Is it time to crack down on tailgaters trashing UGA campus?

The area near UGA's famed Arch is still being trashed by tailgaters. (University of Georgia)

The area near UGA's famed Arch is still being trashed by tailgaters. (University of Georgia)

It seems the message that UGA President Michael Adams sent to tailgaters back in September about picking up their trash before they leave campus after a football game has only been partially received.

The Augusta Chronicle reports that while the pleas not to turn the campus into a dumping ground have resulted in improvements in some tailgating areas, things have not improved on the North Campus quads near the university Arch, where the crowd is largely made up of students.

Speaking of last weekend’s Auburn game, George Stafford, UGA’s associate vice president for auxiliary and administrative services, said: “Saturday was a bad day. North Campus was as crowded as it’s ever been and the trash was awful.”

The problem has been exacerbated by the increase in night games in Athens, which means more time for tailgating and drinking.

“We’re very concerned about it,” Stafford told the Chronicle. “There’s so much time for people to gather and party. … So many of them are drinking, and when [alcohol] is consumed, good judgment goes out the window.”

Since the appeals to the tailgaters’ better nature haven’t worked, UGA is probably going to have to start issuing citations for littering and public drunkenness in order to get the message across. Or maybe even restrict access to the quads and charge a fee for the right to tailgate there.

“I don’t know what the next step is,” Stafford told the Augusta paper. “But I can tell you that nothing is off the table.”

What should UGA do about the trashing of North Campus by tailgaters?

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Some argue that the trashing of the campus is something that the university should just accept as a cost of lucrative football Saturdays. But considering the damage done to the grounds by tailgaters and the PR black eye given to UGA by the mounds of garbage left behind after a game, I’d say that’s unlikely.

What do you think? Should the university deploy cops on North Camps to crack down on the idiot behavior there? Is it time to charge a fee for the right to set up on the quads?

Share your views in the comments, vote in the poll or do both.

183 comments Add your comment

Josh Fowler

November 19th, 2009
7:17 am

441north

November 19th, 2009
7:19 am

North campus is hallowed ground and should be treated as such by everyone who has the privilege to set foot on it. They should ban tailgating on the north quad area, period. Do whatever administration controls are necessary to stop this. As an Athans native,and an ‘81 grad, this really sickens me.

Big Time?

November 19th, 2009
7:25 am

What do you expect when you get 80,000 hammered hillbilly’s in one place for six hours?

Just try to control the uninating and deficating in public. That’s about as good as we can do.

Or we could ask for proof of a diploma from UGA before being allowed to tailgate. That would cut the crowd down to about 5,000.

AltamahaDawg

November 19th, 2009
7:31 am

It’s kind of a no-brainer, isnt it?

david

November 19th, 2009
7:32 am

We tried to walk through old campus on the way to the game Saturday and I was absolutely astonished at the unbridaled and widespread damage to the grounds. It was wall to wall students drinking, throwing trash everywhere; vomiting and urinating everywhere. It looked like a smaller version of Woodstock (without nudity). As a graduate of UGA and the law school, I was totally disgusted and embarrassed. When I was in school, we partied (thus giving UGA its dubious distinction) but we had respect for property. Most of these students (UGA and Auburn) have no respect for the University’s property and that is disturbing. The solution is to restrict campus from these activities. Athens is already a virtual police state and adding more police will just make it worse. I cannot believe that UGA officials have allowed this type of activity to go on weekend after weekend. Its truly embarrassing for the University.

Mike

November 19th, 2009
7:33 am

The mess that is left behind is disgraceful. As an alum I feel the university should sell a tailgating pass if you want to tailgate on the quad. Make the price reasonable unlike the the prices to park on campus.

Bob

November 19th, 2009
7:39 am

Yeah, maybe it is a “lucrative football Saturday”, but doesn’t personal responsibility enter into the equation somewhere? People need to start showing some class and stop behaving like pigs.

cajdawg

November 19th, 2009
7:41 am

There a number of factors that have led to this problem:

1) Overall lack of parking on the campus. This has become progressively worse over time. When tailgaters trash a parking lot it is easier to clean and less disgusting for some reason.

2)Excessive drinking by students.

3)Redneck skank Bulldog fans that have no affiliation with the school except for their Dawgs.

If the school addresses these three issues, the problem will be greatly reduced.

Another Dawg

November 19th, 2009
7:48 am

David: thank you for your anecdotal evidence of student behavior and respect for campus. I’m sure that, “back in your day,” you were a perfect, upstanding gentleman who drank white wine with his pinkie raised in the air on game days, sorted your cans and bottles for better recycling at your tailgate, and even helped out pick up garbage at your neighbor’s tailgate. I’m certain neither you nor anyone you knew ever vomited in public (not that you would have known, with your nose so high in the air.)

