In conjunction with partners across the University, Columbia Athletics announces the following policies and procedures for game day activities at the Baker Athletics Complex. We aim to provide a safe, fan-friendly environment for cheering on the Columbia Lions, and offer opportunities for picnicking, barbecuing and alumni-student interaction. Please see below for details.
Admission is FREE for all Columbia University and affiliate students with a valid CUID.
Getting to Baker Athletics Complex
Prior to every home football game, Columbia University Athletics will sponsor complimentary shuttle buses from the Columbia Morningside campus (Broadway and 116th Street) to and from the Baker Athletics Complex. For most games, buses will run starting 90 minutes prior to kickoff and return to campus immediately following the game. On Homecoming, buses will begin running even earlier.
East Side Fan Shuttle!
Columbia Athletics is proud to announce the addition of our complimentary east side shuttle bus to the Baker Athletics Complex! For every home football game, the east side shuttle bus will depart from the northeast corner of 3rd Avenue at 86th Street 90 minutes prior to kickoff. Our early homecoming departure time will be announced closer to the season. Buses will return to Lexington Avenue and 86th Street immediately following the game.
Our fans, friends, students, parents and alumni are also encouraged to take the 1 Train or the A Train to and from the Baker Athletics Complex. For detailed subway directions, including transfer and MTA shuttle bus information, click here. For additional information on MTA New York City Subway service, including planned and last-minute service interruptions, please visit http://travel.mtanyct.info/serviceadvisory/.
For those traveling by MTA New York City Bus, the M100, Bx20 and Bx7 stop near 218th Street and Broadway. For those arriving by MTA Metro North commuter rail, the Marble Hill station is located on the north shore of Spuyten Duyvil, just across the Broadway Bridge from the Baker Athletics Complex.
For driving directions, click here.
Preferred parking (see below) is available as a benefit only to those individuals making qualifying gifts to Columbia Football. Single-game parking is unavailable.
Area Parking: Fans arriving by vehicle without preferred parking passes will be directed to public parking facilities in the area. The public parking garages nearest to the Baker Athletics Complex are located at West 218th Street and 10th Avenue; between Isham and Post Avenue on 10th Avenue; 4055 Tenth Avenue; 4036 10th Avenue and 3976 10th Avenue. Please note: Columbia is not responsible for the services provided by the businesses at the above addresses.
Patrons Requiring Disability Access: Disabled patrons arriving in vehicles without parking passes may be dropped off at the wheelchair-accessible entrance to the Baker Athletics Complex on 218th Street and Park Terrace East. Courtesy carts are available to shuttle people with disabilities around the Baker Athletics Complex as needed.
Preferred Parking: Entry to preferred parking lots is limited to those holding preferred parking passes. All parking passes are subject to the Baker Athletics Complex Fans Code of Conduct (see below) and are revocable at the discretion of Columbia University Athletics.
Pedestrian Entry and Exit
All fans must enter and exit the Baker Athletics Complex through the Class of 1905 Gates (218th Street and Park Terrace West). All bags are subject to search. Alcoholic beverages, weapons and glass bottles may not be carried into the complex through the pedestrian entrance. Alcoholic beverages are prohibited in Lawrence A. Wien Stadium.
Baker Athletics Complex Alcohol Policy and Fan Code of Conduct
Columbia University and Columbia University Athletics promote responsible behavior by all individuals in attendance at athletic events held at the Baker Athletics Complex.
Alcoholic beverages, controlled substances and glass containers may not be carried in through the Baker Athletics Complex pedestrian entrance and are prohibited inside Lawrence A. Wien Stadium.
Alcoholic beverages may be consumed by fans 21 years of age and older only in designated areas: preferred parking lot B and the pre-game picnic area (as part of beverage service - see below). To ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for all of our patrons, we encourage all fans to drink responsibly. University proctors and Public Safety personnel will monitor the picnic and parking areas for underage and irresponsible drinking. Individuals who behave irresponsibly or who furnish alcohol to those under 21 years of age will be subject to ejection from the premises.
In order to provide a fan-friendly and safe experience for all fans, disorderly conduct and use of inappropriate, racist or sexist language is not permitted while at the Baker Athletics Complex, including Lawrence A. Wien Stadium. Weapons of all kinds are prohibited at the Baker Athletics Complex. All bags are subject to search.
NEW FAN EXPERIENCES FOR 2016:
Columbia Athletics is giving its fans many more reasons to come out to the stadium early and often. Here are some of the highlights of what fan can expect before and during each home game:
ROAR-EE’S FAN ZONE Roar-ee’s Fan Zone off ers a carnival atmosphere for fans of all ages.
NEW CONCESSIONS All menu items are priced at $3 or less.
Pre-game Picnic Area, presented by Mel's Burger Bar
Columbia Athletics and University Event Management will once again host a Pre-game Picnic Area, presented by Mel's Burger Bar at the Baker Athletics Complex before every home football game in 2015. The Pre-game Picnic Area features communal barbecue grills, picnic tables and complimentary beverage service stand serving water, soft drinks and beer. The concession stand will open ninety (90) minutes prior to kickoff and close thirty (30) minutes after kickoff. All beverages will be free of charge.
Beverage Service: Water, soft drinks and beer are available in the pre-game picnic area beginning 90 minutes prior to kickoff and ending 30 minutes after kickoff. Beer distribution and consumption in the Picnic Area will be monitored in accordance with University guidelines for Baker Athletics Complex. Wristbands will be issued to fans 21 years of age and older who wish to consume beer after showing valid photo identification with date of birth (Columbia students must also show valid student Columbia ID). Wristbands will enable patrons to order one beer at a time, up to a limit of two during the operating hours of the Picnic Area. All fans will be expected to act in a responsible manner in the Picnic Area as elsewhere at the Baker Athletics Complex.
Barbecuing: Complimentary barbecue grills will be provided for use in the Picnic Area. Fans are encouraged to bring food to Baker Athletics Complex and eat at the picnic tables provided.
Tickets and Access: Admission to the Picnic Area will be free for Columbia University and Barnard College students with valid Columbia Card and Barnard College ID. Game tickets or a student ID are required for admission to the Picnic Area for all other patrons.