It’s no secret that Tallahassee is home to some of the best college football games in the nation. In the southern part of College Town lies Florida Agriculture and Mechanical University. Also referred to as Florida A&M or simply FAMU, the higher education establishment is honored as one of the U.S.’s Historic Black College and Universities (HBCU).
Amidst the history and culture celebrated at FAMU comes a timeless tradition for FAMU football—the tailgating experience. A sea of FAMU fans soaking in the sun, grilling food, and spending time with friends, family, and fellow fans. For some, tailgating is even more exciting than the actual game!
Considering FAMU just came off a back-to-back championship, making history by seizing victory in both the Southern Athletic Conference and the Celebration Bowl, it’s likely that the Tallahassee university’s home games will be drawing in even bigger crowds for the upcoming season. For that reason, it’s important for incoming students and new FAMU fans to know all the tips and tricks for the 2024 football season.
Are you prepared for the upcoming FAMU football season? Whether you’re an incoming freshman, alumni, or just a Tallahassee local who loves sports—it’s important to get the backstory of what makes FAMU your favorite team!
If you can’t make it to an actual tailgate, have no fear! There are tons of places around Tally to watch the game, throw back a cold one, and hangout with other Rattler fans:
Once you’ve completed a successful tailgate, follow along with our tips to make sure you have a safe FAMU football game experience:
Handicap accessibility – Bragg Memorial Stadium offers a limited number of seats for FAMU fans with disabilities. You can request special arrangements by emailing the FAMU Ticket Office or calling them at (850) 599-3141.
Disabled parking – Bragg Memorial provides ADA (disabled) parking spots on a first come, first serve basis. FAMU fans who have a valid disabled persons parking placard or license plate can park on in the designated area on the Southeast side of the stadium.
Alcohol – Fans attending a home FAMU game are not permitted to bring in any food or beverages inside Bragg Memorial. This includes alcohol. In fact, alcoholic beverages are prohibited inside Bragg Stadium. FAMU indicates that violators are subject to be removed from the stadium.
Bag Policy – Make sure to follow FAMU’s bag policy before entering the stadium. The only bags that are permitted inside Bragg Memorial are a clear plastic, vinyl, or PVC bag that does not exceed 12”x6”x12”. Small clutch purses are also permitted if they are no larger than 4.5”x6.5” (the size of a hand) with or without a strap. Failure to abide by FAMU’s bag policy can result in you taking your belongings back to your vehicle or having it confiscated by security.
Cooling stations – Given Florida’s near-constant state of heat and sunshine, it’s important for fans to have a place to cool down. FAMU offers multiple “cool zones” around Bragg Memorial Stadium. There are also EMS and first aid providers who are on the lookout for football fans with heat-related issues.
Parking for FAMU Tailgates – Finding parking for a college football tailgate is one of the most important aspects of the game! FAMU booster members pay up to $1,000 for their reserved tailgating spots. However, that isn’t so realistic for students or standard fans. FAMU has recently teamed up with Clutch! to provide single-game parking passes for home football games. If you plan to tailgate in a parking lot, ensure that you are within the confined space you have paid for.
Make sure your 2024 FAMU tailgating season is an unforgettable one by staying in line with these rules:
Anyone entering Bragg Memorial Stadium for a FAMU game should make sure they don’t have any of the following prohibited items:
All students and football fans will be searched prior to entering Bragg Memorial. If you are caught with any prohibited items, you may have them confiscated or be denied entry into the FAMU game.
Even when it’s not FAMU Game Day, there are plenty of noteworthy events happening around Tallahassee. Stay up to date with our events calendar for all things Tally related.