Did you hear about the ruckus going on at Auburn over the university partnering with a private company to charge for tailgating access to a new campus green space adjacent to Jordan-Hare Stadium?
The company, called Tailgate Guys, will charge from $222 per game ($1,775 total) to $535 per game ($4,275 total) for the full season for what an Auburn official called a “stress-free” tailgating experience in which tents, tables and chairs are set up and taken down for you. Tailgating for individual games is available for $300 to $1,250. Those signing up also have the option of ordering coolers filled with ice, paper products and utensils and full-service catering.
The move has prompted some Tiger fans to holler something other than “War Eagle!” on message boards and blogs, with AL.com reporting nearly 6,000 fans have joined a Facebook page devoted to keeping the school’s tailgating areas free of charge. Fans fear that eventually other areas of campus will require a fee for tailgating as well.
Alabama started charging for some tailgating spots last season and Auburn says similar programs are in place at other SEC schools, including Ole Miss and Mississippi State.
So far, UGA hasn’t scrambled aboard this bandwagon, but you’ve got to wonder how long before the numbers crunchers at Butts-Mehre decide such a plan would be a good way to pay for some of that postgame cleanup. Can UGA pass up the temptation to charge for those prime tailgating spots in front of the UGA Library on North Campus?
So our question today is whether you’d be willing to pay for tailgating on campus, even if it was just a limited area, or do you hate the whole idea? Feel free to comment, vote in the poll or both.