Tailgating lot gets new name, new rules

Wednesday, August 17, 2011 | 1:52 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — New rules. New name. Same place.

The Jungle, a designated tailgating lot for students, has been renamed the EndZone for this football season. The revamped tailgating event is sponsored by the Missouri Students Association and the Graduate Professional Council.

Katie Bickley, director of student activities for the Missouri Students Association, said the Jungle provided a foundation for the idea of the EndZone but that rules this year would be “a lot more laid back and flexible.”

It has been determined, after a meeting with the MU Police Department, there will be "no need for officers to be stationed at the event," MSA/GPC Tailgating Director Corey Jenkins said in an email.

MU police officers that normally patrol campus on game days "are more than capable of handling any situation that gets out of hand," Jenkins said in the email, but otherwise, EndZone staff will handle incidents within the tailgate.

Last year, five MU police officers were assigned to the Jungle, and coupled with low event attendance, the number of cops standing around gave students a "bad vibe," Jenkins said in the email.

Changes for the EndZone, located on lot CG-17 at the corner of Rollins Street and Tiger Avenue, include free admission and parking for $5 per vehicle.

The Missouri Students Association wanted to make sure the new event would focus on the culture of tailgating, Bickley said. “On game day, people want to have fun," she said, “They want to drink with friends and family and they want to eat barbecue. The EndZone is definitely a prime location.”

According to the EndZone website, tailgating will begin four hours before kickoff. Tailgaters will be required to leave the lot by the end of the first quarter; vehicles can be left until the game ends.

Rules on tailgating at the EndZone include:

  • Fans can drink cans of beer, but glass containers, hard alcohol, kegs and drinking games aren’t allowed.
  • Propane grills are limited to 20-pound tanks.
  • Parking will be available on a first-come, first-served basis for $5 per vehicle. There are 35 parking spots available.
  • Non-MU students can attend but must be accompanied by at least one student during entry.
  • A group of three of more students is required to reserve a spot.

Reserved spaces will include five chairs, a table and a tent. There will also be free food and drinks available for tailgaters who reserved space.

The event will provide students with a safe, close place to tailgate Kristofferson Culmer, president of the Graduate Professional Council, said.

The EndZone will debut at MU’s first home game versus Miami (Ohio) on Sept. 3.

Mizzou fans can reserve a spot at the EndZone website.

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