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.

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July 29th, 2009
10:50 am

are y’all next??????


July 29th, 2009
10:52 am

They are making a market for it by limiting the tailgating options… It will be happening in Athens soon enough.


July 29th, 2009
10:56 am

who cares about fatatical sec idiots paying for tailgating…

check this out nadlickers, i compiled my own list…

1. our quarterback has a mouse in his pants.
2. you can piss wherever you want. no really, you can.
3. you can buy all our stuff at any truck stop.
4. if you lose your hat, all you have to do is follow any landscape truck and wait for one to fall off.
5. no one cares if you spoon your best buddy.
6. its so easy, even a caveman can do it.
7. You enjoy Scout rankings and beauty pageants more than football
8. Spray tans make you look good without the risk of skin cancer
9. Free passes to the Redneck Games on the back of each ticket
10. Diagram the half-court line
11. You get to rationalize away your losses, but keep your wins
12. You can easily make yourself look smarter by using Caps lock and adding “!!!!!!!!!!!1!!” to everything you say.
13. Ignorance is bliss.
14. Being a fan is as close as the sale rack at Walmart.
15. Teeth: Optional.
16. Make the trailer park unanimous.
17. Red matches your neck.
18. Your ugly dog will look handsome next to Uga.
19. Your fight song was played by the folks who burned the your state to the ground.
20. The redcoat marching band—hurray for the British redcoats who resisted America’s freedom!
21. Your mascots used to be the goats, until Yale came South, whooped your butts, and then you changed your mascot to the same one Yale was using.
22. The hedges. A weed, in the form of the shrub, that shows up at exactly 29 other Division I-A stadiums. How very original (see #3).
23. You can hear your fight song played by several other schools in your conference. It is their fight song too! How neat!
24. Wally Butts was an alcoholic and womanizer.
25. Larry Munson takes after Butts.
26. Your mascot likes to sniff butts.
27. You are firing professors because of a budget crisis but you athletic department had a profit of over 40 million. Which was spent on a statute honoring VD.
28. Jan Kemp.
29. Ed Tolley.
30. Misdrawing the GA Tennessee border.
31. Dishonoring GT veterans in both WWI and WWII!
32. Your stadium corridors were built only half too narrow.
33. Your stadium is a poor man’s version of UNC’s, because you couldn’t spend as much as they did on the same plan.
34. Your stadium is a pet cemetery.
35. Herschel Walker, Herschel Walker, Herschel Walker, Herschel Walker, and his other personality, Larry the Cable Guy.
36. Athens is easily accessible via major highways.
37. The pristine condition of the North Campus after a game.
38. Billboards bashing your own receivers.
39. Three wins in 19 years against UF. But you still don’t like to admit Tech is a bigger rival.
40. Your mascot is a genetic eunuch.
41. 2008 Preseason National Champions.
42. More #1 recruiting championships than actual championships.
43. Many of your women prefer to marry Tech men.
44. Mike Bobo stopped beating up 110# kids (with the help of o-lineman) and took up coaching.
45. Highest per capita use of spray on tans.
46. Everything but the scoreboard looks good in black.
47. Moreno sprints off the field nearly as fast as he sprinted to the NFL.
48. You have a long history of playing ginger’s at QB.
49. Your mascot has better potty training than most of your fans.
50. The #4 business school in the state.
51. The literacy rate of your students is the envy of many rural areas in third world countries.
52. In the 1980’s Athens had an awesome music scene. Today, part of it is(was) on fire.
53. You’ve really improved on that Greenbay G by changing the colors.
54. You are original by not being original at all.
55. The world is shocked that your fans can count to 101.


July 29th, 2009
11:06 am

I was molested at a very young age.


July 29th, 2009
11:10 am

Based on comments I’ve seen and heard over the years, it seems the LAST thing anyone would want in Athens is another built-in excuse for tailgaters to completely trash the campus. If they’re paying for it, that’s exactly what they’ll do…..beyond what happens already.


