Capt. Bob Chaffee of the CSU Police Department is not too
worried about tailgaters at CSU football games.
The onset of riots at the start of the school year does not
indicate tailgating at football games will be problematic, Chaffee
Chaffee said there is no reason to expect a high riot risk at
Saturday’s home game vs. Minnesota.
“We’ve got a good team now and we’ve got a good university, and
I don’t think there’s any reason to expect that anything like this
will happen,” Chaffee said.
Despite a positive outlook, CSUPD remain prepared to cover all
aspects of the football game, including before and after game
A minimum of 45 to 50 police officers will be present at each
football game to help manage the event, Chaffee said.
Pre-game safety involves traffic control and tailgate
management. Several officers are also inside the stadium for
security reasons and in case of a medical emergency.
According to university event management guidelines, “any group
or organization congregating in groups of 25 or more will be
considered a ‘tailgate group’ or ‘organization.'”
These groups must apply for a Hughes Stadium Special Events
permit, available by calling the Athletics Marketing Office at
Some students do not know about this rule.
“The information should be made more public when it comes to
tailgating,” said Jon Kenczewicz, a freshman business major. “It
would be a good idea to post it in the parking lots.”
Tailgates of 25 people or more not located in the permitted
areas are likely to be broken up by police. All permitted tailgates
must end 30 minutes before kickoff.
“There is no right to have a tailgate,” Chaffee said. “It’s a
privilege to be at the game and we expect people to come to the
game and be responsible fans.”
During the game, police focus on crowd management. Some officers
stay in the parking lots to watch cars.
Officers can expect 6,000 to 9,000 cars in the parking lot on
any given game day with over 30,000 fans in the stadium.
After the game, police concentrate on traffic management and
transporting any intoxicated fans.
“Alcohol is probably the key issue that is a concern for me as a
police officer because we have so many folks who get intoxicated
and have to be treated,” Chaffee said.
Alcohol regulations are a big part of tailgate control. No glass
bottles or kegs are allowed while tailgating.
Event management guidelines also state that participants in
tailgates where alcohol is being served are subject to an ID-check
by athletic officials or CSUPD.
The guidelines only allow tailgaters to have 3.2 percent beer in
cans, and individuals who violate the alcohol policy may receive a
citation and could possibly lose tailgating privileges for the
entire football season. Students are not allowed to bring alcohol
inside Hughes Stadium.
If students sneak alcohol in to the stadium, the university
could lose its liquor license, Chaffee said.
“I hope that those (students) who don’t behave well consider the
consequences for themselves and everybody else in the student
body,” he said.
While different reasons for tailgating may appeal to fans, some
students agree that it is a good idea to follow the rules.
“I think that tailgating should be about people having fun in
their own ways,” said Shreaf Khattab, a freshman life sciences open
option major. “But if it’s public, you should respect the rights of
other tailgaters that are around.”