As many fans had feared, the pigs who continued to trash UGA’s North Campus on football Saturdays despite warnings from the school’s administration have pretty much killed off tailgating as it’s traditionally known in that area.
UGA announced new tailgating guidelines today that limit access to the traditional quads on North Campus to four hours before kickoff and ban tents, kegs, generators, televisions, amplified music, grills or cookers of any type, tables larger than 4 feet long and household furniture (folding chairs not included).
If you can imagine tailgating without any of that — spreading a tablecloth on the ground like an old-fashioned picnic — then you’ll be alright. Otherwise, the search will be on for new places to party before a home game.
The tailgaters who abused the campus and those who stood by and watched them have no one to blame but themselves. The tons of trash left on the university grounds and the urinating in inappropriate places (which already had caused the locking of buildings on game days to keep the idiots from using stairwells as toilets) could not be allowed to continue.
In a statement on its Gameday Gameplan Web site, UGA said a committee that was convened to deal with the problem “sought solutions that would maintain the long tradition of tailgating at UGA, but at a level more compatible with the historic buildings and grounds on North Campus. The consistently high traffic and negative impact to this historic area on game days led many in the public to call for a complete ban on tailgating in the area, while others called for increased regulations. The committee took into account the multitude of letters and e-mails from fans and alumni, the wealth of media coverage from the 2009 season and the physical costs involved in protecting this historic and treasured University of Georgia landmark.”
Those planning on moving their parties to the nearest UGA parking lot should think again. In order to accommodate the increased fan traffic that will hit those lots, UGA says, it also is instituting a few changes in parking regulations throughout the campus. Those include: no pull-behind items (trailers, cookers, etc.) on game days, no golf carts or ATVs and no parking on sidewalks (expanded to include Carlton Street). Additionally, the ban on setting up tailgates (tents, tables, etc.) in parking spaces controlled by the athletic association will be re-emphasized.
Congratulations, morons. You’ve ruined it for everyone.