What do you think of paying to tailgate?

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.

What do you think of schools charging for campus tailgating?

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The pay-tailgate plan is limited to one area of the campus that was a construction site for the past two years and before that a parking lot. Auburn and Tailgate Guys have a revenue-sharing agreement, but the school maintains it’s not about the money (oh, of course not) as much as wanting to protect the park-like green space. Tailgating on the rest of the campus will remain free, Auburn says.

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.

138 comments Add your comment

TommyP

July 29th, 2009
7:11 am

There HAS to be a market for this or else they wouldn’t be doing it (at such an expensive price).

I’ll never pay to tailgate. But that’s me.

Cuz

July 29th, 2009
7:31 am

Pay for parking, I understand. I do that at my house during Masters. I got killed this year because of the recession and the National having their own parking. With that experience, I say no. It is the camel’s nose under the tent. I wanted Tech fans to be able to understand. Once Pay-For-Tail becomes reality, thanks I just made that up. Next will come pay for entering North Campus during game day. Pay for going to the bathrooms or getting a drink of water. Pay for the handicapped access lots at the stadium, whoops they beat me to that one. This is just another way to institute class, or classless, warfare. Those that have it will pay, others will stay at home and watch the new SEC package. Just go ahead and take away as much fun as you can. They already made it Mission Impossible to have a drink at the WLOCP.

Two words, “IT STINKS”.

saint simons

July 29th, 2009
7:41 am

((((( 45 42 ))))) hahahahahahahahahahaha

Gen Neyland

July 29th, 2009
7:56 am

Stretch limos for recruiting purposes, now this. Who’s doing the thinking for Auburn, Barnum or Bailey..?

Cuz

July 29th, 2009
8:02 am

The Jackets ought to change their name to the Locusts. They only come out of the ground every seven years.
o o
L
( ) hahahahahahahahaha!

Ali Akbar Allah

July 29th, 2009
8:05 am

But the locusts sure did kick your butt last year. What will you call us after this year’s Tech victory?

Too Easy

July 29th, 2009
8:05 am

The school has taken so much parking from around Sanford that I’m not sure there is enough space left for it anyway. If they do get around to it, it’ll be more expensive than Auburn’s. Supply and demand, you know. Doesn’t make me wish I could take marta to a game, though. You could pay with your life for that.

athensdawg

July 29th, 2009
8:13 am

advertise it on espn and sports radio…heck, have a broadcast from there, and the zombies will be lined up, foaming at the mouth with dollar bills in hand……maybe even matt stafford could show up and sign autographs!

Cuz

July 29th, 2009
8:13 am

Nerds, dorks, terrorists, same as always.

J J Gunns

July 29th, 2009
8:13 am

That’s easy, Ali… The team with a 1-8 record against the Dogs!

Cuz

July 29th, 2009
8:17 am

I know it is hard for the Locusts to grasp the concept of a three point win, or any win in our series for that matter. In the few years where your team actually showed up and we won by ten points or less, I in my football wisdom, never called it a butt kicking. Now 38-3, a 35 point spread. That is a butt kicking. How do you like them apples towel head?

Class of '98

July 29th, 2009
8:21 am

It’s funny, no matter what the blog is about, it always devolves into a Tech-UGA pi$$ing contest. It’s getting kind of lame, guys.

Anyway, I’ll never pay a dime to tailgate. If others choose to, hey it’s called capitalism. Supply and demand is a beautiful thing.

god and greyhound

July 29th, 2009
8:28 am

hey bill, how about another story on cox and all the true freshmen are really going to kick some butt this year? Heck, they might even beat vandy without needing some lucky fluke play at the end!

saint augustine

July 29th, 2009
8:28 am

((( 49 10 ))) hahahahahahahahahahaha

Hungry Dawg

July 29th, 2009
8:29 am

The loss to UF last year was a butt kicking, but the 45-42 loss to Tech was just the embarrassment of losing to an inferior team as LSU (Whose butt we kicked) proved in Atlanta. Get a sense of perspective!

m for gt fan blogger

July 29th, 2009
8:29 am

please email the ajc and let them know you’d like m to be the new gt fan blogger.

phil

July 29th, 2009
8:35 am

I don’t know at what point the college football fan will through say “Enough!” I understand protecting the campus, but tailgating has been around a long time and the greenspaces survived before all these rules. The experience is being sanitized. Ole Miss has it right on the Grove – first come first served, make your own deal with a set up crew if necessary, enjoy the party. UGA could create a Grove atmosphere on North Campus and around the stadium, but the highest contributors can “wine and cheese” it and leave the lesser lights on the perifery. Yeah, I miss the tracks and other lost traditions!

dawgfanatic24-7

July 29th, 2009
8:40 am

Tickets are already over priced. If you get dinged to tailgate then people will quit going to games. Uga will end up like tech and will have to offer a free tv with the purchase of season tickets.