July 29th, 2009
11:20 am

Good job “UGA Blows”. I know that took you some time and it was a good laugh.

Now, get back to playing Dungeons and Dragons, planning your Dragon-Con road trip, and listening to the soundtrack from Harry Potter. By the way, your grammar was pretty poor in there. You must have attended Ga. State; or no university at all for that matter.

See you this fall at Bobby Dodd. You’ll be there guy with all the empty seats around ya….oh wait, that’s all of you idiots. Have fun being the little guy in the state…45-42 can’t change that…ever.



July 29th, 2009
11:22 am

Ok Auburn and all football fans let’s relax. They are not charging to tailgate they are charging for a catering service just like the services that are charged for catering the luxury suites and everything else. Every one is able to tailgate however they want so maybe some people would like to just pay for the ease of having it set up and cleaned up for them!


July 29th, 2009
11:23 am

Hell NO. Hell NO. Drive thru tailgating is NOT tailgating. I will never do this. Period. If it gets to the point I have no choice, I will stay at home and tailgate in the back yard next to my smoker and grill.


July 29th, 2009
11:24 am

Oh yeah…I was curious about 31. tell me more….

M Adams

July 29th, 2009
11:28 am

Why didn’t I think of this scam?


July 29th, 2009
11:30 am

If it has a dollar sign, then Damon will chase it.


July 29th, 2009
11:36 am


Any way to get those 30 seconds back?? That was the lamest post I’ve ever read.

Bama Aaron

July 29th, 2009
11:37 am

I could possibly understand this at some schools. Bama gets away with it because their fans are intensly loyal and there is at least a 5yr waiting list for season tickets. But trying to do this at a place like Aubarn where they can’t even sell out their season tickets makes no sense at all.


July 29th, 2009
11:40 am

they could charge you barking idiots $1000 to step onto campus and you’d gladly pay it


July 29th, 2009
11:41 am

i’ll be there son, watching CPJ pound the second nail into Richt’s coffin….it’s gonna be sweet


July 29th, 2009
11:43 am

who do yall think the next ugay coach will be? derek dooley? skip holtz? will muschamp? yall should be thinking ahead on this stuff, you don’t want to wind up settling like clempson or UT

Back to you LARRY

July 29th, 2009
11:44 am

Wait…. a Georgia fan trying to correct grammar? HAHAHAHAHAH!!!!!!! I didn’t no they taught grammar at LEGHUMPER U. Does that come before pizza delivery etiquette or after proper way to edge a curb?


July 29th, 2009
11:57 am

Clempson? Genius.


July 29th, 2009
11:59 am

51-7 is actually the worst “butt-kicking” of the series.



July 29th, 2009
11:59 am

I’m a Georgia grad, so this won’t affect me; but, I say let the market decide if this is a good decision or not. I think it sounds fine. They will set it up and break it down for you–and cater it if you want them to. The average person will think this is a bit much; but, to some people, this is well worth the money. I picture this used mostly by businesses hosting clients. If the service isn’t used, it’ll go away on its own.


July 29th, 2009
12:04 pm

Don’t tailgate. Stay home. Watch the game in high def from the comfort of your recliner. You’ll get a better view anyway. Besides, it’s much cheaper and easier getting a beverage out of your own refrigerator.

Sanford Drive

July 29th, 2009
12:06 pm

We played Clemson twice in this decade and beat them….twice.


July 29th, 2009
12:11 pm

I hope UGA raises their ticket prices and charges extra to park and party. Couldn’t happen to a nicer crowd. Great way to treat a fan.

