Parking and Tailgating Guidelines

One of the great traditions of games and matches held at Mercedes-Benz Stadium (each, the “Event”) is enjoying time together with family, friends and other fans before each Event.  Tailgating in The Home Depot Backyard areas, where permitted, is intended for event day ticket holders only. Preparing a pre-event meal, sharing stories from past events and taking in the excitement are some of the accepted tailgating practices prior to an event. Excessive consumption of alcohol and playing music at a volume disruptive to other fans are some examples of activities not permitted. Tailgating activities are required to end 30 minutes after the start time of the event.  All fans are reminded that the Mercedes-Benz Stadium Code of Conduct extends throughout The Home Depot Backyard and all controlled event day parking areas.


Opens 4.5 hours prior to event – This applies to both vehicles and fans.  Please follow the direction of law enforcement as vehicles cannot stage on or block the flow of traffic on city streets prior to the opening of The Home Depot Backyard.

Tailgating permitted up to 30 minutes after Event start – Fans are asked to proceed to the event within 30 minutes of the event starting time.    Thereafter, up to 4 people may stay in the specific tailgate spot in The Home Depot Backyard in order to maintain the security and safety of their equipment.  However, security reserves the right to remove guests during the event if they are not adhering to the code of conduct.

Vehicles are not allowed to park overnight at any time. Any vehicles left overnight will be towed at owner’s expense.

Lot closes two (2) hours after conclusion of Event – for evening events, tailgating activities must conclude no later than midnight.   Fans and their vehicles must exit the lot at closing time.

One (1) space per hangtag – Vehicles taking more than one parking space or parked incorrectly will be subject to tow. All fees associated with the removal and impounding of the vehicle will be the responsibility of the owner.

Oversized vehicles are not allowed in The Home Depot Backyard – RVs, Buses Trailers and similar vehicles are not allowed.  

“Speed loading of the parking lots” – Fans are asked to follow the direction of the parking team member to quickly park your vehicle. Vehicles that, do not park in a location instructed by parking team member, upon request, are subject to tow.  All fees associated with the removal and impounding of the vehicle will be the responsibility of the owner.

No reserved spaces – Fans that wish to park next to friends must arrive at the parking entrance at the same time i.e., following one another. Parking spots cannot be reserved or saved for family and/or friends arriving at a later time.  Fans are not allowed to rope off or reserve large tailgate areas.

Tailgating spaces – Tailgating in The Home Depot Backyard must be limited to the area directly in front of or behind the vehicle as marked for each such space. Tailgating in empty stalls is prohibited, even with an unused parking pass. Tailgating equipment, such as chairs, tents, propane/ natural gas grills and other items, cannot extend beyond the fire lanes for vehicles or sidewalks.

Excessive or Underage alcohol consumption will not be tolerated – Drinking games or any other activity that is linked to competitive or excessive drinking are not permitted. Games or activities determined by security to be harmful to fans will not be allowed.

Natural gas or propane grills only, no charcoal – For the safety of all fans, charcoal grills, wood stoves, oil fryers, large boiling pots, open pit fires and or any other cooking stations or related tools are not permitted in The Home Depot Backyard.

Glass containers can only be used for serving – The Home Depot Backyard will serve as a park and recreational facility on non-event days and for safety purposes, the use of glass containers is restricted to serving only.  Single serving glass bottles (i.e. beer, wine cooler, soda or any other single serving glass bottle) are prohibited.  Glass bottles used for serving (i.e. wine bottles) are allowed.

Tent size and weighing – Fans are permitted to bring up to one (1) 10’ by 10’ shade tent per parking space to be used on the grass areas and tailgate spaces within The Home Depot Backyard, weather permitting. So that many fans can enjoy the grass fields, tailgate groups will be limited to one tent. Tents and tailgating equipment used in the parking areas must not extend beyond the fire lanes, along sidewalks and walkways or other areas deemed by stadium staff as an obstruction.  For safety reason, tents must be taken down before entering the stadium.  It is required that all tents be weighted down to prevent movement, over-turning, etc. as a result of weather and or pedestrian traffic – ABSOLUTELY NO STAKING OF ANY KIND PERMITTED.

Sale of food or beverage items is prohibited – Fans are limited to bringing and preparing food for their family and friends. Private catering companies are not allowed in The Home Depot Backyard.

Non-licensed motorized vehicles are prohibited – Golf carts, Segways, skateboards, bicycles, scooters, hover boards and other non-licensed motorized vehicles (other than permitted vehicles) are not permitted to be operated within The Home Depot Backyard.

Radio controlled model aircraft, unmanned aircraft systems and other similar devices (i.e. drones) are prohibited – Possession or operation of such devices will result in immediate ejection from the area, confiscation of all such devices and potential law enforcement intervention.

Portable Public-Address systems are not permitted –  Sound systems cannot be used at excessive volume levels or playing music not suitable for a public setting (i.e. profanity in lyrics) as determined by parking lot or security team member.

Small portable electric generators (6500W or less) are allowed – but must have plywood or decking must be used as a base to prevent burning the grass.  Electrical cords cannot be placed across parking area drive aisles or in areas that would create a hazard for any guests.

Advertising/Sale of goods and services is not permitted – Vehicles with exterior advertising are not allowed in the lot even with a valid hangtag or mobile parking pass. Hanging commercial signage on vehicles, tents or by other means is also not permitted and may result in removal from the lot.

No liability – Cars are parked at owner’s risk. Mercedes-Benz Stadium and its security assumes no responsibility for loss or damage to cars or its contents (including but not limited to tailgating items).  Lock your vehicle and do not leave valuables in plain view.

The Mercedes-Benz Stadium Code of Conduct will be enforced throughout The Home Depot Backyard.  Along with season tickets and other event tickets, parking hangtags can and will be revoked for non-compliance of Mercedes-Benz Stadium parking regulations and/or Code of Conduct.

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