Food, Fun and Football: Party at the Plaza is Back

Party at the Plaza on Centennial Plaza

Party at the Plaza, the pre-game tailgating celebration at Arkansas Tech University, is going back to its roots in 2023.

The event will return to Centennial Plaza on the lawn between Simmons Bank Field at Thone Stadium and Williamson Hall for the 108th season of Arkansas Tech football. Admission to Party at the Plaza is free and open to the public.

ATU’s first Party at the Plaza of 2023 will begin at 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 9. The event will typically begin three hours before kickoff of each home Wonder Boys game. Arkansas Tech will make its 2023 football home debut by hosting Southern Nazarene University at 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 9.

Tailgating tent rentals are available to the public and to individuals and organizations at Arkansas Tech. There are a limited number of tents available. All tent rentals will be online and the associated form is available at

The cost for a tent rental through ATU is $25 per game or $125 for the entire season to ensure a spot at all six home games.

Fans may also choose to bring their own tents. To reserve a spot at the tailgate for their tents, fans will need to reserve a spot at the tailgate through the online form found at

For fans renting a tent or providing their own and reserving a tailgating spot through the online form, their location will be e-mailed prior to each home game.

Season passes for ATU home football and basketball games are e-mailed to the ATU accounts for all faculty, staff and students before the first home game of the season. The sender of the e-mail is “Arkansas Tech University Box Office” and the sending e-mail address is

ATU faculty, staff and students may download the PDF that is attached to the e-mail to their mobile device and present that file at the gate in order to receive free admission to regular season home athletics events this academic year.

The general public may purchase game tickets at

As a reminder, with digital ticketing, Arkansas Tech does not accept on-site cash or credit card payments for any ticketed athletic event.