Back in the real world, here’s a novel idea: start the trash crews around an hour and a half to two hours before kickoff, when many people begin breaking down their tailgates and consolidating. Much of the trash that gets left behind is likely because of the hassle of getting to and from North Campus–between tents, tables, chairs, music, coolers, grills, generators, TVs, etc, where would they like the trash to go? Instead of waiting for the entire quad to clear of tailgaters so everyone can whine about the amount trash, just get it picked up incrementally.

And for the record, we filled our University-provided trashcan by 2:00 pm Saturday and it was never emptied, nor was an alternative provided. The University is talking a big game and isn’t doing anything to back it up.

Mitch

November 19th, 2009
7:48 am

As a UGA grad twice over (undergrad and grad school unlike some) I beleive we should make the quad a family zone for tailgating. Or charge for a permit in the area to pay for a dumpster for all the trash left behind. It is just sickening the lack of utter respect for the campus, especially here with its rich history. If the “fans” want somewhere to drink and trash I say lets designate a few vacant lots around Rocksprings and the Iron Triangle for them. Its not like they were planning on going to the game anyway!

GGGOOOOOO DAWGS!!!

Josh Fowler

November 19th, 2009
7:56 am

Some people think cucumbers taste better pickled. What?

JB

November 19th, 2009
8:06 am

I’ve tailgated on the south side of campus for like 25+ years and have never seen this kind of stuff. I don’t really get why those folks litter again as it doesn’t happen on the south side. That said, drill everyone who does it. There’s zero excuse for it.

HBTD!!!

Some Sanity

November 19th, 2009
8:11 am

If the tail gaters clean up their trash; How would the Waste Management Services students have anythng to do on Monday? Most of the UGA athletes are in this major which is as know as “Garbage Man”

10-1 Ramblin Wreck

November 19th, 2009
8:11 am

UGA has some really red-neck fans.
The only time the men’s restrooms at Bobby Dodd Stadium are really trashed,
………………is when UGA comes to Atlanta.
Now I realize the trashy dawgs don’t even respect their own campus.

CMR Wins the 2009 George Hamilton Cocoa Butter Open

November 19th, 2009
8:13 am

Had to close off the library because tailgaters were peeing and throwing up in the stacks? Seriously?

Classy.

John

November 19th, 2009
8:14 am

Too many night games; too much time to get knee-walking drunk; too many a$$holes. Is anybody surprised by the results?

rphdawg

November 19th, 2009
8:16 am

issue passes/permits for the priviledge to use that or any particular area. assign specific zones and send out bills or pick-up fees if the garbage in that particular zone is not adequately policed. or pay me $2000 and i will personally provide the garbage pickup for the area mentioned. i can sub-contract it out to a couple of industrius non-football fans, pay them $800 for the day each and keep a cool $200 for myself. recycle the cans and have another ten bucks profit.

Wayneoh

November 19th, 2009
8:19 am

If the university keeps turning the large parking lots into “controlled” athletic parking lots, the damaged to the campus will continue. Did we have this problem before all of the large lots were taken over…NO. It is great to walk by those empty lots and then see the rest of the campus jammed in. I guess we all coudl park in the controlled lots if we want to pay another grand?

emptyseats

November 19th, 2009
8:21 am

10-1 Ramblin Wreck,

That’s b/c the only time people actually go to Bobby Dodd Stadium is when you play UGA. Talk a big game, but try selling out your stadium more than once every two years.

john

November 19th, 2009
8:21 am

I get on north campus near the library to tailgate at 7am every saturday. I’m one of the first ones out there. By 7:30am there are no trash cans left. The university needs to provide a higher number of trashcans as well as portable toilets. The line for the toilets is easily 30 minutes or longer starting about 4 hours before the game. That being said. I always grab a UGA Garbage can, a Uga Recylce bag and bring my own trash bag. I usually pack up an hour before the game and leave behind virturally no trash.

I believe the trash originates from the walkup tailgate crowd. The people that don’t bring the tents and tv’s and chairs. They just find a pocket of grass and stand around and drink.

That being said I’m moving my tailgate next year because of the propencity of students to get in fights and talk trash to one another and the other team. One guy got his shirt ripped off this past week. Plus they just walk through your tailgate and take food and other supplies without even asking. Its almost like they feel entitled to do so…

Me

November 19th, 2009
8:21 am

Just let it keep piling up…..don’t bother to collect it. Rest assured,late in the season the crowds would dwindle. Save the money for more jazzy uniform motivation.
Our Beloved Dawgs deserve better than this.

