Administration establishes new tailgating policy
Campus Life has announced changes to the homecoming tailgate policy that will prevent students and guests from bringing cars to the student lot adjacent to Johnny Unitas Stadium.
Alcohol is also prohibited, except for a University-sponsored beer truck.
Those 21 and older can purchase up to three 16-ounce beers at $3 each.
The tailgating policies for other games are unchanged, except that only one DJ will be allowed on the lots per game.
Associate Vice President for Campus Life Teri Hall said that these policies are in place because of negative student feedback about the tailgating environment, but also that fraternities and sororities were operating in a way that campus life never usually allows.
“Fraternities couldn’t ever have alcohol without a guest list and a closed environment, and they had to follow all these rules, and when they come up for homecoming, all those rules are pretty much thrown out the window,” she said.
Sophomore Allison Zentgraf said she thinks these new policies will impact the culture of homecoming.
“I just think a big part of homecoming is tailgating, but the fact that they’re taking it away, I don’t think as many people are going to come to the game,” she said. “And if they do, they’re not going to have as much fun.”
Hall said that Towson does not represent the traditional tailgate culture.
“As a person who has tailgated on many different campuses, our tailgating culture is not what it is other campuses,” she said. “Tailgating on other campuses involves grills, cooking, all this other stuff. Tailgating for some of our students here is how drunk can you get in a parking lot before a game.”
The University, however, will be providing free food, including wings, sloppy joes, veggie burgers and soda.
“Our hope is that this will bring the right people there, those who want to drink can drink, it will be controlled, it will be a very different kind of environment. That’s what we’re hoping for,” Hall said.