Alumni, students share Lot 14
Alumni, faculty, family and friends will be able to park their cars in Lot 14 for tailgating along with students, unlike before.
The athletic parking lot, Lot 14, was previously a student-only lot but now will be mixed use, allowing others to park and tailgate as well, Associate Vice President of Campus Life Teri Hall said. This is an effort to better student-alumni relations.
Previously students also had to show an ID to get into the lots, but that will no longer happen, Hall said. The orange snow fencing that used to prevent students from walking in will no longer be used.
Hall said the area will remain consistent through the season as a mixed-use lot.
Sophomore Danielle Russell said this will help include her friends and family in attending football games.
“I have family members that want to go to the game and I know a lot of friends that don’t go to Towson University,” Russell said. “For them to tailgate here too would be a good idea.”
In the past, the parking lot was used for special programming that included food, music and giveaways. The goal was to encourage the students who were tailgating to also go to the game. There won’t be special programming at the events anymore, such as the SGA tent handing out food.
“We don’t need to do that anymore,” Hall said. “We have students wanting to go to the game regardless of what happens at tailgating. We are becoming like campuses across the country.”
Lot 21 will remain an alumni only tailgating lot that opens at 3 p.m. and spots are assigned on a first come, first served, pre-paid basis. Lot 14 will be served to anyone who wants to participate on a first come, first served basis starting at 4 p.m., Jenna Mills, the alumni athletic coordinator, said in an email to alumni.
“Due to construction on campus and lack of surface parking lots (i.e. tailgating lots), we are making an effort to include as many alumni groups in homecoming tailgating festivities,” the email read.
Students have wanted the opportunity, especially at Homecoming, to tailgate like other campuses, Hall said.
“We are trusting students to be appropriate,” she said. “They’ve shown that they can do that at any other game, so why can’t they do that Homecoming, too?”
It’s on the students to show that they can be responsible adults on this lot, Hall said.
Another change is the price for alumni tickets. Last year it was $60 for five spaces in the alumni lot and $120 for 10 spaces, and game tickets were included in those prices, Associate Vice President to Alumni Relations Lori Armstrong said. This year it costs $50 for five spaces and no one is permitted to buy 10 spots due to lack of spaces.
Also administration is requiring that alumni have pre-purchased tickets. Armstrong said that alumni will be allowed to purchase tickets at the Auburn House Pavillion in the alumni hospitality area for $8 on the day of the game.
The rules for tailgating remain the same. Those over the age of 21 are allowed to bring one six pack of beer and no more than 24 ounces of wine, according to the Tailgating Policy and Procedures. Hard liquor, spirits and drinking paraphernalia are prohibited.
Senior Mariah Alber thinks that this will help Towson University become a stronger community.
“It’s like an incentive for alumni to come back,” Alber said. “Once you go to Towson, you stay with Towson.”