RAMBLE ON!!!

July 29th, 2009
8:41 am

Come on Cuz, terrorist?

JayRoot

July 29th, 2009
8:44 am

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I think you’re insane!!!
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SimpleDawg

July 29th, 2009
8:44 am

We already pay for tailgating…..it’s called a Parking Pass.

I remember when you could park for free all over campus and tailgate or do whatever you wish….ahhh, the good ol’ days.

Mac

July 29th, 2009
8:53 am

When will the fans learn that college football is a multi-million dollar business, posing as some sort of educational program so that it does not have to pay its primary employees, so that it can stuff the pockets of a few? The good ole days are OVER, fans. It ain’t “our old school” anymore: this is NFL-lite.

Cuz

July 29th, 2009
8:59 am

Sorry Ramble, I retract that remark. How about Slurpee Jockey?

Cuz

July 29th, 2009
9:01 am

Well the NFL was too filling. But this tastes lousy.

braveswin

July 29th, 2009
9:03 am

aliakbarmuhammed, Techs victory over who? I’ll bet you a picnic towel it won’t be over UGA. Now go vacuum room #211. The guests have checked out

BankerDawg

July 29th, 2009
9:03 am

We already pay for parking, then carry in all of our gear to North Campus and set up early. We used to get there extremely early, then the powers that be established the “No tailgating before 7am rule”.

Anyway, we always clean up our site when we pack up and head to the game. Yes it can be a challenge depending on how many bourbons and/or icy cold adult beverages I have consumed, but we always manage.

I would hate to think we would begin paying additionally for what we are doing now.

Athens already has something similiar in place, but perhaps not on the same scale that Auburn does, and it is not on campus.

http://www.tailgatestation.net/location.cfm

Southside Dawg

July 29th, 2009
9:05 am

We already pay to park every game and have done so for many years. Where is it free? I doubt that my wife or my tailgating group would ever pay any caterers…they like to plan the menus, decorate the table, and bring our “stuff” to enjoy. Who wants overpriced, low-quality food from some crappy caterer when you can have ribs (on the smoker for 10 hours), home grown peanuts, desserts made from scratch, etc, etc, etc. ???

godawg

July 29th, 2009
9:06 am

Paying a fee to have someone set-up your tent and chairs, supply you with food and clean up your mess is NOT tailgating. It’s called catering.

If UGA starting charging I suspect the attendance in these areas to be about that of the “Family-Friendly,” zones they created a couple of years ago. Take some of the prime pre-game areas and essentially make it unattractive (by price or rules) for anyone to use it.

dawgfanatic24-7

July 29th, 2009
9:07 am

Simpledawg makes a good point. The parks close to the stadium require a parking pass. Ticking off fans is not smart in a recession.

god and greyhound

July 29th, 2009
9:12 am

uog: preseason and recruiting champs. postseason CHUMPS

saint mobile

July 29th, 2009
9:15 am

41-30 hehehehehehehehehe

Cuz

July 29th, 2009
9:19 am

Just put up a East German checkpoint and charge everyone that does not have a student ID. See if that Berlin Wall designer is still alive.

RAMBLE ON!!!

July 29th, 2009
9:25 am

Slurpee Jockey is good, I haven’t heard that one before. Did you just make that one up?

Cuz

July 29th, 2009
9:29 am

Yep, did not want to offend my favorite insectoid.

superDawg

July 29th, 2009
9:44 am

We pay so much now for parking on and off campus plus walk a long way to reach the stadium that a shuttle service would be a better idea than charging for tailgating.That would be worth paying for.

Andy

July 29th, 2009
9:45 am

Back to you LARRY

July 29th, 2009
9:52 am

I would be willing to pay!!!!! Tailgating is what my life revolves around on Saturdays!

Back to you LARRY

July 29th, 2009
9:52 am

Though I would have to pick up a couple extra lawns a week to cover the cost! Maybe I could just deliver pizzas on the side.