Money talks, the rest will walk farther

July 29th, 2009
12:11 pm

Pay for tailgating rights is a sure revenue stream and is the way of the future. Look at the airlines charging a la carte for stuff that used to be included: luggage, drinks, food, seat reservations, etc. North Campus will be the new First Class section and will be priced accordingly to keep poor people and fairweather fans far, far away. East Campus will be the new Economy section reserved for many of you posting all the trash on this forum. Y’all will fit in real nice with the sewage stench…


July 29th, 2009
12:13 pm

We’ve been doing this in T-town for the last few years, with interesting results. Sections of the quad have been blocked off and rented to tailgaters for gameday, but they haven’t really interfered with the overall tailgating experience for most. Honestly it hasn’t been that bad for us, but there are some who will always bitch and moan regardless…


July 29th, 2009
12:15 pm

Like UGAG, UGAY, UGAP in teeth, LEGHUMPERS, NADLICKERS, FLEEBAGS, u[sic]ga, the mutts, the pups, the puppies………….


July 29th, 2009
12:18 pm

The contract with the SEC gave each University millions just to broadcast the football games. Now the University want to charge for tailgating? Is this the GREED the liberals have been talking about finally exposed in the Universities. I always knew it was not about education but simply money and indoctrination.

Sanford Drive

July 29th, 2009
12:21 pm

Who cares if we don’t play Clemson every year? We have plenty of rivalry game each season. It’s more fun to switch it up. We’re going back to playing them every decade or so. I believe they are scheduled for 2013/2014.


July 29th, 2009
12:22 pm

Lawnboys, Pizza delivery men, Framer, Roofer, Jiffy Lube greeter, Garbage man (sorry waste disposal man)……………..

zach h

July 29th, 2009
12:23 pm

They’ve been doing this in the Northeast for a few years



July 29th, 2009
12:24 pm

seriously, does anyone here have any doubt that CPJ could swap teams with CMR and still beat him? i mean think about it. if he can come into the cesspool and beat the humpers with a bunch of 2 and 3 star outcasts that Richt wouldn’t even use for waterboys don’t you think he could take Richt’s team and beat the hell out of anyone? what does that say about RIcht and ugay in general?

Sanford Drive

July 29th, 2009
12:29 pm

No doubt CPJ is appears to be a great coach, but let’s give it a few years to see how it plays out. His system works well at Tech, but UGA likes old-school I-Formation football.

Dawg gonnit

July 29th, 2009
12:30 pm

I would pay for the caterer. I hate cleaning up when it’s the guys going which is most of the time. Split between 4 people it’s not that much. But I want my own ribs not theres. Also what if they say you can’t bring your own beer.


July 29th, 2009
12:35 pm

American Capitalism..Gotta love it. I didnt know my Auburn brothers had it in em.

News flash!!!! It already costs money to tailgate in Athens. You must be contributing ticket holder to get a parking space on campus. To get a spot near the stadium you are contributing way, way, way over $222 a game For those not contributing super high dollars, the assigned tailgating spot might suck or not be near your friends, thus forcing you to go to a private pay lot.. I do that and have no complaints..it is great. I pay $360 a year for 6 games. Shady spot on campus, 10 min walk at most to stadium (No,I’m not saying where). Reserved spot; doesnt matter when I get there. You get what you pay for. Its the American way.


July 29th, 2009
12:37 pm

Hey UGA Blows poster above:

Dude, get a life. You are spending way to much time blogging ..you need to get publishing rights for that last post..but then, it is all crap so no one would buy it.

Sanford Drive

July 29th, 2009
12:39 pm

I get there early, park for free, and have a ten minute walk to the stadium.


July 29th, 2009
12:42 pm

nerds! nerds! nerds! nerds!

Gen Neyland

July 29th, 2009
12:43 pm

Beer Gardens and Polka Dancing next for Auburn..? I don’t think the Miller Beer delivery guy will be stopping by the venue unless he has to make a pickup and redistribute the High Life to real life tailgaters…BTW, will frat house doors be open to receive the paying guests on campus..? If so, a bit of spit and polish shall be required.

College Sports Fan

July 29th, 2009
12:49 pm

I have always maintained that Tech could make a lot more money if they charged their football fans (both of them) to leave Bobby Dudd Stadium rather than to get in.

There is only so much poor play and effort that a fan can take and I am sure Tech’s fans would pay almost anything to get out of the stadium and away from the game by sometime in the 3rd or 4th quarter.

