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Updated UMass Page for Tickets, Parking, Pre-Game Activities and Notes plus,
Marching Band, Game Day Themes, and Beer and Wine sales available to all 21 and above.

https://umassathletics.com/sports/2018/8...meday.aspx

Details of what is permitted as bags over so many inches, propane cylinders no large than 20 lbs etc.
https://umassathletics.com/sports/2018/8...y-101.aspx

May need to update below and will check back later and see, but off to vacation.

This is a short summary of game day links from UMass and others as TripAdvisor etc. The 2017 Football Gameday 101 and the changes for 2017 are the most important for game day atmosphere and explains parking. There are some links on places to eat and to stay and finally the Basketball Hall of Fame and at least one other family activity. Personally live 25 miles away and ask others to contribute.

For 2018 some changes regarding parking and will update more later.
Lot 22 is free to season ticket holders and assume for individual advance paid parking.
Lot 33 is for game day cash only parking.
Lot 14 for RV and South Loop are available and assume available for advance paid parking.
Lot 11 and Stadium Drive are paid lots and available to season ticket holders and additionally require a $50 donation to the Minutemen Cub


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Here is a link and a new, Jul 12th video on game day and changes for 2017, which includes charging $5 for parking in advance and $10 for game day.
Hope you can make.





Click on the read more.
http://umassathletics.com/sports/2017/2/...1470061656

2017 Football Gameday 101
http://umassathletics.com/documents/2017...ay_101.pdf

Adding some additional links and generally eat at the Hanger, which is in walking distance to McGuirk. Have not gone there immediately after a football game thou and like the dry rubs, believe it's a cajun something rub and one of the porter 22 oz beers.

The Amherst Guide from a specific event has some info but would ignore some of it. But it gives nice price ranges on some the the restaurants.
https://www.umass.edu/family/methodology...avel/guide

Here is the separate TripAdvisor link:
https://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurants-...setts.html

Lodging, have been told the HotelUmass is very good and on campus. It's a far walk to the stadium and would probably be best to drive. There is parking by Campus Center and connects below ground and above ground.
http://www.hotelumass.com/

The Hampshire Hospitality Group has nice options and well regarded and out on route 9 about a mile from the stadium.
http://www.hampshirehospitality.com/

In nearby Northampton and highly recommend the Eastside Cafe. The seafood chowder is excellent and in fact everything I've tried has been really good but recommend reservations.

https://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurants-...setts.html

Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
http://www.hoophall.com/

Families like to visit the Yankee Candle
http://www.yankeecandle.com/about-us/vis...eld-events


Adding a Campus Map from 2015
http://www.umass.edu/visitorsctr/sites/d...p-2015.pdf
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Nice job Steve!
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Adding a few videos of Amherst and UMass.
A drone tour of most of the campus.




Thank you to recent graduate David Jeffway '18 for filming and sharing this incredible footage. Friday 11/16/18 - twitter video link.

https://twitter.com/i/status/1063500536891215872

A college town hype video


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Quote:In a Facebook post, Alex Kent wrote, "In Antonio's Pizza in Amherst today. Can you guess who it is? Yup: Harrison Ford, Calista Flockhart, and their son. Totally down to earth: he gladly signed a paper plate for another patron, an older woman who is a big fan. Friendly, solicitous, really sweet. His star rises in my estimation. I guess they are taking their son to the Nike tennis camp at Amherst College but that's only a guess."

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Quote:For the first time ever inside McGuirk Alumni Stadium, beer and wine will be available for purchase to all fans (21 and older). Beer and wine will also be available inside the Mullins Center for the 2018-19 Season.

Those looking for a bite to eat during the game are in luck, as our award winning Dining Services provides all of our concessions inside McGuirk Alumni Stadium. They take great pride in creating menus that highlight the region, feature locally-sourced ingredients, and bring a true dining experience to add to an already great game day!
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May update post #1 but here is Gameday 2019 from and email:

Gameday 101

Admission
McGuirk Alumni Stadium will open 90 minutes prior to kickoff. Spectators (three (3) and older) must have a valid ticket to enter and are encouraged to enter McGuirk Alumni Stadium prior to kickoff. This serves to ease congestion at the gates. Once in the stadium, guests are not allowed to leave and re-enter. There is a no re-entry policy. All bags will be searched upon entry.



Bags
All bags will be searched upon entry to McGuirk Alumni Stadium. Bags larger than 14"x10"x5" are not permitted in McGuirk Alumni Stadium.



Banners and Signs
Hand-held banners may be no larger than 3'x3' and must not obstruct the view of other guests during the game.



Concessions
A variety of in-stadium meal options, ranging from classic gameday fare to more contemporary and dietary items, are available for sale. Concession stands are located at the base of the McGuirk Alumni Stadium stands on both the east and west sidelines. Concession stands will include both beer and wine.



Guest Services
Guest Services is located next to Section 20, along the north concourse. The booths are staffed until 20 minutes after the game ends. Guest Services can assist with gameday questions, provide information, as well as lost and found retrieval. Members of the UMass Event Staff and UMass Security are located at each gate.



Security and Safety
All guests and their items will be subject to physical inspection by security personnel. Do not leave valuables visible in your car and always lock your doors. Laptops, purses, GPS units, iPods and other electronic devices are especially at risk for theft. UMass is not responsible for any stolen items. Any item deemed dangerous or inappropriate by management can and will be prohibited from McGuirk Alumni Stadium.



Tents and Tailgating
Stay Grounded Tents or canopies must be secured and may not utilize stakes that penetrate the ground more than 12 inches. Tailgating amenities, including tents, canopies, furniture, grills, generators, cables or satellite dishes, may not obstruct sidewalks, drive lanes, pedestrian walkways or fire lanes.



Tickets and Will Call
The UMass Athletics Ticket Office is located at the Mullins Center and is open Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-6:00 p.m. The McGuirk Alumni Stadium Ticket Office (ticket sales and will call), located outside the east gates of McGuirk Alumni Stadium on Stadium Drive, opens three (3) hours prior to kickoff and closes at the end of the third quarter. The satellite ticket trailer (ticket sales only) opens four (4) hours prior to kickoff and is located on Stadium Drive. UMass player guest and visiting team will call, located outside the east gates of McGuirk Alumni Stadium, opens 90 minutes prior to kickoff and closes at the end of the third quarter. Only the person whose name is on the ticket envelope may pick up the ticket(s). A photo ID is required for all will call transactions.

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Gameday Promotion

Celebrating all of the great businesses in our area, the first annual Valley Tally game encourages local businesses / restaurants to display their UMass pride, and come out to the game! Game programming will include announcements surrounding businesses in attendance, and all that they offer!



Giveaway: kickoff the Walt Bell era of UMass football, and receive a mini UMass cowbell! Limited number available, first come first serve



Hosting a school supply drive to benefit Holyoke Public Schools. Bring items and drop them off at the Fan Experience Tent prior to entering the stadium!

Minuteman March

The Minuteman March will move to a new location for the 2019 season. The team will arrive to the designated starting point (in front of main entrance to stadium) 2 hours and 10 minutes prior to kickoff. Line the walkway to the FPC and greet the team!



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