Red Clay Hound

July 29th, 2009
9:55 am

Cuz, you been hitting the solvent this morning? You’re on a roll.

Michael Scharff

July 29th, 2009
9:59 am

This is not a new idea:

http://www.tailgatestation.net/

Interesting concept – a parking space as real property.

PTC DAWG

July 29th, 2009
10:06 am

Once again, I want to thank the GT fans for caring..

Harry Dawg 73

July 29th, 2009
10:06 am

Paying to tailgate? Absolutely. It makes perfect sense for TECH TO PAY THEIR FANS to come to the games and party.

How many victories can tech boast about since about 1964 when Dooley slaughtered Bobby Dodd ever year and others since we ran Dodd off? Maybe 14?? Out of how many years? Wow. That is a program to be really proud of.

They RAN from their TRUE RIVALS ……..Auburn, Bama and U of T. Ran, then BEGGED to get back in the backdoor of the SEC and had to settle for the ACC. Hillarious that episode was. Laughable. Pathetic.

I still remember giggling when Pepper Rogers got hit in the head with his old heavy head phones. Knocked the guy nearly cold down to his knees on the sideline. How about Thanksgiving night in 75 or 76 when Rogers spoke to the Tech players at half time and it was a nationally broadcast game and it was about 43-0 at the half and Rogers could not even speak. Hillarious that was.
How bout that St. Simons???

Go DAWGS !!!

Z.Itchy

July 29th, 2009
10:10 am

I have always been disgusted with the condition of North Campus after a game. Decent people would be ashamed to leave such a beautiful place covered in garbage. If people want to live in such squalor, then charge them a hefty fee for the cleanup. They’ll pay it. There’s no excuse for such squalidness.

Cuz

July 29th, 2009
10:13 am

Red Clay, it is a mix of stress, exercise and pharmaceuticals. I dip into the solvent later, I am sure I have a gun around here that needs cleaning. Kids what room was Daddy waving the gun in last night? Oh yeah in the TV room. Maybe I should cut back on the news.

Cuz

July 29th, 2009
10:16 am

Zitchy, the drunks you speak of are showing their compassion for their amigos from South of the Border by making sure they have work after mass on Sunday. Throw a couple of Hail Marys and you will be fine.

Jeff

July 29th, 2009
10:18 am

I am a Vol fan, but this topic is interesting. That is a lot of $$ for a spot where someone to set up tents and a few chairs for you. However, as the host of his own tailgate party each home game in Knoxville, the time that I have to put in on getting there early for a good spot would make it very tempting…

JET

July 29th, 2009
10:22 am

Honestly, I think that this should be done on North Campus (by the arch) starting in 2009. I have been attending games from 1994 and the trash left behind on North Campus has been worse each year. While everyone should clean up and make an attempt to “leave it like you found it”, I realize that is never the case after a day of partying. However, it is easier to do massive clean up in a parking lot area rather than grass. It used to seem that North Campus was regarding as an area for alumni and folks with sense, but the last few years it has been scattered with younger students treating the area like the front of a frat house. I did the frat thing…we cleaned up after ourselves and those who use North Campus (and any area for that matter) should bring some trash bags along with them rather than throwing their trash around the area.

I say make it a pay area so that it can be treated the way it should be. The people who would pay would be people who care.

GO DAWGS!

Bama Dawg

July 29th, 2009
10:23 am

Right on Z.Itchy. North campus after a game looks like a scene right out a dingy, run-down bar after closing time. Beer bottles, half eaten plates of food and garbage everywhere. I know a few do try to clear up, but until everyone takes ownership for the campus, it will continue to be a dump after every home game.

Doug

July 29th, 2009
10:23 am

UGA has already done that with the parking spaces. Remember that Adams said that the streets need to be clear for emergency vehicles, that was the cover up. We all know it was about revenue and paying for the parking decks themselves. Most of my friends that had RVs sold them rather than park 3 miles from the stadium. I think Adams will do it just to spite everybody. He’s not a football fan but tolerates it because of the income it generates. Can’t we pay an Ivy League School to take him?

Cuz

July 29th, 2009
10:30 am

Sir you in the Red and Black, I need your papers. I see, these papers say you are only allowed on South Campus at the Coliseum before game time. Then you walk down the designated corridor to the game. Since you are here on North Campus out of your zone, we will take you to the Gulag at the intramural fields. Ivan cuff him and throw him in the van.