Last Updated: 
2021-11-29

A Tailgate Event SOP is required for events held in connection with, and in proximity to, a sporting event, and where attendees 19 years of age or older may bring their own liquor (BYOB) for consumption at the tailgate event, within the permitted area.

To be eligible for a Tailgate Event Permit in Ontario, the tailgate event must meet the definition of a tailgate event as set out in the Permit Regulation.

A tailgate event must be an outdoor event that is held in connection with one of the following types of sporting events:

  • Professional sporting events may include sports where the participants are major league teams such as members of the Canadian Football League (CFL), Major League Baseball (MLB), National Hockey League (NHL), American Hockey League (AHL), National Basketball Association (NBA), Major League Soccer (MLS).

  • Semi-professional sporting events may include sports where the participants are minor league teams such as members of Ontario Hockey League (OHL), AAA baseball, United Soccer League Championship.

  • Post-secondary sporting events may include sports where the participants are extramural, varsity or intercollegiate sports teams

In addition, attendees 19 years and older must be allowed to bring their own liquor for consumption.

Please note that amateur or recreational sporting events, including events organized and played through intramural sports leagues at post-secondary institutions or otherwise, are not eligible for tailgate event permits.

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