Monarch Family Weekend

What is Monarch Family Weekend?

October 20-21, 2023

We are excited to invite your family to take part in Monarch Family Weekend! Through a variety of in-person programs, Monarch Family Weekend connects families and students with the ODU community. 

The weekend will also include the ODU vs. Appalachian State football game on Saturday, October 21. Special Monarch Family Weekend pricing is available for tickets. See details, including ticket information for select events, below.


Friday, Oct. 20

4 p.m. Meet and Greet: Fraternity and Sorority Life Free Webb Center
4 p.m. Meet and Greet:
TRiO and First-Generation Students
Free Webb Center
4 p.m. Meet and Greet: Office of Intercultural Relations Free Webb Center
4 p.m. Meet and Greet: Monarch Pantry Free Webb Center


Saturday, Oct. 21

3:30-6:30 p.m.  Monarch Family Tailgate Ticket required Kaufman Mall
7 p.m. ODU Football vs. Appalachian State Ticket required S.B. Ballard Stadium

Visitor's Guide

Find campus maps, tours, parking information, directions and more in our online visitor's guide.


There are many hotel options conveniently located close to campus.

Football Stadium Map

Find section map to S.B. Ballard Stadium and links to the football fan guides.

Saturday Family Football Celebration

The Monarch Family Weekend football game is Saturday, October 21 against Appalachian State. Families have three options to attend events, beginning with the tailgate. 

Football Game Packages

Tailgate & General Admission Ticket Package

  • Includes:  Entrance to the Monarch Family Tailgate AND football ticket
  • Cost: $50
  • Seating location: South Endzone in the same section as student ticket seating.  Note: Bleacher seats do not include seat backs.
  • Children's Ticketing: For children between the ages of 2-8, while it is free to attend the tailgate, they will need a football ticket to enter the game. You can add a Youth Ticket option to your Monarch Family Weekend registration.

If you would like to purchase a football ticket without attending the tailgate, please visit

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Purchase Tailgate & Upgraded Seating

Would you like to attend the Monarch Family Tailgate but desire to upgrade your football ticket? Register for the Tailgate ONLY and purchase your football ticket separately.

  • Cost: $21
  • Seating location: Newly renovated portion of S.B. Ballard Stadium near concessions and restrooms. All seats have backs.
  • Students and children must purchase a ticket: ALL students must purchase a separate ticket to sit in this section. Complimentary student football tickets are not applicable in these seats.


Get Family Weekend rates

To purchase upgraded sideline seats for the October 21st football game:



Tailgate Celebration


3:30-6:30 p.m. on Kaufman Mall


  • Family Members and Guests: $40 per person
  • Current Students: Free
  • Children 8 and under: No ticket required


  • Food, dessert, and non-alcoholic beverages
  • ODU and Monarch Family giveaways and spirit items
  • Shaded seating area to relax with your student and loved ones


October 20-21, 2023

Events on Friday are free to attend and include dining tickets to Broderick Dining Commons for your entire party.

Registration for the Monarch Family Tailgate is $40 per family member/guest or $50 per family member/guest with the inclusion of a football ticket. This includes all children over the age of 8. ODU student attendance is free at all events.

For family members or guests who register for the Monarch Family Tailgate, football tickets are included in the cost of the package. ODU student tickets are free.

Upgraded sideline tickets are $21 and must be purchased separately from the Monarch Family Tailgate.

Any children 2 or older are required to purchase a ticket. Youth tickets must also be purchased independently.

Football seating is in the student section, which is in the endzone. Please note that these seats are on bleachers and do not have seatbacks. Handicapped accessible seating is available in the front of this section. 

Upgraded sideline seating is in the newly renovated portion of S.B. Ballard Stadium near concessions and restrooms. All sideline seats have seatbacks. ODU students must purchase a separate ticket to sit in this section.

Find a stadium map.

Yes. For more information and for purchasing, please visit

For families attending Friday’s Meet and Greet sessions, hourly parking is available through MobilePay in the following garages: 49th Street Stadium Garage, 43rd & Elkhorn Ave Garage, Constant Center 43rd Street Garage, and Constant Center 45th Street Garage. There is also a pay station located in the Visitor Lot (Lot 7) for cash or credit card payments. More information regarding visitor parking is available on the Parking and Transportation Services website.

Free game day parking is available for Saturday in the 43rd & Elkhorn Ave Garage, the Constant Center 43rd Street Garage, and Constant Center 45th Street Garage. We ask that guests please follow the posted signage.

You can pick up your football tickets from Student Transition & Family Programs at the Monarch Family Tailgate on Saturday, October 21.

Only those members of the Old Dominion Athletic Foundation with a proper vehicle pass will be allowed to park in surface lots to tailgate for the game. However, entrance to the Monarch Family Weekend Tailgate on Kaufman Mall is included with your registration. Tailgating in the parking garages is not permitted.

Be sure to check the weather forecast and dress accordingly. We recommend ODU spirit wear and comfortable walking shoes.

All sales are final. No refunds will be given.