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

Gator CHOMP Champ

July 29th, 2009
1:44 pm

“Park like green space” is pretty funny. I’ve always described Auburn as a dirty toilet…after all, it’s how their students treat it with toilet paper on after a successful home game.

Will

July 29th, 2009
1:56 pm

If you have ever walked through Old Campus from the Library to Broad Street after a ball game, you might not be so opposed to a fee for tailgating in this area. These so called supporters of the University of Georgia leave tons of every imaginable form of trash.

My proposal would be to provide free registration for tailgating in this area. In the event the registered tailgaters left their registered area littered, they would be fined just as someone would be fined if they left beer bottles, feces and trash along a highway.

bb

July 29th, 2009
1:58 pm

Actually, the worst ‘butt-kicking in the series would be 48-0 in 1943 (no wonder uga fans deny it happened). And Tech also beat uga 46-0 in 1905 (last I checked 46 > 44). GT has beaten uga by 40 or more points 4 separate times. The 51-7 beat down was GT’s only loss in the series by 40 or more.

Sooo.....

July 29th, 2009
2:06 pm

People are really arguing because the University wants to make money off a spot that seems to me, haven’t been used for tailgating the last couple of years. No where in the article did it say everyone is going to have to pay for their tailgate spot. Some people prefer to use their money to be catered to. That’s their choice. Do I see it happening at UGA and do I care? Probably will and don’t care at all. To the 2 to 3 guys that post under multiple names about how this or that school sucks, get a life.

ATLNative

July 29th, 2009
2:08 pm

As an actual AU grad, I have to agree with TrueDawg. Vandy and Ole Miss are more the “Mimosa & Caviar” crowd – which pay-to-tailgate encompasses. DawgProps, you obviously got stuck down in the big field south of campus – well, that’s where we put the visitors. As for the marking off tailgate spots – all my Dawg buddies marked off tailgate spots in Athens the night before when we’d go up for the Deep South’s Oldest Rivalry. Legal or not, they did it… so step out of the glass house.

Gator CHUMP Champ – I’ll take toiet paper in trees over jorts & wife-beaters any day. It’s nice being the team Tebow couldn’t ever (and will never) beat.

ugasucksbighairyballs

July 29th, 2009
2:21 pm

those “idiots” at Auburn probably only restrict their tailgating areas when ugay is rolling into town so they don’t have to try to eat and enjoy time with their family and friends around a bunch of drunk, barking idiots….sounds like GENIUS to me

NC Tailgater

July 29th, 2009
2:30 pm

My family, friends, and I often set up a pretty “intense” tailgate on North Campus and I have to general comments. #1 – It is appalling to see so many fans disrespect the campus and each other by littering, stealing, and otherwise defacing one of the most beautiful pieces of dirt in the country. #2 – Between the Hartman Fund, Ticket Cost, and additional revenue UGA receives from each of these games, I cannot see how paying $10k for cleanup is even a drop in the bucket. They’ve been jacking us for years by taking away use of restrooms, power, etc. I am sure it will not be too long before they start charging for our tailgate spots.

Sanford Drive

July 29th, 2009
3:42 pm

I’ve never tailgated at Auburn. How’s the tailgating scene over there?

fawkmralias

July 29th, 2009
3:46 pm

auburn in a great place to go as a visting fan, awesome, passsionate, and gracious/classy fans….basically it’s 180 degrees from the cesspool of athens

Sanford Drive

July 29th, 2009
3:50 pm

I hear the bar scene isn’t that great in Auburn. Has anyone else experienced it?

fawkmralias

July 29th, 2009
3:52 pm

well mr. alias if your so against alias’ even though every, single person on here has one, maybe you should just post under your real name? what? i didn’t think so, just another bandwagon, brainless dawg with nothing to say worth hearing…..you like tailgating off the back porch of your trailer i imagine

fawkmralias

July 29th, 2009
3:58 pm

nctailgater, the reason people trash that so called beautiful peice of dirt is because they are the drunken scum known as the ugay-nation

Sanford Drive

July 29th, 2009
4:00 pm

NC, It’s true that campus takes a beating after games, but I’ve never been to a campus that DIDN’T have a LOT of trash after games. Not saying it’s OK to trash the school, but it does happen everywhere.

Josh Lopez

July 29th, 2009
4:45 pm

Clemson charges for tailgating around the stadium as well.

Rudy Rudeker

July 29th, 2009
6:05 pm

I love Georgia Tech. They were the only team on Notre Dame’s schedule sorry enough to allow me a chance to get in the game. Of course, I sacked the quarterback. It was like playing a high school team.

OutofStateDawg

July 29th, 2009
7:40 pm

What a great way to tailgate if you are coming from out of state. For those of us who have to fly to every game we make it to each year, you don’t have the ability to load up the airport rental car with all your nonexistent tailgating equipment and get a spot to tailgate. I would love it and it would be a great way for all my friends who don’t live anywhere close enough to drive to Athens for a game to meet up at the tailgate spot ready to go.

I would think this would be a big resource for visiting team fans to have a way to tailgate without having to fly there with tables and chairs… Not sure that is a plus for our home games, but I would love it if next year I was going to fly to see Georgia smack around Auburn and I could guarantee a place to tailgate and not have to worry about anything as far as securing a spot, setting up or cleaning up.

