FAQ | Back to Bates: Alumni Big Game Saturday

We will continue to update this page as we collect more information and answers to your questions. Please contact alumni@bates.edu with further questions.


Who can register for Back to Bates: Alumni Big Game Day?

All alumni and their families are welcome to attend Back to Bates: Alumni Big Game Day. For current families of students, please enjoy Back to Bates: Family Weekend on September 30 – October 1. 

Please note: you must agree to follow local COVID guidelines in effect on the day of the event, as well as the campus visitor protocols in effect on the day of the event.  

Do I have to register, or can I make a last-minute decision to attend?

We do ask alumni to register in advance, as some elements of the weekend have capacity limits and will require tickets. This also helps us maintain the health of the campus community 

Will there be special Back to Bates: Alumni Big Game Day health protocols for guests?

By registering for Back to Bates: Alumni Big Game Day, you agree to the following health protocols:

  • I agree that I will follow local COVID guidelines in effect on the day of the event. 
  • I agree that I will follow the campus visitor protocols in effect on the day of the event. Current visitor protocols require that to attend indoor events, visitors must be fully vaccinated and boosted for COVID-19, or have a negative COVID-19 test result within the previous 48 hours.
  • I agree that if changes are made to campus visitor protocols between the date of my registration and the date of the event — including any changes to the current mask-optional status of campus — I will abide by those protocols in place on the day of the event.

Do I have to register ahead of time for BrewFestGrill?

Due to campus health and safety protocols, there is a capacity limit in place for the BrewFestGrill, and we expect that this popular part of Back to Bates: Alumni Big Game Day will sell out. Therefore, advanced registration is required to secure your spot. 

Due to these capacity limitations, attendance at the BrewFestGrill this year is limited to guests over the age of 21. 

We welcome children to join their parents at all other Big Game Day events and to enjoy our beautiful campus.

What is the schedule for Back to Bates: Alumni Big Game Day?

What is the refund policy for this event?

Tickets will be refunded for cancellations made prior to Monday, October 10. You can email us at alumni@bates.edu to request your refund before the deadline.


Where should I go first when I arrive?

Please make the Welcome Center in Commons your first stop! Here you will find your name tag, tickets, enter the free raffle and grab your Back to Bates schedule. The Welcome Center will be open from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.

Where should I park?

You may park in any legal spot on campus or nearby public streets. The largest campus lot is located between Underhill Arena and the Russell Street Track (enter from Russell Street). Please respect handicapped parking signs.

What are our dining & entertainment options?

As you think about meals, please be aware that for this year, alumni will not be able to eat in Commons, the Den is closed for ongoing renovations, and we will not offer the Harvest Dinner.

We have pulled together a list of places off-campus for dining and activities to check out while you are in the area.

Where can I find local accommodations?

A list of local hotels, motels, and inns can be found on our travel and accommodations page.

Will the college store be open during Back to Bates: Alumni Big Game Saturday?

Yes! The Bates College Store will be open from 8am to 4pm on Saturday, Oct. 15. 

Will the Bates Museum be open during Back to Bates: Alumni Big Game Saturday?

Yes! The Bates Museum has reopened to visitors and will be open 10am to 5pm on Saturday, Oct. 15. Information on the Museum’s current exhibits can be found on the website.

Where can I find information about getting to Bates?

You can get here by plane, train, bus or car! Find more information on our directions page!

Can I bring my dog to campus?

Your pet is welcome outdoors on the campus grounds as long as it is leashed. Unfortunately, with the exception of certified service animals, pets are not allowed at dining events or indoors. Please read the full policy here.

What should I wear?

Relaxed! Pack your bag with comfortable clothes. Be sure to check the weather in the days prior to the weekend to adequately pack for rain, heat, cold, etc.

How do I address my accessibility needs?

Our goal is to ensure that Back to Bates weekend is an inclusive experience for all. If you anticipate a barrier on campus or within any of the programming, please contact Christine Schwartz at cschwart@bates.edu. To ensure that we are able to implement any accommodations in a timely manner, please reach out to us by Friday, September 21.

How can I address my dietary allergies?

Bates Dining labels food served for the following common allergens (nuts, dairy, egg, pork, fish, shellfish, vegan, coconut, gluten-friendly, soy). However, it is important to note that manufacturers may change the formulation of foods without our knowledge. Additionally, because food is prepared in a commercial kitchen and presented in a self-service environment, there is a possibility of cross-contact with allergens. Customers concerned about food ingredients should be aware of these risks and be proactive about their food choices. While it is ultimately the responsibility of the customer to decide whether or not to eat certain foods, we encourage you to direct specific questions to the chef on duty at the station or a manager.

If you have food-related allergy concerns we also strongly encourage you to contact Cheryl Lacey, Director of Dining, to discuss your needs.

Is there WiFi access available?

While on campus this weekend, please feel welcome to use the kiosks in Ladd Library to access the Internet. Wireless Internet access is available from all residence hall rooms, Pettengill Hall, Commons, Dunn Guest House, and Ladd Library.

To access WiFi:

  1. Using your devices’ wireless capabilities, connect to the “Bates Open” network.
  2. Open any browser — the Guest Registration page will appear.
  3. Enter your name and email address.
  4. Check the Terms of Use box.
  5. Click the Submit button.
  6. After a 20 second registration process, you will see a Guest Registration Receipt with your guest credentials.
  7. Click the Login button on the receipt. You will be redirected to bates.edu.
  8. You are now online for 48 hours!

How do I contact campus safety?

Campus Security: 207-786-6254

Emergency Only: 207-786-6111 (dial 6111 if using an on-campus phone.)

How do I contact campus health services?

St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center and Central Maine Medical Center are within a mile of campus if you need medical attention. Please call Bates Security (6254 from a campus phone, other­wise 207-786-6254) if you need a ride or other assistance.

Is there a lost and found?

Inquiries about articles lost on campus may be made at the Welcome Center until 4 p.m. on Saturday and thereafter at Bates Security, 245 College Street. On Monday, all unclaimed articles will be taken to the Office of Alumni and Family Engagement. Bates College and the Office of Alumni and Family Engagement are not responsible for lost or stolen items.

What are the smoking regulations on campus?

Smoking, the burning of any type of pipe, cigar, cigarette, or similar product, and chewing tobacco is prohibited in all campus buildings, including residence halls. This policy also includes, but is not limited to battery-powered e-cigarettes, vaporizers, vape pens, atomizers, and electronic nicotine delivery systems. Smoking is prohibited within 50 feet, approximately 20 paces, of all campus facilities, including residence halls and athletics grounds.

Additional questions?

We’re here to help! Contact us at alumni@bates.edu or 888-522-8371