Unless Big Boi is performing at half time. Then both fans will be running for the gate.

D&D fan

July 29th, 2009
12:50 pm

Have you ever been to a tailgate at kneel and Dodd stadium? It looks like a dragon con after party; guys playing with plastic light sabers, girls that look like they’re attending an “Ugly Betty” look-a-like contest, parents shaking their heads, knowing they’ll never have grand children. And no one speaks English! It’s the only pre-game experience where Clearasil & Viagra have a booth at every home game. And if that’s not bad enough the schools reunion for graduates is known as the annual plumbers & electricians convention! Heck, Alfred E Neuman was voted best looking when he attended a tailgate on the flats for a spring game! If you yell URKEL at a tech tailgate 500 guys and 600 girls will turn around and yell back WHAAAAT? The insect tailgates look more like a bread line at the Union mission.


July 29th, 2009
12:54 pm

If any of you are ever down on Saint Simons you can find this blogs namesake hanging out at Murphy’s Tavern on friday nites. He resembles einstein.


July 29th, 2009
1:10 pm

Never mind the mindless drivel from the Tech fans. The problem with pay for tailgating is the dislocation–the dislocated fans will flock to the other locations creating a space crunch. I already pay for my parking pass we should not be charged for tailgating.


July 29th, 2009
1:11 pm

I think it’s funny that all these other school fans have nothing to cheer about at their own school, so they come on a UGA blog to diss people. Tech fans were dormant the last 7 years and squeak out a win by 3 points, buy rings and celebrate. They say we play easy teams, although every year UGA is in the top 5 or top 10 in strength of schedule, maybe Tech people aren’t as smart as they think. UGA just assumes we will be Tech every year, they are about our 4th rival now and Tech’s number one goal last year was to beat UGA. Let’s see…win the conference, or nat’l title or win one game an hour away. Oh and they play in the Air Condition Conference, where every team is a breeze. Give me a break, go cry in your mom’s basement with your computers and lincoln logs and leave the real men to talking about football.


July 29th, 2009
1:15 pm

Everyone should realize by now, it’s all about the almighty dollar. That Lazy Boy in front of that HD TV is looking better and better.


July 29th, 2009
1:15 pm

Just answer the question and stop rambling


July 29th, 2009
1:18 pm

How about we subsidize tailgating expenses with ad revenue from all of the insecure locust “fans” that continually troll the UGA blogs? Plus, since they obviously don’t have a job, you could offer them a few bucks to clean up around Sanford after the game. Everybody wins!


July 29th, 2009
1:23 pm

This disappoints me…I see this as a ‘wine and cheese’ type set up that I’d expect at Ole Miss or maybe even Vandy, but not at Auburn…just another easy mark for the folks on the Plains.

The beauty, to me, about Fall Saturday’s in the South is the ENTIRE experience – including passing down ALL traditions as my parents and grandparents did. Not just the game, but the camaraderie of the tailgate, including setting up and hosting the soiree with friends and opponents as well, and staying in the same place for years. Sadly, I guess it’s all about the money…

Oh well, the clock is ticking and the season is getting closer – Go Dawgs!!

Dawg Props

July 29th, 2009
1:28 pm

The idiots at Auburn have already ruined tailgating by allowing auburn fans to mark off all tailgate and parking spots on Friday, leaving nothing for other fans to find on Saturday. It’s the worst in the SEC by far.


July 29th, 2009
1:35 pm

I am sure it wont be long before Micheal Adams realizes he can start putting a damper on a few footballs fans tailgating experience by charging them a arm and a leg to tailgate. So look for this to happen at UGA by next year unless by God’s Grace we get a real University President!


July 29th, 2009
1:40 pm

I like how we get a good topic to talk about and some Tech fan blogs and turns it into a UGA GT battle off the topic. Tech fans and what very few there are just hate the fact that their grandfather went to Tech back in the day and now they are forced to like GT because as good of a school as it is the idiots that post on here never stepped foot on campus.