• This is a photo of students at a football game tailgate.

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    Come and celebrate the home team.

  • This is a photo of students at a football game tailgate.

    #tailgateHU

    Hang out with friends before the big game.

  • This is a photo of students at a football game tailgate.

    #tailgateHU

    Take part in all the tailgate events.

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Harding University tailgate events are held every Saturday before a home football game at First Security Stadium. Whether the game is in the afternoon or evening, come out to support the home team and participate in all of the tailgate activities.

The lawn in front of the Ganus Activities Complex is the designated zone for tailgate set up. University offices and departments, social clubs and Bison football fans everywhere can set up a tailgate. Bring your grills and your black and gold decorations to create a dining experience full of Harding pride.

Restrooms are available in the GAC before the game, and the restrooms in First Security Stadium can be used during the game. The GAC is located on the corner of Park Street and Burks Boulevard, and First Security Stadium sits to the left of the GAC. Parking can be found on all four sides of the GAC.

The tailgate schedule will vary depending on the time of the game.

For 2 p.m. games, the schedule will be as follows:

8:00 a.m. — Tailgate Area Opens, No Reservations Needed, First Come, First Served (See Map)
10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. — Restrooms available in the GAC
11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. — Aramark Buffet
11:45 a.m. — Walk of Brothers with the Harding University Drumline
1:30 p.m. — Thundering Herd Marching Band Tailgate Performance  
2:00 p.m. — Game Kickoff @ First Security Stadium 

For games that begin at 6 p.m., the following schedule will be used:

8:00 a.m. — Tailgate Area Opens, No Reservations Needed, First Come, First Served (See Map)
12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. — Restrooms available in the GAC
3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. — Aramark Buffet
3:45 p.m. — Walk of Brothers with the Harding University Drumline
5:30 p.m. — Thundering Herd Marching Band Tailgate Performance
6:00 p.m. — Game Kickoff @ First Security Stadium
For a set up map and a more detailed schedule for special events, see below.

Family weekend/Bison Days tailgate

This is a map of the HU tailgate.

8:00 a.m. — Tailgate Area Opens, No Reservations Needed, First Come, First Served (See Map)

12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. — Restrooms available in the GAC

3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. — Aramark Buffet

3:45 p.m. — Walk of Brothers with the Harding University Drumline

5:30 p.m. — Thundering Herd Marching Band Tailgate Performance 

6:00 p.m. — Game Kickoff @ First Security Stadium

Under the pecan trees in front of the Ganus Athletic Center, enjoy the music of Belles and Beaux and inflatable games fun for everyone. Prices for this tailgate are as follows:
$10 for adults
$5 for children ages 6- 11
Age 5 and under are free.

For families of students, you may use your student's meal plan or pay for your food at the tailgate party.

6 p.m. Bison Football vs. University of Arkansas - Monticello — Be on hand for a Great American Conference matchup. Wear your black and gold, and cheer for the Bisons. Tickets to the game are required and are $8 for adults and $5 for kids. Free admission for HU students with an I.D. card.

Homecoming tailgate

This is a map of the tailgate set up for Homecoming weekend.
8:00 a.m. — Tailgate Area Opens, No Reservations Needed, First Come, First Served

10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. — Restrooms available in the Ganus Activities Complex

11 a.m.-1:45 p.m. — Harding Family Picnic and Giant Tailgate Celebration. The food will be inside the Ganus Activities Complex. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children 6-11. Families may use current student’s meal plan. Children under 6 eat for free with parent. Heritage Circle members will be seated inside the GAC. Bring your grills, black and gold décor and Bison spirit to create the ultimate outdoor dining experience before the game. First come, first serve. Invite friends and current students to join you.

11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. — Aramark Buffet. Don’t want to cook? Aramark will be serving ribs, brats, grilled chicken and all the trimmings.

Classes of ’42, ’47, ’52, ’57, ’62, ’67, ’72, ’77, ’82, ’87, ’92, ’96, ’01, ‘07 and ‘12 will meet at the Family Picnic. Signs denoting class years will be posted at the picnic. Seating is available inside the GAC.

11 a.m.-2 p.m. — Student Publications Tailgate Party - in front of the GAC

11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. — President's Council Homecoming Tailgate. The tent is located in front of GAC. Bring your families and enjoy burgers and brats grilled on-site, a variety of side dishes and ice cream sundaes! Plus sit and enjoy live music! Reconnect with other President's Council members. (Tailgate pass event for President’s Council members)

11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. — African-American Alumni for HU Tailgate Party located in front of the GAC. Contact lhowell@harding.edu if you would like to attend.

11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. — Generation HU Tailgate Party at GAC for graduates of the last decade.

11:30 a.m. — Football Alumni meet in Keller lobby with current football players to participate in the Walk of Brothers.

11:45 a.m. — Walk of Brothers. Line up in front of the GAC and cheer the Harding Bison Football team as they prepare to meet Southwestern Oklahoma State University at 2 p.m. in an important Great American Conference game.

12 p.m. — Ticket booth opens at First Security Stadium

1:30 p.m. — Thundering Herd Marching Band Tailgate Performance  

2:00 p.m. — Game Kickoff @ First Security Stadium 

Aramark services

Aramark will provide food at the Family Weekend tailgate and the Homecoming tailgate.

Family Weekend, Sept. 30

Homecoming, Oct. 21
11 a.m.-2 p.m. Aramark will be serving ribs, brats, grilled chicken and all the trimmings. Food will be provided in the Ganus Actvities Complex. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children 6-11. Families may use current student’s meal plan. Children under 6 eat for free with a parent.