Family Weekend 2016

Friday through Sunday, Oct. 14-16

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 Oct. 14-16. The Grizzly football team will play Sacramento State on Saturday, Oct. 15.

We have many events planned for Family Weekend 2016. View the full schedule here.

Family Weekend Tickets

Family Weekend 2016 package tickets and breakfast-only tickets have sold out. 

Participants can still register for non-ticketed Family Weekend events, including a football-game viewing party in the UC Theater. Click here to see all the events we have scheduled for you!

Single-game tickets for Griz vs. Sacramento State are still available for purchase on GrizTix.com or by calling 406-243-4051.These tickets may not be located in the Family Weekend seating section and do not include the pregame breakfast ticket.

To be placed on a waiting list for Family Weekend package tickets, email the number of tickets you would like, your student’s name, your name and a contact phone number to andrea.lewis@umontana.edu

Questions? Call University Relations at 406-243-2522 or email andrea.lewis@umontana.edu.

Register for Family Weekend

If you purchased Family Weekend package tickets you will automatically be registered for Family Weekend. Online registration for the free Family Weekend events has closed. If you would like to attend our free Family Weekend events, email Emily Etchart at emily.etchart@umontana.edu. Families can also register for the free events at Registration from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 14, or from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 15. Registration is located in the Grand Foyer on the third floor of the University Center.  

Hotels

To take full advantage of Family Weekend events, participants are encouraged to arrive in Missoula the evening of Thursday, Oct. 13.

Two hotel room blocks have been set up at properties located on the banks of the Clark Fork River and within walking distance of campus and one has been set up at a property in a location closer to the airport:

The Holiday Inn Downtown: THIS BLOCK IS NOW FULL. The block rates are $109/night for Thursday and Sunday, and $123/night for Friday and Saturday. Reservations can be made online or by calling 406-721-8550 or 1-800-HOLIDAY. Note: The booking link is not mobile compatible.

The Comfort Inn: Families staying three nights or more can reserve standard king or double queen rooms for $149/night and families staying two nights can reserve standard king or double queen rooms for $159/night. Rates do not include a 7 percent occupancy tax or $2 TBID fee. Suites are available, but are not eligible for discounts or special offers. Reservations can be made by calling 406-549-7600 and mentioning the UM Family Weekend rate.

Marriott Courtyard Missoula: The block rate is $149/night Thursday through Monday. The rate must be booked by Oct. 10, 2016. Reservations can be made online or by calling 406-549-5260 and mentioning the UM Family rate. This location offers a complimentary airport shuttle service upon request.

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 breakfast. Student tickets only allow seating in the student section, and your student’s meal plan does not cover the pregame breakfast.

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 at 7:45 a.m. Monday, Oct. 10, at The Source in the University Center. Tickets usually go fast, so your student will want to get in line early.

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

Yes. University Relations will sell a limited quantity of breakfast-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 $10. Guest passes are available only at The Source, and 400 will be available for Family Weekend.

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

Yes. Email andrea.lewis@umontana.edu with your name, desired quantity of package tickets, mailing address and phone number. If tickets come available, the GrizTix office will contact you in October.

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

If your package ticket can be resold to someone on the waiting list, the GrizTix office will accommodate a refund before Friday, Sept. 23. Please contact the GrizTix office directly at 406-243-4051 or 888-MONTANA to inquire if a refund is possible. There also 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, Oct. 14, 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, Oct. 15, outside of the pregame breakfast 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, two blocks of rooms have been set up at properties located on the Clark Fork River and within walking distance of campus. Rates and contact information for the hotels is listed at www.umt.edu/familyweekend. To take advantage of the full slate of Family Weekend events, participants are encouraged to arrive in Missoula the evening of Thursday, Oct. 13.