MU has designated a new space for students to tailgate during Tiger football games this fall.
The semantics seem a little off here.
The lot at the corner of Rollins Street and Maryland Avenue will be divided into 52 reservable tailgating areas for student organizations.
The agreement between the Missouri Students Association and the university to designate a student lot for tailgating, however, came with a number of conditions:
- Reserved spaces are only available for student organizations.
- Vehicles are not allowed in the lot.
- The lot opens four hours before kickoff and will be closed at kickoff.
- Everything must be cleared from the lot three hours after the game.
- No glass, kegs, coolers over 70 quarts, hard alcohol, sharing of alcohol or excessive drinking are permitted.
“The big compromise we made was no cars involved,” said Ben Hansen, director of the MSA Department of Student Activities.
Tim Noce, MSA president, said banning vehicles would prevent much of the misbehavior that occurred at former hotspots “Frat Pit” and Reactor Field. "Frat Pit" was at the northeast corner of Champions Drive and Providence Road.
One of the benefits of the pedestrian-only tailgate is that people will cut down on drinking and driving, Noce said.
Students can be dropped off on Rollins near the parking lot in a five-minute loading zone, Noce said.
In the new lot, organizations will have permits for specific spots, which Noce said would make it easier to identify the source of a problem. The spots are roughly the size of two standard parking spaces.
“Having spot reservations increases accountability,” he said.
Individuals and organizations that misbehave will be dealt with immediately.
To ensure that behavioral problems are addressed, the MU Police Department will patrol the lot.
“Be prepared to show your ID,” Hansen said.
Despite the restrictions, Noce believes students will embrace the new tailgating area.
“I’m confident that a lot of students will be attracted to this,” he said.
After “Frat Pit” and Reactor Field were closed, “students lost ownership of school spirit,” Noce said.
Although only student organizations are authorized to reserve the 52 spots, Noce said all MU students and guests are welcome.
“Just about any student can come in and hang out,” he said.
Because of the expected influx of students to the new lot, Hansen said some people who previously parked there will have to park elsewhere.
Parking for the new tailgate area will be available at the Virginia Avenue, Turner Avenue and Conley Avenue garages.
Student organizations can begin reserving tailgating spots Monday at thejungle.missouri.edu*.
The first home game is Sept. 11 against McNeese State.