Tailgating brings new tradition to the Braves
By Alan Chase
Assistant Circulation Manager
A new tradition is underway at UNCP this fall. Besides the prospect of a big football victory, students are preparing for tailgating.
With football games only days away, the Athletic Department, Office of Student Life, and Student Affairs have been busy distributing booklets detailing the rules and locations of tailgating events.
Tailgating activities will be held from 9:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. in Lot 24, Lot 14, and the Black and Gold Plaza, which is the UC lawn, according to Director of Student Life Robert “Coop” Cooper. Lot 14 and the Black and Gold plaza will be designated for students, while Lot 24 is for University donors, explained Director of Police and Public Safety McDuffie Cummings.
Cummings further explained that faculty row from Wellons Hall to the Campus Police Station would be blocked to vehicular traffic on game days.
Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Diane Jones said that an array of special entertainment is planned for tailgating including comedians, bands, talent shows and much more.
“We are complying with students’ requests for alcohol at tailgating and this is a privilege so we ask that everyone follow the rules and work with us to make this a good college experience,” said Dr. Jones.
People who leave the stadium during game time will not be permitted to reenter the stadium.
Only students 21 or older and wearing an identifying bracelet will be permitted to drink, said Cummings.
Cummings also warned that the possession of an open container outside designated tailgating areas will result in a campus citation or a state citation if the offense occurs within the Lumbee Guaranty Bank complex.
“We are excited about tailgating and hope people will come out and support the team and boost school spirit,” said Cooper.
During tailgating, students will be permitted to bring both gas and charcoal grills, malt beverages and unfortified wine, and plastic cups for beverages, according to a booklet distributed to students.
Office of Student Affairs, and campus police will encourage you to leave 30 minutes before kickoff. No tailgating will be permitted during game time. The booklet also lists book bags, artificial noisemakers, weapons, laser pointers, coolers, and glass bottles as prohibited items.
Everybody is expected to clean up and dispose of all trash and other debris. There will be trash cans located around the parking lot to dispose of trash. UNCP physical plant will have periodic trash pickup during tailgating.
For handicapped parking, you will be directed to lot 24. You can also drop a patron off and park in another location.
Dr. Jones further stated that tailgating activities will be accessible to students with disabilities, the community and alumni.
“We want to create a festive atmosphere with new and diverse activities each time,” Dr. Jones said.
As of Aug. 22, all reserved seat season ticket packages have been sold out and less than 30 general admission season ticket packages remain for the 2007 football season. There were a few single game tickets available.