ASU's new football tailgating restrictions: No kegs - KCTV5

ASU's new football tailgating restrictions: No kegs

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TEMPE, AZ (CBS5) -

Kegs will no longer be allowed in tailgating parking lots at Arizona State University's Sun Devil Stadium.

ASU and ASU Athletics announced the new tailgating restrictions and requirements they said would enhance public safety before and during Sun Devil Football games.

They should also improve the experience for students and residents in surrounding communities and Sun Devil Nation, ASU said in a news release Thursday.

ASU aligns itself with Northern Arizona and the University of Arizona by prohibiting the use of kegs in designated tailgate parking lots surrounding Sun Devil Stadium.

Citing safety concerns, "ASU and Sun Devil Athletics also will not permit the use of apparatuses or engaging in activities that encourage reckless consumption of alcoholic beverages, including but not limited to the use of beer bongs and participating in drinking games," according to the release.

"I honestly think out of everything that is essential to the tailgating experience, the keg isn't the necessity. It's the people. It's the experience. It's the food and the fun, and there are a lot of other ways to indulge in that," said Maggie Emmons an ASU Spokesperson.

CBS 5 spoke to multiple students who disagreed with the new rules.

"I don't think (having kegs) should be a restriction, because we are here to have fun, not just to watch the game," said student Efe Muhsin.

ASU, the Tempe Police Department and law enforcement agencies from around the Valley will enforce the amended tailgate restrictions and requirements, according to the release. However, Tempe Police said it is not illegal for someone 21 or older to drink from a keg. However, since the rules apply to ASU property, university officials can ask fans disobeying them to leave.

The newly adopted tailgating practices were recommended by the Statewide Student Safety Task Force to the Arizona Board of Regents.

The Task Force was established by the Regents in the fall of 2013 to promote the safety of students both on and off campus, and to "seek best practices to support and encourage student safety and new ways to promote healthy behaviors and activities for students," according to the release.

"The tailgating recommendations are based on the cooperative relationship between ASU and the city of Tempe, including our shared goals for the well-being of our community," said Jim Rund, senior vice president for Educational Outreach and Student Services. "We believe these changes will enhance the game day experience and ensure a higher standard of safety."

Ray Anderson, vice president for University Athletics, said that while tailgating is a great football tradition, "We are encouraging our fans and visitors to act responsibly on game day. There is a lot of fun to be had at a Sun Devil football game, especially on the field."

Arizona State University and Sun Devil Athletics allow tailgating in season-ticket holder lots five hours prior to kick off, with all other university lots open 3 1/2 hours prior to kick off.

For the full list of Arizona State and Sun Devil Athletics' tailgate procedures, visit thesundevils.com/parkingcentral.

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