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Parking - Parking is $15 at NRG Stadium. Sam Houston State fans parking is in the Blue Lots (see parking map diagram). All parking lots at NRG Park open four hours prior to kickoff. We have designated lots for each school in the Blue Lot (map attached). Parking is first-come, first served and fans may park in their designated school lots for the first 2 hours (11am-1pm). Reliant Park staff will direct all fans that arrive during the last 2 hours (1pm-3pm) to the most accessible lot to prevent traffic flow issues. Saving spots will not be allowed - if you would like to tailgate near friends, please arrive together. Tailgating will be limited to one 8' x 16' space for each valid parking hangtag, and must not cross over into the drive lane designated by the blue lines down each aisle. If you plan to extend sides or set chairs outside of your parking spot, you will need parking hangtags in addition to the ones for the space that will be used for your vehicle
Busses - Enter Gate 10 off of Kirby Drive and drop passengers on the north side of NRG Stadium.
ADA Parking - may be purchase on game day with the requirement of a handicap placard or indicated on the license plate of the vehicle. ADA fans should enter at the Westridge gate.
Seating - Bearkats seating is in Sections 101-115 and Sections 137-140. We expect you to be wearing your Bearkat orange! Tickets may still be purchased at www.gobearkats.com or by calling the athletic ticket office at (936) 294-1729.
Pre-Game Tailgate - Bearkat Tailgate Alley will be located in Blue Lot 22 and officially opens at 11:30 a.m. and is open until 1:30 p.m. Tailgating is "encouraged" at NRG Stadium and fans may create their own tailgate environments in the Blue Lot. For details on tailgating policies and a parking map see link at top of this page. Map to Sam Houston Tailgate in Lot 22 (South Kirby Lot)
NRG Stadium Tailgate & Parking Policies - For complete information on parking and tailgating policies, please click here to see Battle of the Piney Woods Tailgate & Parking Policies
HEB Tailgater of the Game - H-E-B Tailgater of the Game judges will be roaming the NRG Stadium parking lots trying to find the best tailgate setup at the Battle of the Piney Woods. The winning tailgate will be recognized during the game on the video board and will win an H-E-B gift card. More information on HEB Tailgater of the Game
Will Call - If you have purchased advanced tickets and are picking those up at Will Call then look for the main ticket offices on Budweiser Plaza.
Player Guest Will Call - SHSU player guests and recruits may pick up their tickets at a special tent near the ticket offices on the southwest corner of Budweiser Plaza. This will call will be a tent marked with a SHSU banner.
Gates - NRG Stadium gates open at 1:30 p.m.
Merchandise Sales - Bearkat merchandise will be sold at Bearkat Alley in Blue Lot 22 and on the NRG Stadium concourse at Section 104.
Letterman Tunnel - Former Sam Houston State football players participating in the pre-game letterman tunnel on the field at NRG Stadium need to report to the south lobby of the stadium by 2:15 p.m. Please contact the ticket office at 936-294-1729 for more information.
History of the Battle of the Piney Woods - Sam Houston and Stephen F. Austin's football series is one of the oldest NCAA Division I rivalries in the state. Check out the history of the SHSU-SFA series.
Wear Your School Colors - We're looking for a sea of orange in the stands representing the Bearkat Nation. This is our opportunity to showcase Sam Houston State University on a big stage in front of a Southland Conference television audience. Be loud. Be proud. Wear Orange!