Rick

November 19th, 2009
8:23 am

Disgusting white trash. Lazy rednecks. That’s what half the uga fan base is. Littering white trash scum.

Come On

November 19th, 2009
8:23 am

This has been going on for years. Why is it an issue now?? Should people be more considerate? Of course! But ya know people do get paid to clean it up. Is this a big issue at Ole Miss, Auburn, or anyother school in the country that has a great tailgating culture?

Thanksgiving

November 19th, 2009
8:23 am

JUNK YARD FANS
JUNK YARD CAMPUS
JUNK YARD PENALTIES

UGAGRAD02

November 19th, 2009
8:26 am

10-1 ramblin wreck is funny. Georgia Tech has to many drunk panhandlers asking for money and want leave you alone. Or get you get mugged around campus. On the otherside of this story, UGA does need to do something about the trash on North Campus. It is a shame that the best part of the campus is trashed each week.

SadDawg

November 19th, 2009
8:27 am

Well since we don’t get our money’s worth (about $90,000 combined per home game) from Willie and Bobo on Saturdays, let them get up on Sundays clean up the campus!!

Bob

November 19th, 2009
8:27 am

It is embarrassing. Pathetic. And as a 72 grad I am disgusted. Charge to use it or ban it all together on North Campus. Hate doing that, but maybe folks would get the message.

Elberton Dawg

November 19th, 2009
8:28 am

It does not matter if you are an alumni or not, there is no excuse for trashing the area where you tailgate. Another Dawg, please stop making excuses for littering. A novel idea would be to take responsibility for your actions. Supply your tailgate with a shelf owned trash can big enough to hold the trash you plan on creating. Then you can take that trash and the trash can home with you. Place the trash in your home trash container, and store the trash can to use at your next event. The university should not be responsible for your trash. Maybe nextime I visit your house, I will pee behind the couch because the crowd will be too big for me to make it to to bathroom.

BD

November 19th, 2009
8:32 am

You UGA fans are filthy and disgusting.

That is all.

duluthdawg

November 19th, 2009
8:32 am

We have been tailgating on north campus for 3 years(we got run off from aderhold when Adams and his gang wanted $2500 for a parking spot), but this year has been the worse for trash I have ever seen; charging fees and limiting access are not the answer, however; having clean up crews empty trash during the day, and also opening up areas of campus that used to be available would be a start;

Hotrod

November 19th, 2009
8:33 am

This has been going on for how long?

Amazing that UGA allows this.

What do other colleges do? Can’t be the only college with this problem.

An Observer

November 19th, 2009
8:34 am

You know, a real dog will not mess in its’ own backyard if it can get out.
But these are Dawgs…..well what can I say??
It is easy to blame the mess on drunk students (acceptable?) and redneck fans with no affilliation to UGA except on gameday. I’m sure the redneck donations & ticket revenues are not refused, and that no trash is left by the well bred Georgia alumni, even the ones with post graduate degrees.

Here’s a revolutionary area…..more trash containers and control of the space in question. Campus and/or Athens-Clark County Police (dreaded Police State) take control of the situation BEFORE it gets out of control. Require accessable pathways to allow for garbage removal (including drunk students) and just enforce the laws regarding public behavior. Patrols through the area DURING the pre-game period would go along way toward keeping the situation from getting out of control in the first place. Arrests and removal from the area would soon send the message that certain behavior is simply not acceptable. If the North Campus area is so sacred, perhaps the alumni association should also get involved in the pre-emptive activity.

Dooley's Cardiologist

November 19th, 2009
8:35 am

Is anyone surprised here???? Seriously!! A wise man once said: “You can’t fix stupid.” I believe the person in the story he was referring to was a Dawg fan.

Jeremy

November 19th, 2009
8:35 am

WayneOh hit the issue. UGA caused this with the controlled high dollar lots which pushed a lot of fans into decks and off campus. Add in stadium expansion and it got worse (less spots for more people).

Create a situation on any campus where people can’t tailgate near their cars and trash will be left behind.

I agree also with the other sentiments that UGA needs to provide a lot more of the cardboard garbage cans.

RabunCoJacket

November 19th, 2009
8:35 am

These mutts are like dogs, the world is their bathroom and they trash their environment. This issue has more to do with that segment of the general population – they litter the roadside with used lottery tickets, empty packs of marlboros, and empty plastic jim beam pint bottles. I almost feel sorry for the actual UGA grads who now are the face of this behavior. But, I look forward to reminding them to pick up their trash when I see them at Bobby Dodd!

dobearsbare

November 19th, 2009
8:36 am

The night games have another downside in addition to having all that extra time to drink before the game. Afterward, people aren’t as interested in cleaning up because it’s already after midnight. A lot of folks just want to go to bed. Or pass out.

