Family Weekend 2017

Friday through Sunday, Nov. 3-5

Family Weekend is an annual event that brings together students, their families and friends for three days of unique UM experiences. 

This year, Family Weekend will take place Nov. 3-5. The Grizzly football team will play Northern Arizona on Saturday, Nov. 4. 

Click here to see a tentative schedule of events. Keep checking back for updates.

Family Weekend Tickets

This year, Family Weekend tickets will be sold online through the Office of Alumni Relations. They will go on sale at 10 a.m. Mountain time Wednesday, Sept. 6.
Families have three options for each participant they intend to register:

  • Pay a $5 registration fee for non-student participants, which provides access to all non-ticketed Family Weekend events.


  • Purchase a pregame lunch-only ticket for $16, which provides access to the Family Weekend pregame lunch event and all non-ticketed Family Weekend events.


  • Purchase a Family Weekend package ticket for $66, which includes:
    • a football game ticket to watch the Griz take on Northern Arizona
    • a Grizzly pregame lunch ticket
    • a SWAG bag including Griz spirit items
    • access to all non-ticketed Family Weekend events

You will receive the link and promo code needed to purchase tickets via Griz Family News e-newsletter on Tuesday, Sept. 5. Tickets are sold first-come, first-served and must be purchased online. It is possible to purchase tickets from a mobile device. Five hundred and fifty football package tickets are available for Family Weekend attendees this year.

The pregame lunch will feature spirited Grizzly game-day entertainment and a chance to hear from UM President Sheila Stearns; and the Griz spirit kit will include spirit items such as a Griz water bottle, maroon and silver pom poms, a magnetic photo frame, stickers and tattoos.

A small number of pregame lunch-only tickets will be available. These will cost $16 each and will be sold first come, first served on Sept. 6.

If you would like your student to attend the pregame lunch with you and sit with you in the Family Weekend section at the football game, you must purchase them a package ticketIf you do not intend to purchase them a ticket, they will automatically be registered for non-ticketed Family Weekend events at no cost.

Family Weekend Hotels

Several hotels offer families discounted rates in honor of Family Weekend. Three properties located within walking distance of campus are now booking for Family Weekend 2017:

The Comfort Inn: Families staying three nights or more can reserve standard king or double queen rooms for $129/night and families staying two nights can reserve standard king or double queen rooms for $139/night. Rates do not include the state occupancy tax or $2 TBID fee. Rates include a complimentary full, hot breakfast buffet.  Reservations can be made by calling 406-549-7600 and mentioning the UM Family Weekend rate. 

SOLD OUT: The Holiday Inn Downtown: The block rates are $124/night for Wednesday and Thursday, and $154/night for Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Reservations can be made online or by calling 406-721-8550 or 1-800-HOLIDAY. Note: The booking link is not mobile compatible.

City Center Motel: The Family Weekend room rates range from $99 to $119 per night based on room configuration. City Center Motel offers newly renovated modern rooms as well as classic rooms. To book call 406-543-3193 or email and mention the UM Family Weekend rate. 

Another property located near the Missoula International Airport also will offer UM families a discounted rate:

Stone Creek Lodge: Stay two nights and receive half off the third night’s stay. Every Stone Creek Lodge room comes with a half or full kitchen, a sleeper sofa, a free hot breakfast buffet and a free airport shuttle (just two minutes away). To book call 406-541-3600 and ask for the UM Family Weekend Package.

Questions? Call University Relations at 406-243-5478 or email

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to purchase a package ticket for my student?

Yes, if you want your student to sit with you at the football game and have a ticket for the pregame lunch. Student tickets only allow seating in the student section, and your student’s meal plan does not cover the pregame lunch.

Can my student attend the game if I don’t purchase a package ticket for him/her?

Yes. Student tickets to UM football games are free, and 4,000 will be available for the Family Weekend game. Student tickets for Family Weekend will be available online at Students will need to have activated their student ticket account in advance.

Can my student attend the pregame lunch if I don’t purchase a package ticket for him/her?

Yes. University Relations will sell a limited quantity of lunch-only tickets. Instructions for how to purchase those will be included in an August issue of Transcripts.  

If Family Weekend packages are sold out, can I still attend the football game?

Yes. When securing a student ticket for the Family Weekend game, your student may also buy one guest pass for $15. Guest passes are available only at, and 500 will be available for Family Weekend.

If Family Weekend packages are sold out, can I sign up on a waiting list?

Yes. Email with your name, desired quantity of package tickets, mailing address and phone number. If tickets come available, University Relations will contact you in October.

Can I get a refund for a package ticket that I’ve purchased?

No, but there will be a ticket swap board set up at Family Weekend registration where people can sell tickets to families who are looking to purchase them.

How do I receive my Family Weekend package tickets and/or badges?

You will pick up your access badges and/or package tickets during Family Weekend registration from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 3, on the third floor of the University Center. If you are not arriving until after 6 p.m. on Friday, please send your student to pick up your Family Weekend packet. If neither you nor your student can pick up your packet on Friday, ticket pickup will be available from 9 to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 4, outside of the pregame lunch held in the University Center Ballroom. After 11:30 a.m. all remaining tickets can be picked up at the Adams Center Box Office.

Are there accommodations for parents during Family Weekend?

There are not on-campus accommodations available for Family Weekend participants. However, blocks of rooms have been set up within walking distance of campus. Rates and contact information for the hotels is listed at To take advantage of the full slate of Family Weekend events, participants are encouraged to arrive in Missoula the evening of Thursday, Nov. 2.