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Thursday March 18, 2010

Call it overkill, but UGA is pushing back against the tailgating problems on North Campus. New rules put into place for the 2010 season will all but eliminate tailgating on North Campus:

  • Tailgating on North Campus will be allowed beginning four (4) hours before kickoff.
  • The following items will not be allowed on North Campus on gamedays:
    • Tents
    • Kegs
    • Generators
    • Televisions
    • Amplified music
    • Grills or cookers of any type
    • Tables larger than 4 ft. long
    • Household furniture (folding chairs not included)

What’s considered “North Campus?” This area:

North Campus is defined as the area bounded by Broad Street, Lumpkin Street, Baldwin Street and Jackson Street (including, but not limited to, the quadrangle between Broad Street and Old College, the quadrangle between Old College and the Main Library, and Herty Field).

But it’s not just North Campus affected by new rules for 2010. These following changes will apply to “all parking areas” controlled by UGA:

  • No pull-behind items (trailers, cookers, etc.)
  • No golf carts or ATVs
  • No parking on sidewalks (expanded to include Carlton St.)
  • The ban on setting up tailgates (tents, tables, etc.) in parking spaces will be reemphasized, to include those areas controlled by the Athletic Association.

With so much of tailgating already pushed to the periphery of campus due to the Athletic Association, these additional changes will only serve to push people further off campus. Downtown can’t handle the crush of people. It’s not as if people are going to start waiting until 4 hours before kickoff to come to Athens – traffic won’t allow it. The one thing helping congestion prior to games was that arrival could be spaced out across the day, especially for later kickoffs. Compressing that down to a few hours will push people off campus and onto the streets which will not be able to handle the overflow.

We’ve maintained that many problems could have been avoided with stricter enforcement of existing laws (underage possession and littering chief among them), but it sounds as if the University has gone with the nuclear option here. You can’t say we weren’t warned…North Campus tailgaters have been urged to clean up their act for several years now. I’m glad we tailgate off-campus, but it looks as if we’ll have a lot more company soon.

6 Responses to 'The end of tailgating on North Campus?'

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  • Not surprised at all. This is classic Michael Adams. And with the increasingly large budget cuts looming with an economy that will not recover any time soon, he has the perfect excuse in saying “cleaning up your shit isn’t the University’s problem.”

    One thing is certain, and alum of UGA know it, this is just Dr. Adams’ first move. It can and will get worse unless fans decide to finally ACT LIKE GROWN UPS AND RESPECT CAMPUS.

  • Terrible restrictions! North Campus is gonna be dead. What are the powers-that-be doing?

  • I like the move. A bunch of student volunteered to orient tailgaters about the trash problems and all that. But of course the bunch of pseudo-fans never listened and the problem was never solved. It sucks for the few that actually did things right to pay for the bunch of pricks.

  • F Michael Adams and f this massive overreaction. We better become a basketball school real quick because at this rate we won’t be a football school much longer.

  • How much longer are the red and black faithful going to continue to tolerate Adams? Why not concentrate on those creating the problems? I’m sure the Campus Police could use the additional funding…after all it would give them a real excuse to take people to their facility.

    I guess those with the BIG BUCKS are much more important than a bunch of Dawg Faithful having a good time.

  • Good job, Adams

    Our fans are an absolute joke cleaning up

    If you want this re-opened, CLEAN UP YOUR OWN TRASH. STOP RUINING OUR CAMPUS

    We did this to ourselves