Starring Don Knotts as Barney Fife

November 19th, 2009
8:40 am

I have been commissioned to handle the trash problem & nip it in the bud. I will bring Deputy Warren Ferguson and deputize the following: Floyd the Barber, Gomer, Goober, Jud & Otis Campbell. That will be the left flank. Steve McGarrett, get Kam Fong & the rest of your posse to handle the right flank. Sheriff Lobo, take Deputy Perkins and the rest of your posse & take the middle. Also, check ID’s & confiscate all & any liquor. 23 arrests for underage drinking is pitiful. I could do all that by myself. Otis, you’re on duty-no sneaking a nip.

John

November 19th, 2009
8:41 am

If we went back to playing most home games at noon or 1:00, there would be less time for trash to collect. In my time as a student (late 80’s) kickoff for home games was 1:00. We barely had time to shake off the hangover from Friday night let alone pack up stuff to tailgate on Saturday morning. No more cops, no fees for tailgating…just start the game earlier. The tailgates I go to these days have none of these worries.

Hey, Wayneah...

November 19th, 2009
8:41 am

Your sugggestions re: the large parking lots controlled by the Athletic Association for large dollar contributors is spot on – only and additional $1000 for that privilege is not going to get it – it takes a minimum $2500 donation to get a parking pass from them!

Bad dog

November 19th, 2009
8:41 am

At UGA games the tailgaters ARE the trash

Sorry, John...

November 19th, 2009
8:43 am

… but the university does not control the start times – when they and the SEC accepted ESPN’s money they gave up the right to set start times for the games – it is all about the dollar!

JR

November 19th, 2009
8:45 am

Last Saturday was my first tailgating experience on the North Campus (I attended Ga Tech & my wife UGA). Beautiful area, but by gametime it looked like Woodstock ‘69. Not enough trashcans, too few portalets, and too many people who didn’t seem to care. To compare, earlier this year I was at Ole Miss in the Grove and there is no comparison. Hundreds of portolets and trash collected throughout the tailgating time, and people who did care about their campus. UGA could learn something from the way Ole Miss handles gameday. To make a bad situation worse, we left our chairs and empty coolers at our tent while at the game and returned to find them gone. I guess I should know better, but I’ve never had that problem in Oxford.

not a southern drunk

November 19th, 2009
8:46 am

we keep clean the things we feel worth while and important. require a diploma and the crowds would be less, or switch UGA game days to Sunday at lunch and most(75000 red neck fans) of the problem will be at NASCAR.

Val B

November 19th, 2009
8:48 am

Sickening. And what an indictment of UGA fans, alumni, and students. Why does it surprise anyone that so many players have arrest records.

Robert

November 19th, 2009
8:48 am

We party hard on the southside near steagman and never trash the place. We always leave it cleaner when we leave then when we get there. GO Dawgs and take the cats and jackets to the trash pile.

rayfield Brown

November 19th, 2009
8:50 am

what you need to do is PUT DIPSY DUMPSTERS UP THERE DURING THE GAME. Put the garbage trucks on stand by around town. BUT you have a Rhodes Scholar running things(Adams) so none of this will happen.

Also the bum’s around Athens wait till people go the games and pilfer thru the trash for beer and food throwing stuff on the ground out of the trash cans. GET dumpsters. get dumpsters get dumpsters

not a southern drunk

November 19th, 2009
8:52 am

I’m telling ya…..if Ga were to play during the Race on Sunday and no red necks would show up …problem solved!

SadDawg

November 19th, 2009
8:53 am

Yeah, BD, but we can clean up. You, on the other hand, will always be ugly and lonely. That is all.

SUPER DAWG

November 19th, 2009
8:54 am

I saw the trash late Saturday night and knew it would be in the papers. Walking through these areas before the game I was surprised that the No Alcohol area was full of people drinking. There were police standing close by and it seemed everyone had a alcoholic beverage in their hand. Why have the area if you are not going to enforce it?

Bandwagon

November 19th, 2009
8:56 am

you could put 10 cube dumpsters all over campus for game day and they wouldn’t be used. If they don’t care now why would they care then.
You can party and have fun without trashing your campus but I’m afraid that take people with class. Those Dog fans that have them should not be coward into being quiet, if it bothers you SPEAK UP ON SATURDAYS!!!!!