Go Dawgs!

July 29th, 2009
8:19 pm

They will eventually kill the goose that lays the golden egg; would have already done it if it wasn’t so resilient. Still angry that they changed the rules on contributions after suckering us all in many, many years ago with “the amount will never change as long as you donate”. Increase the ticket face value as much as you wish (supply and demand economics) and see how high you can push it, but don’t continue to squeeze the people who support you loyally.

I agree that just giving the universities a tiny space to propagate this crap will just lead to later being unable to tailgate within miles of the stadium. Distressing news!

Go Dawgs!

July 29th, 2009
8:23 pm

OutofState, sounds wonderful to go to Auburn and tailgate with devout AU fans or in Tusksville with AL fans…can’t wait.

dan

July 29th, 2009
9:22 pm

Being a 2004 grad of UGA, this doesn’t surprise me. The problem with Athens/Clarke County is that it’s so small and ill equipped to handle the massive growth that has taken place in the last 10-15years. The first few years I was at UGA, there was plenty of tailgating out near the Ramsay Center, as well as on the Westside and downtown. But now new residence hall or apartment complex’s have over taken the area, and unfortunately I don’t see that getting much better. Tailgating near the over-pass of the “Loop” sucks as anyone who has lived or went to school in Athens can attest.

DawgFan1

July 29th, 2009
9:40 pm

Did you really bring up a game that happened over 100 years ago Nerd? WGAS? The only stat that really matters is that this is a new season. Things that happened in the past are irrelevant. Even last years fluke win doesn’t matter at this point. We are looking ahead to what will happen this season. See you on the gridiron nerds.

Wreck

July 29th, 2009
11:12 pm

This is a non-story. Anyone who has ever tailgated at Auburn knows it is surrounded by acres and acres of empty space (or at least it was in ‘05 the last time Tech played em at Jordan-Hare). There will always be available tailgating if you look around or plan for it. When we play at UGA, our group of Tech fans always has our own lot not far from Sanford- $20 for Cars and $100 for RVs. Getting charged like that is pretty standard at most places.

I pay for a season parking pass at Tech but it’s worth it to tailgate from Friday night to Sunday morning.

Go Jackets

Wreck

July 29th, 2009
11:15 pm

By the way, having your tailgate catered is just wrong. How hard is it to set up a tent and a grill and fill a cooler with adult beverages.

ugaimbreeder

July 29th, 2009
11:16 pm

Explain to me, ugayer’s, how taking Hargrove Military Academy transfers too dumb to tie their own shoes, exploiting them to sell tickets to fans too dumb to have even gotten into Georgia with it’s own barrel scraping standards, and then turning them loose to be garbagemen for the rest of their lives, remotely resembles what college football is supposed to be about.

Alan Windor

July 30th, 2009
12:22 am

If someone wants to pay to tailgate, let them. Though I won’t be participating, I have no problem if others want to.

rx-dawg

July 30th, 2009
9:45 am

You don’t have to be a season ticket holder to get parking on campus. You just have to buy a $120 parking deck pass.

Steve

July 30th, 2009
9:52 am

From a business aspect, it’s a good offer (at Auburn). You get guaranteed parking (assuming a season pass) right by the football stadium. Tents, tables, & chairs supplied & set up for your group. You just bring the food & beveerage. Provided the amenities remain available for a couple of hours after the game ends, I believe there is a market for it. Price is too steep for me, but I believe alot of season ticket holders might opt for it.

Bamafan

July 30th, 2009
10:07 am

I am lucky my company has a office a block off Bear Bryant Drive in Tuscaloosa and get to park free and to tailgate free. A company car all so and free gas to go see the crimson tide play. GO DAWGS AND ROLL TIDE!!

Mark

July 30th, 2009
12:12 pm

Its been four years but when I last visited Auburn for a football game the parking was free. At UGA we donate to the Athletic Fund for the right to buy tickets and a parking pass. With a little extra donation we get a better parking location. It seems that Auburn’s problem is that there isn’t enough demand that they can charge like UGA, so they are trying to make a little money by providing reserved spaces with catering. Big deal. Its still Auburn.

My complaint is that Tech gets to call me a season ticket holder when I purchase tickets to see UGA at Tech. I wonder how many of us Dawgs are inflating their season ticket numbers? Heck, why don’t they do this to Jacksonville State? Forcing people to buy the entire season is just leading to littering. What am I supposed to do with the rest of these tickets?

jimmy

July 30th, 2009
12:14 pm

don’t worry when mr.adams reads this he will have found another way to stick it to the georgia fan

jimmy

July 30th, 2009
12:16 pm

way to tell it like it is ANGEL

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Southside Drug Rep

August 1st, 2009
2:24 pm

I am shocked at the way the universities are continuing to look at fans as sources of income. I believe the Auburn fans will not stand for this and will be happy to stay at home instead of paying for this opportunity. There’s a place for corporate tailgating…NFL venues.

Southside Drug Rep

August 1st, 2009
2:35 pm

Hey ugablows,

We might be able to buy our gear at any truck stop but we did beat Yale!

GO DAWGS…35 days.

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