COLUMBIA — MU's desolate student tailgating spot will undergo changes this weekend to increase participation.
The Jungle will be open to all students Saturday when the Tigers take on Miami University of Ohio. Previously, only student organizations could reserve the lot.
Tim Noce, president of the Missouri Student Association, said the new rules are meant to welcome more students to the tailgate.
“We know not all student organizations are socially driven," Noce said. "The lot is still open to organizations, but we are widening the spectrum.”
Turnout for The Jungle was low for the Tigers' first two home games. There was also confusion about the rules since it was a school-associated event.
“Some thought alcohol wasn’t allowed and that’s not true,” Noce said. “There is not much that separates this tailgate from the others.”
Other changes going into effect this weekend include:
- One car will be allowed on the lot per organization. Previously, no cars were allowed.
- Glass is still not allowed, but courtesy cups will be provided for tailgaters who have beverages in glass containers.
- Wristbands are not mandatory. Wristbands entitle the people wearing them to some of the perks such as games and food at the tailgate, but they are not required to enter.
Even with the expected increase in attendance, MU Police Captain Brian Weimer said police will not change how they patrol The Jungle.
"There is still the same number of spaces," Weimer said.
The changes won’t alter the original goal of making The Jungle a safe and fun tailgate for students, but Noce said he hopes the changes will move the tailgate lot in a positive direction.
“Although we have seen an increase in the weeks since starting The Jungle, we really hope this gets students going and geared up to reserve spots for conference games.”
Spots can be reserved for all remaining home games at the Information Desk in the Center for Student Involvement on the second floor of the Student Center.