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Calling all tailgating teams, let's party rugby-style!  BBVA Compass Stadium, an AEG Facilities venue, ( will host the inaugural Rugby Tailgating Contest in conjunction with the U.S. Men's National Team vs. Ireland test match on Saturday, June 8.

The contest, which is open to tailgating teams representing Team USA and Team Ireland, will take place in Lots B & C adjacent to BBVA Compass Stadium and is seeking the top tailgating team of the match.  Registered teams will be allowed to enter the parking area at 1:00pm and judging will take place at 4:00pm.

Tailgating for the USA vs. Ireland rugby match is only allowed in Lots B & C.

The winning team, which will be announced prior to gates opening for the rugby match, will receive: 10 VIP passes to the Budweiser Fan Fest tent (must be 21 years of age to enter the tent); a Kroger tailgating prize pack; USA Rugby prize pack; and will be recognized as the Tailgaters of the Game with an on-field trophy presentation at halftime.

Contest Rules: Each team must register online at  Teams must be registered by Friday, May 31, 2013.  Parking passes must be purchased in advance; parking for the tailgating contest will be on a first-come, first-served basis.  For details on proper tailgating set-up, please view the instructions and maps online at  Teams will be judged based on overall tailgating set-up and team spirit.  Tailgating set-up includes the overall theme and appearance of the tailgating area.  Team Ireland participants will set up in Lot B and Team USA participants will set up in Lot C.  Team Spirit includes signage, music, chants/songs and other enhancements to your area.  Traditional food and beverages are encouraged, however, there will not be a formal cook-off portion to the contest.  For more information or questions, please contact

Match Details:  The U.S. Men's National Rugby Team, The Eagles, will host Ireland at BBVA Compass Stadium on Saturday, June 8, as one of the only international matches being held in the U.S. this year.  Kick-off is at 7:30pm.  This match up offers rugby fans the opportunity to witness Ireland, a Tier 1 nation currently ranked 6th in the world, battle on American soil against The Eagles, who are currently ranked 16th.  The teams have previously faced off in 2009 and again in 2011 at the Rugby World Cup in New Zealand; both matches resulted in victory for Ireland.  The U.S. Men's National Team will be seeking a long-awaited win as they face off again in Houston.

Tickets for the USA Rugby Men's Eagles vs. Ireland test match are available starting at $20 online at, http://www.axs.comor by calling 888-929-7849.  Tickets are also available at the BBVA Compass Stadium Ticket Office, open Monday through Friday from 9:00am to 6:00pm.  Group tickets are available to groups of 10 or more by calling 713-547-3055.