The alcohol ban at Sonny Lubick Field at Hughes Stadium has been
a controversial topic among Rams since CSU President Larry Penley
announced it on Sept. 9.
“I wish it didn’t have to be this way but I understand that
people aren’t responsible enough to handle that privilege,” said
Jenn Mullins, senior art major.
For two weeks, Ram fans have continued to find a way to drink
despite the new rule.
“It’d frustrating to be of legal age and not be able to buy
beer. Underage drinkers can still tailgate and it’s only making it
worse,” Dana Lamm, a junior speech communication major said.
Saturday’s game against Minnesota was fairly uneventful from a
law enforcement perspective and Capt. Bob Chaffee of the CSU Police
Department believes it had “a lot to do with the time of the game.”
Saturday’s game was at 1 p.m., giving students little time to
tailgate. Saturday’s Homecoming game against Brigham Young
University is scheduled to kick off at 8 p.m., and Chaffee said he
expects more tailgating.
Chaffee said he has noticed people drinking more during
tailgating before games, but alcohol-related disciplines during the
game have remained relatively average compared to last year. There
were 13 emergency incidents at the Saturday’s game, 11 of which
were alcohol related.
For each game, Poudre Valley Hospital donates three ambulances,
three to five paramedics and anywhere from three to 70 emergency
medical technicians. There is also one physician on staff during
each game at the first-aid station.
On average there are 12 to 13 incidents at the first-aid station
during the game within the first and second quarters. By halftime,
most intoxicated people have begun to sober up and there are fewer
occurrences of falling down stairs and throwing up, said Lyle Huff,
ambulance supervisor for PVH.
“Alcohol is a problem,” Huff said. “Ninety-eight percent of the
incidents are alcohol related.”
At Saturday’s game there were three emergency transports, all of
which were alcohol related.
Any student contacted by police or ejected from a football game
must give the officer his or her name and student identification
number, said Anne Hudgens, executive director of campus life. The
student receives a purple card that instructs him or her to appear
in the Conflict Resolution and Student Conduct Services office on
the Thursday following the game.
At the office the student receives a letter containing
instructions about his or her disciplinary action. All students
contacted at games will have a follow-up disciplinary procedure,
even if it is a first-time offense. First-time offenders or those
with minor infractions may receive a warning or referral to an
alcohol or other related education program.
Repeat offenders may face a disciplinary hearing and lose the
privilege of attending football games. Students with a record of
offenses may face more serious discipline, ranging anywhere from
probation to university dismissal.
CSU officials want students to enjoy the football game rather
than focus on drinking.
“Football isn’t about getting so drunk that you can’t stand,”