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Tailgate concerts back with eclectic lineup

View of the stage at a tailgate concert

Tailgate concerts take place in Stampede Square before the first four home football games this fall.


Published June 12, 2018

The Tailgate Concert Series at UB home football games will be back this fall with an eclectic program that includes pop, rock and country performers.

Each concert in the four-concert series will begin two hours before kickoff. The free concerts will take place in Stampede Square in the Stadium Parking Lot between UB Stadium and Millersport Highway. Stampede Square will open three hours before each game.

Buffalo-born pop singer/songwriter Keith James opens this year’s series with a concert before the Bulls’ season opener against Delaware State on Sept. 1. Other acts performing in the series are country singer/songwriter Chase Bryant (Sept. 15 versus Eastern Michigan), country artist Joe Nichols (Sept. 29, Army) and ‘80s rock band Night Ranger (Oct. 13, homecoming game against Akron).

Fans purchasing $36 VIP Game Day Experience Packs receive a game ticket, front-of-stage access to that day’s Tailgate Concert, VIP credential, concession voucher and access to a hospitality tent featuring free food and non-alcoholic beverages.

The Tailgate Concert Series began in fall 2013 as part of a new initiative by UB Athletics to improve the fan experience at the home football games. Among the other additions to the home-game experience were an enhanced “Walk to Victory” by the football team, interactive fan activities, giveaways and the broadcast of a live radio pregame show courtesy of ESPN 1520 AM in Stampede Square.

UB faculty and staff may purchase season tickets for $66, a savings of $59 over the regular price of $125. UB employees can purchase additional season tickets for family members at the same low price.

Tickets can be purchased online, by calling 1-877-UB-THERE or visiting the ticket office in Alumni Arena.

And for younger fans, the Bulls’ excitement continues with the Jr. Bulls Kids Club, a program that offers a special experience year-round for children in eighth grade and younger.

Memberships, which cost $30 per child, includes 10 flexible ticket vouchers to any UB football, basketball or wresting event, as well an official Jr. Bulls T-shirt, personalized membership card, exclusive membership gift and invitations to special events.

Visit the Jr. Bulls webpage to sign up.

In addition to the four games featuring tailgate concerts, the Bulls will play at home against Miami (OH) on Oct. 30 and against Kent State on Nov. 6.