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Groundhog Frequently Asked Questions

Groundhog 2021 Party in the Park will not be taking place this year. If your are current student, staff, or faculty please see the Groundhog Week 2021 for more info. 

Groundhog Rules

  • Ticket AND Groundhog Sweatshirt ARE REQUIRED for entry.
  • Tickets AND sweatshirts are non-transferable.
  • State ID is required to enter the park.
  • If you are 21 years of age or older, you must receive a wristband prior to entering the Park.
  • You cannot obtain a wristband in the Park. If your wristband tears, you must bring the old one and get a new one at the entrance of the Park.
  • No admittance after 11 p.m. There will be no re-admittance at any time.
  • No bags, purses, or containers (including flasks) of any kind.
  • Those publicly intoxicated will not be admitted to the event.
  • Public intoxication will result in removal from the event. The University Alcohol Policy remains in effect.
  • No refunds.

Groundhog 2020 FAQs

When and where is the rugby game?

The rugby game is at 2 p.m. on the McNab Rugby Pitch.

How can I sign-up for the 5k?

You can sign up for the Groundhog 5k in the J.M. Haggar University Center foyer Monday-Friday the week of Groundhog. Your 5k t-shirt is $10.

Can I only purchase the sweatshirt if I don't want to go to the Party in the Park?

We are not selling the sweatshirt without the ticket. Plus, we'd love to have you at the Party in the Park!

Where can I park for the Party in the Park?

You may park anywhere on campus in a non-reserved parking spot. The lot directly in front of Catherine Hall will be reserved for Tower ticket holders who are also attending the Alumni dinner. These ticket holders can begin parking in this lot at 11 a.m. The parking lot between Groundhog Park and Madonna Hall will be closed starting Friday at 3 p.m.

How do I enter the park?

There will be three entrance lines into the park: under 21, over 21, and Tower ticket holders. The park will open at 8 p.m.  To enter the park, you must have your Groundhog sweatshirt, ticket, and state ID. If you are a Tower ticket holder, and you bought a ticket for someone else, they must enter with you when you enter. 

How do I buy a ticket?

You may buy a ticket online until January 19th. Tickets will be sold on the 2nd floor of the J.M. Haggar University Center from 10 a.m.- 6:30 p.m. Monday-Friday of Groundhog week (or until sweatshirts are sold out).  

I bought a ticket online. Where do I pick up my ticket and sweatshirt?

You may pick them up in Upstairs Haggar during normal ticket selling hours. There will also be will-call on February 1st outside the park.

Can I bring a bag into the park?

No bags, purses, or containers of any kind will be allowed into Groundhog Park. Diaper bags will be permitted after security searches your bag.

Can I smoke in the park?

Yes, you may smoke in the park. 

What is included in my ticket?

  • Classic Ticket
    • Admission to Groundhog Park, Sweatshirt, unlimited food, and beer.
  • Tower Ticket
    • All classic ticket items, Groundhog 2020 stein, and access to the Groundhog Den
  • Tower Ticket plus Dinner
    • All Tower Ticket items, as well as reserved parking near Groundhog park, plus a seated 4-course dinner on the 2nd floor of Cardinal Farrell Hall in the Catholic Foundation Boardroom and catered by alumni-owned Lamberti’s Ristorante at 6:00 p.m.
  • Dinner Only
    • A seated 4-course dinner on the 2nd floor of Cardinal Farrell Hall in the Catholic Foundation Boardroom and catered by alumni-owned Lamberti’s Ristorante at 6:00 p.m. Price does not include activities or access to Groundhog Park.

I’m a Tower ticket holder. Where do I pick up my stein?

Your stein will be available for you as you enter the park. You must go through the Tower ticket line to get your stein.

What is the Groundhog Den?

A covered tent with restrooms and a beer line, exclusive for Tower ticket holders. Think of the Groundhog Den as a “fastpass” area!

Is the alumni tent different than the Groundhog Den?

Yes. All alumni and their guests are welcome to go into the alumni tent to meet and mingle with other alumni. The Groundhog den is exclusively for Tower ticket holders.

I want to go to TGIT. Anything I need to know?

We will wristband all people over 21, so please bring your state and student IDs to TGIT. We will announce Groundhog King and Queen at 10:30 p.m. There will also be a beer tasting event from 8 p.m. - 9 p.m. before Groundhog TGIT. Tickets will be $5.00 per person.

Can you ship my sweatshirt to me?

No, we will not be shipping sweatshirts this year.




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