Game Day in Waco

By Emily Ober

Pictured: Photos provided by Baylor Athletics


Get hyped for the game at Touchdown Alley, located on the old Floyd Casey turf on the Southeast side of McLane Stadium. Touchdown Alley opens three hours before kickoff and closes 30 minutes before kickoff. It’s free for the whole family to enjoy but bring cash for food and drinks from the many Baylor Partners who will have their own interactive activation site to enjoy.

Join fans as they welcome the players two hours before kickoff at The Bear Walk at the South Plaza. Meet between gates D and A at the South Plaza to cheer on the players.

Catch up on all the stats and stories at the Baylor Alumni Tailgate Show two hours before kickoff — also livestreaming online, on KCEN and KAGS station, and ESPN 1660 — and the Countdown to Kickoff Radio Show an hour before game time.

Sailgating is another way to get ready to cheer on the bears. Dock your boat in the Baylor Basin on the Brazos River and join in this unique game day experience. Be sure to read up on the Texas Parks & Wildlife’s Water Safety Act beforehand.


In 1909, Baylor hosted what is considered the first ever collegiate homecoming celebration as the Baylor family returned to campus to “catch that Baylor spirit again”, as written by Baylor President Samuel Palmer Brooks. Homecoming week is one of the biggest Baylor traditions and this year falls on October 23-28 against the Iowa State Cyclones. Kick-off the celebration with Pigskin Revue October 26-28 showcasing the annual All University Sing winners. Cheer for the Bears at the Extravaganza on October 27 and line up for the big homecoming parade Saturday October 28 before the game.

Parking // Shuttles

McLane Stadium 1001 S M.L.K. Jr Blvd. // 2,500 parking spots available in 4 lots // 350 tailgating spots // The Bear Walk // Pre-paid, season-long only

Umphrey Law School 1114 S University Parks Dr // 10-minute walk to the stadium along the Brazos River // Pre-paid, season-long only

Ferrell Center 1900 S. University Parks Dr. // 2,197 parking spots available // 20-minute walk to the stadium along the Brazos River // Shuttle service two hours before kickoff & one hour postgame // Pre-paid, season-long only

Dutton Garage 1111 S. University Parks Dr. // 1,195 parking spots available // 20-minute walk to the stadium // Pre-paid, season-long only

Speight Garage 1521 S. 4th St. // Single Game Parking available for $25 per game while inventory lasts // Shuttle service two hours before kickoff & one hour postgame // Pre-paid, season-long only

BRIC Shuttle 100 Research Pkwy // ADA parking placard required // Runs 4 hours before kickoff and 1 hour postgame

Brazos Parking 1400 M.L.K. Jr Blvd. // $400 for vehicle season parking or $725 for season tailgate // 358 parking spots // 128 tailgating spots // 32 RV spots // 5-minute walk to stadium

Downtown Shuttle 1,800 spots available in the Downtown area // Shuttle will pick up at Heritage Square on 3rd St. and Austin Ave. // Shuttle drops off at the northwest corner of McLane Stadium // Runs three hours before kickoff, until one hour postgame

*Tip: Bring cash for last minute parking, as some of the residents around McLane Stadium offer up parking spaces at their homes. But be prepared to spend a pretty penny for these spaces.