Andres Acosta / El Paso Herald-Post
UTEP students will have an exclusive tailgating area atop the Sun Bowl parking garage and the student ticketing process has been simplified for the 2019 Miner football season, Director of Athletics Jim Senter announced on Tuesday.
“One of our primary goals for this year was to make it much easier for our students to get to the games,” Senter said. “The sports lottery system that was used in the past caused confusion and now students merely need to swipe their Miner Gold Card to gain access to Sun Bowl Stadium. We need to increase our attendance numbers this fall and having a solid student representation is a big part of that. The new ticketing process, coupled with a dedicated tailgating area, will go a long way towards providing the best possible gameday experience for all our students this fall. We’re excited about the Orange Revival and invite all our students to come out and support an improved football team in 2019.”
The UTEP Football Student Tailgate Zone, atop the Sun Bowl parking garage, will be open from noon until 6 p.m. for each of the Miners’ first four football home games, which all kick off at 6.
Tailgate zone hours for the last two home games, which kick off at 1 p.m., will be announced at a later date.
“We want to invite all students to come out and tailgate with us! It is going to be so much fun!” Jessica Martinez, President of the UTEP Student Government Association said. “We will be providing free food, a DJ, and lots of giveaways throughout the tailgate. Afterwards, we will all march into the game and continue the party at the student section as we cheer on our team.”
For the first four home games, students with special permits (tailgate experience or tailgate parking permit) will be required to arrive at the Sun Bowl parking garage between 10 and 11:30 a.m. in order to be allowed in their designated space. A tailgate experience permit provides a reserved space, while students with a tailgate parking permit will be allowed to park in any non-reserved spot.
Parking passes are valid for the Sun Bowl parking garage only. UTEP Football Student Tailgate Zone participants will receive a wristband with proof of active Miner Gold Card or football ticket that acts as a fast pass into the Sun Bowl Stadium.
Wristbands will be available on the top level of the Sun Bowl parking garage.
Students with a tailgate experience permit are allowed to bring their own propane grill or pre-prepared outside food. Food and beverage will also be sold in the UTEP Football Student Tailgate Zone.
For more information on the UTEP Football Student Tailgate Zone, please visit the website.
An active Miner Gold Card will serve as a student ticket to enter through any gate at the Sun Bowl Stadium.