AU Announces Football Game Tailgating Rules

Auburn, Ala.--Auburn University has announced changes in campus parking and tailgating regulations that will be implemented for the 2002 football season.

In a public relations news release, university officials contend the changes will add more than 1,650 parking spaces on campus and will improve the conditions for tailgating on campus this year. Additional reasons for the change, AU officials say, are to improve the safety of fans attending the game and protect university buildings and grounds. AU officials say that additional security measures are required because of the potential threat of terrorism at major college athletic events.

"We have to do more to ensure the safety and security of everyone on campus in all situations while maintaining our football game traditions," Auburn University President William F. Walker said in an announcement of the new policy. "These changes will guarantee that the traditions of Auburn game day will continue for all Auburn faithful. We encourage our alumni, fans and visitors to come to campus, and we ask for your cooperation so that we all enjoy football on the Plains."

Among the changes announced are:

*The establishment of six parking areas for vehicles with two specifically for recreational vehicles. A shuttle service to and from the stadium will run for fans who park on South Donahue Drive in the area of the Ham Wilson Arena. New RV lots will be set up next to the Nichols ROTC Center and Wallace Center as well as behind Max Morris Drill Field.

*The university will ban recreational vehicles from the center of campus that it defines as inside a perimeter outlined by Magnolia Avenue, College Street, Samford Avenue and Donahue Drive.

*Tailgaters will not be allowed to use stakes, ropes other material to mark off individual tailgating areas until after 4 p.m. the day prior to a football game.

*The university announced that it will set up vehicle-free "green spaces" for picnicking and tailgating with picnic tables and benches at Graves Amphitheater, Cary Hall lawn and Cater Hall lawn. Other vehicle-free "green spaces" will be in front of the Nichols ROTC Center and Wallace Center; the corner of Mell Street and Roosevelt Drive; the corner of Magnolia Avenue and Donahue Drive and the lawn area between Sewell Hall and Plainsman Park. The decision to develop "green spaces" is part of a master plan that calls for the development of a pedestrian-friendly core campus.

The university also announced that there will be hot charcoal containers to dispose of coals from tailgate cookouts. In addition, university officials announced there will be eight temporary restroom modular buildings to be added for fans to use on game days because most campus buildings will be locked on game days. The exceptions are Beard-Eaves Memorial Coliseum, the Athletic Complex, Foy Student Union, the Alumni Center, the AU Hotel & Dixon Conference Center, Dudley Commons, Engineering Shop 1 (ground floor), Facilities Division Building 5, the Intramural Field House, the Old Physical Plant Building, Parker Hall (east end only), Mary Martin Hall, Draughon Library, Ham Wilson Arena, Plainsman Park and Haley Center (until kickoff). Jordan-Hare Stadium will open two hours before game time.

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