Director of Athletics Jim Senter has announced UTEP’s 2019 football game day fan and tailgating policies, designed to produce a better overall experience for all Miner fans in and around the Sun Bowl this fall.
The entirety of the tailgating policy was reviewed by representatives from several campus entities, and aspects of the policy that could be deemed unenforceable and/or extreme were collaboratively evaluated and adjusted in order to be more consistent with current tailgating practices at other colleges and universities.
“We received extremely valuable feedback from an online survey distributed to season ticket holders and students, and our Fan Council also provided tremendous input throughout the evaluation process,” Senter said. “We found that some of the existing policies could be considered unreasonable, and could be modified without sacrificing the overall integrity of the game day experience and the safety of all patrons, which will always remain our top priority. We’re dedicated to providing an accessible, safe and fun experience for all Miner fans in 2019!”
Tailgating patrons will no longer be required to enter the stadium at the end of the first quarter. Tablets and cameras will now be allowed in the stadium.
RV parking, located in the SC1 lot on Schuster Avenue, will now be available at 8 a.m. the day prior to each home game. Previously, the lot opened at 5 p.m. the day before the game. RV season passes are $250 and are available by calling (915) 747-6150.
Accessibility of the Sun Bowl Stadium to UTEP students will be more convenient than ever before with the abolishment of the sports lottery system. Eligible UTEP students can gain entrance to the venue by having their Miner Gold card scanned at the gate on game day.
Prior to game day, student guest tickets can be purchased on the 1st floor of the Union Building East and the UTEP Ticket Center (2901 North Mesa Street). On game days, student guest tickets can be purchased at the UTEP Ticket Center, the UTEP Ticket Center Eastside Location (1452 North Zaragoza Suite A-500), or the Sun Bowl Box Office.
Inner campus tailgating will now begin at noon on game day, with start times for the Miners’ first four home games being pushed back from 5:30 to 6 p.m. and out of respect for students attending Saturday morning classes.
Outer campus tailgating will continue to commence at 8 a.m. on game day. Centennial Plaza will be available for picnic-style, soft tailgating (i.e. blankets only) at noon on game day. Tents, grills, tables/chairs or organized sports/activities are not allowed in Centennial Plaza.
Wheelchair/ADA seating and parking have been adjusted temporarily for the 2019 season due to the ongoing stadium renovations. Wheelchair/ADA seating is available in sections 3, 5 and 7 on the concourse level of the west side of the stadium. These sections may only be accessed through the north or south stadium entrances due to construction.
Wheelchair/ADA seating is also available in Sections 13 and 15 on the concourse level in the north end zone of the stadium, and in section 19 on the concourse level in the UTEP student section on the east side of the stadium.
ADA parking will continue to be located in the SC2 lot off of Schuster Drive by the roundabout of the Spur 1966.
Shuttles will be available from the parking area to the north Sun Bowl entrance for patrons with wheelchair/ADA-designated seating beginning two hours before kickoff, with resumption at the end of the third quarter until all patrons have been serviced.
UTEP football season tickets, starting at just $60, are on sale now by calling (915) 747-6150 or going online. Season ticket prices have been reduced at all levels for the 2019 campaign.