TOWSON, Md. (WJZ) — A game-time decision from Towson University to let students continue tailgating at football games. Earlier this week, the school threatened to ban the tradition entirely. That didn’t go over so well.
Rick Ritter explains now they say they’ll allow it, but with new, strict restrictions.
School officials are cracking down harder than ever. Saturday’s behavior at Towson University could dictate the future of student tailgating.
Excessive alcohol and out of control partying, both mixed with a sea of commotion. It’s a chaotic combination that has some university officials on edge.
“More and more people into the mix and more alcohol into the mix, it just creates an environment where bad things can happen,” said Ray Feldman, director of communications, Towson University.
After considering a potential ban of student tailgating, Towson University has decided to hold off–for now. Instead, new rules are now in place, effective immediately.
“It’s upsetting because it’s part of the college culture,” said Brandon Slade, Towson junior.
From now on, any student who wants to park their car in the stadium lot and tailgate must complete a class to obtain a permit. No permit means no car on the lot.
“You got students in the back of the pickup truck, dancing, jumping up and down,” Feldman said.
Other restrictions include no open containers on the lot or inside football games, a six pack of beer limit for anyone 21 or older, all students must have a valid ID to confirm their age and the university will start checking backpacks and cars.
“We’re trying to create a football tailgating environment,” said Feldman.
“People also like to come for the tailgating stuff. So, if they can’t do what they want to do, then people definitely won’t show up,” said Matthew Broadwater
University officials say it’s a privilege they will be forced to take away if students don’t come around.
“It’s very possible that we could make a suspension for the rest of the season,” Feldman said.
Towson has at least four more home games left this season, including one Saturday night. University officials say they will meet again early next week to see if any further action needs to be taken.
For a full list of Towson University’s new student tailgating rules, click here.
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