailgating rules.

Yale Event Staff, Parking Staff, Security Staff and Law Enforcement will enforce all policies. All guests’ belongings including vehicles are subject to search by staff.  Persons visibly under the influence or impaired will not be admitted into the tailgate areas or the Yale Bowl. Yale University reserves the right to alter and interpret regulations described below. Together, let’s continue the great tradition that is Yale Athletics.

Hours of Operation

  • Parking lots open three (3) hours prior to kickoff.
  • Vehicles must depart the lots no later than one (1) hour after the conclusion of the game 

Parking Permits and Space

  • Every vehicle entering a Yale parking area must be in possession of a parking pass. It can be purchased in advance or on game day at time of entry. Game day purchases will occur in Lot A, B and D and Handicap lots .
  • One parking permit entitles you to ONE parking spot.
  • Parking spaces are limited and tailgating must be confined to a small area behind each vehicle.
  • Traffic aisles and parking spaces cannot be blocked at any time. Spectators wishing to park together MUST enter lots at the same time.
  • Charter buses and RVs must purchase a parking pass for Lot A. Permits will be available on game day.
  • Box Trucks are NOT PERMITTED.
  • Upon departing, you are expected to clean up your parking spot. Bring trash bags with you to dispose of trash. Neatly tied trash bags can be left or taken to dumpsters located throughout the parking lot areas. Please refrain from leaving loose trash and litter in the parking areas.

Activities and Equipment

The following items and activities are allowed in parking lots:

  • Gas Grills with a maximum propane cylinder size of 20 lbs.
  • Consumption of alcoholic beverages by persons of legal drinking age, and in conformance with Connecticut State Laws, City of New Haven Ordinances, and University Policies
  • Single table, pop-up tents and/or tailgate chairs that do not block parking spots and/or drive aisles

The following items and activities are NOT allowed in parking lots:

  • Kegs, drinking game accessories, excessive quantities or common source containers of alcoholic beverages
  • Underage Drinking
  • Glass containers with the exception of wine bottles.
  • Open fires fueled by charcoal, wood, or other combustible materials of any kind
  • Amplified music
  • Couches or other large furniture items
  • No electric or gas generators
If your conduct endangers or disrupts the players, coaches, officials, or other patrons, the University reserves the right to remove you from the premises without a refund and with a potential loss of ticket privileges for future games. Yale University students who are in violation of policy may be referred to their Residential College Master for follow-up and possible disciplinary action.

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