New Student Tailgate Spot Off To Slow Start

8 years 2 months 4 weeks ago Saturday, September 11 2010 Sep 11, 2010 Saturday, September 11, 2010 10:05:19 PM CDT September 11, 2010 in News

COLUMBIA - MU's football home opener brings the first weekend for the new official student tailgating spot on campus, but only a handful students showed up to the lot.

Anyone can tailgate in the lot, located next to Stankowski Field, but only student organizations can reserve a spot in the lot.

Natasha Desai's group signed up for a spot with hopes of meeting new friends from other student organizations.

"We say this, we thought we'd try it out. You know, we wanted to kind of help it be a success for the first time," Desai says.

Hard alcohol, kegs, and vehicles are not allowed, but beer is allowed for students of age. A fleet of MU Police officers circled the perimeter to make sure these rules are enforced.

"I do think it's definitely a little bit of a deterant, but at the same time I also think the people that that's there only excuse because, you know, the alcohol policy, I think that's really a smokescreen because you know, almost at no tailgate do you roll in a keg or you have handles of liquor, you go and have a few beers with your friends," says Tim Noce, president of the Missouri Students Association.

Other students say they would rather tailgate at other spots on campus because of convenience.

"I don't know if there's a lot of paperwork involved," says student Michael Henderson, "but I just don't want to go through all the paperwork of signing my organization up to be a part of that when I can just come here."

Noce says organizers will work to make that process more well known in the coming weeks to amp up student attendance.

The lot opens to students and their guests four hourse before kickoff, and tailgaters have to clear out three hours after the end of the game.

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