Rocket Fan Fest expanding in 2017

August 30, 2017 | Athletics, Events, News
By Paul Helgren

Rocket Fan Fest will be bigger and better than ever at the first four home football games.

The community tailgate will take place three hours prior to kickoff and will extend into the Flatlands to feature live music, food — including Deet’s BBQ — beverages and snacks from Aramark, along with the Bud Light Beer Garden.

All food and beverages are available for purchase. Those 21 years and older must show a valid ID and will receive a wristband upon entrance into the beer garden.

“We are always looking to enhance the game day experience at the Glass Bowl,” said Heather Lutz, assistant athletic director for marketing, sales and fan experience. “Rocket Fan Fest provides our fans with an opportunity to come out early and enjoy some great music, food and beverages before the game.”

Live music will begin two-and-a-half hours prior to kickoff and will continue until 30 minutes before game time. Performing through the first four home games will be:

• Aug. 31 vs. Elon — Arctic Clam;

• Sept. 16 vs. Tulsa — Last Born Sons;

• Oct. 7 vs. Eastern Michigan — MidNight Special (courtesy of The Blade); and

• Oct. 21 vs. Akron — Distant Cousinz.

For the home opener against Elon Thursday, Aug. 31, and the Saturday, Sept. 16, contest against Tulsa, Fan Fest will begin at 4 p.m., weather permitting. Start times of Rocket Fan Fest for Eastern Michigan (Oct.7) and Akron (Oct.21) are still to be determined.

Lutz thanked UT’s community partners True House of Munch, IHeart Media and The Blade for their support of Rocket Fan Fest.

Individual and season tickets are available at the UT Ticket Office, online at, or by calling 419.530.GOLD (4653). Tickets are half-off for UT employees and retirees, and UT students are admitted free to home games with ID.

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