Family Weekend FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

Email or call 270.809.6831 or 270.809.2274 with additional questions. See you in soon!

When is Family Weekend 2023?

Family Weekend is September 29-30 and October 1, 2023. This is a great time to visit campus to see your student’s college home! Many fun events are planned for the weekend so your family can have a great time together and learn more about Murray State University.

Where can I find the schedule of events?

VIEW it on the web or Download a schedule:

At-a-Glance Schedule

Detailed Event Schedule

What is the cost for Family Weekend?

Below are ticket costs for lunch, Fall Fanfare and football. Other activities are free or have a ticket cost.  View the schedule for details.

Lunch Tickets:

Online registration for lunch tickets and Fall Fanfare tickets is closed.

Fall Fanfare:

Online registration for lunch tickets and Fall Fanfare tickets is closed.  Tickets for Fall Fanfare may be purchased at the door. See below.

Fall Fanfare Tickets – At the Door


Family Package not available at the door

Football Tickets: 

$7/adult ticket

Free: Kids through College aged students

Free: Murray State students (Racer Card ID required)

(Note: Football tickets purchased independently of Family Weekend cost $15/adult. Tickets can be purchased by calling the Murray State Ticket Office at 270.809.3000 or visiting Ticket Master.)

When can I register my family for Family Weekend?

Online registration for lunch tickets and Fall Fanfare tickets is closed. Online registration for football tickets through the Family Weekend site is now closed.

JOIN US! You may still enjoy all complimentary activities at Family Weekend, including the Racer Journey and more.  View the schedule to see all the great events that await you!

You may still purchase Fall Fanfare tickets at the door prior to the event start.

Football tickets may be purchased through or calling 270.809.3000.

What events can my student attend?

Your student is encouraged to attend all events with you during Family Weekend.

Can we bring grandparents and other relatives to Family Weekend?

Yes, all family members are welcome.

What if I have more than one student attending the University?

You can include all of your students in one family registration. Keep in mind that students get in free to lunch and to the football game with their Racer Card ID.

What if I need to make changes to my registration after I have already submitted and paid?

Please email if you need to make adjustments to your registration

What if I miss the deadline to register online?

You can attend most of the events; however the lunch is only available to pre-registered guests. You can purchase football tickets by contacting the MSU ticket office at 270.809.3000. Football tickets purchased outside the Family Weekend package are $15/ticket/adult. Many events are free and some you can pay for at the door. Please see the schedule for details. Please register before September 26.

Welcome Bag and Passport Pick-up

Staff will be available on Friday, September 29, from 11 am to 1 pm in front of Waterfield Library and on Saturday, September 30, from 7:30-10:00 am in the Quad for families to pick up their welcome bag and Racer Journey Passport.  (One bag and passport per family.)

If I didn't purchase lunch tickets, can I still get a passport and bag?

While supplies last, families who did not purchase lunch tickets may pick up a passport and bag. (One passport and bag per family.)

Do I need to register for the Racer Journey?

No, the Racer Journey is free and open to all who wish to participate.

Do I receive tickets for lunch?

No paper tickets are provided for lunch. Your Family Weekend welcome bag and Racer Journey Passport will allow you to enter the family lunch.

Do I receive tickets for Fanfare?

No paper tickets are provided for Fanfare. 

Where do I pick-up football tickets? 

Football tickets purchased through the Family Weekend / Athletics online site will be e-tickets. If you need to purchase tickets on-site, go to Gate 3, 4, or 6 prior to the game. Gates will open 90 minutes prior to kickoff at 4:30.

What's on the lunch menu?

Lunch includes the following:

- Sandwich wraps

- Pasta salad

- Assorted chips

- Assorted prepackaged desserts

- Assorted can soda and bottled water

Curris Center or Winslow Dining Hall will serve as a back-up location in case of inclement weather.

Should I bring my own lawn chairs for the Saturday lunch?

You are welcome to bring your own lawn chairs, blankets, small tents for shade, etc. The University Bookstore (located in the Curris Center) will also have lawn chairs, blankets, and seat cushions available for purchase. There will be a limited number of tables, folding chairs, and tents available during the lunch. Please note that Murray State is not responsible for any lost personal items.

Can you guarantee good weather for Family Weekend?

We wish we could! We are hoping for a sunny day with temperatures in the 70’s or 80’s but please come prepared for rain, very cool temperatures, or very warm temperatures.

Can I sit with my student during the Murray State football game?

Yes! All individual game ticket sales will be general admission, in which families and students can sit together anywhere in the bleacher seating throughout the stadium outside of the reserved chairs. The reserved chair backs are sold strictly on a season ticket basis.

Can I bring my RV to the game?

Please view the Racer Game Day Guide for further information on RV parking. If you don't find what you are looking for, please email for further assistance.

Is tailgating allowed at the game?

Please view the Racer Game Day Guide for further information on tailgating. If you don't find what you are looking for, please email for further assistance.

Do I need to register my vehicle to park on campus?

Yes, if you will be joining us for Family Weekend, please access the Family Weekend Parking Registration to register your vehicle. If you have questions about parking, please contact our Parking Services office at 270.809.4812 or visit their website at

Where can I park during Family Weekend?

Access the parking zone map with the link below and other parking information. Parking Map  

Please observe and respect reserved spaces for handicap parking, special staff (i.e. Resident Directors), university vehicles and emergency vehicles.

Where can I find a campus map?

The campus map is also available online. A map will also be included in your welcome bag.

Is housing provided for Family Weekend guests?

No, you will be responsible for your own housing. View area accommodations. You are encouraged to look for housing accommodations in the surrounding area: Benton; Draffenville; Paducah, Mayfield, Land Between the Lakes (KenLake; Grand Rivers); VRBO,: Paris, TN.

How do I register for the Racer 5K?

Please visit the Racer5k website to view more information and to register. The 5K is on Saturday, September 30 at 8 a.m. Check-in at 7:15 a.m.; Race begins at 8 a.m. In-person registration the day of the race is possible.

Is Murray State a tobacco free campus?

Yes, Murray State is a tobacco-free campus. View the Murray State Tobacco Policy. The use of all tobacco products is prohibited on all property that is owned, operated, leased, occupied, or controlled by the University.

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