If contemplating kegs, hard liquor or glass bottles, tailgaters
may be forced to reconsider.
“We enforce things for safety and I don’t apologize for that,”
said Capt. Bob Chaffee of CSU Police Department. “No glass, no
kegs, no beer that’s not 3.2, these have been the rules since as
long as I can remember.”
CSUPD is on a mission to educate and enforce existing tailgating
laws, but the actual importance of tailgating to the football games
has become increasingly controversial.
Tailgaters must have their parties broken down 30 minutes prior
to game time so they can be seated in the stadium prior to kick
“The tailgating is not the event,” Chaffee said.
Tailgaters who are issued a permit may have up to 50 individuals
while those who do not attain a permit can only have up to 25.
Parties are getting a bit out of control in the eyes of CSUPD.
“What’s slowly happened is that because we only have 40 to 50
officers to manage the entire game we haven’t really been paying as
much attention,” Chaffee said. “And it slowly has crept back into
the beer bottles and slowly has crept into the kegs and the hard
liquor. It is time for the pendulum to swing the other way.”
Serving those already intoxicated or underage, using charcoal
grills or having bonfires are also activities off-limits to CSU
tailgaters, and CSUPD has no problem punishing violators.
“We don’t go out desiring to spank anybody,” Chaffee said. “If
you go out there knowing better I don’t have any apologies for
spanking you if you deserve it, its just a part of life.”
No matter how hard CSUPD tries some students may refuse to
“I think even if the cops explain the rules to me I won’t comply
with them because there’s thousands of us getting wasted,” said CSU
sophomore Cody Bride. “They should just leave us alone.”
Gary Ozello, assistant athletic director for CSU, encourages
responsible tailgating but also recognizes that it is an important
asset to the football experience.
“When you come to a CSU game, the game is only a small portion
of the event,” Ozello said. “I think it’s one of the things you
look at when you consider the pageantry of the event.”
Most seem to hope that tailgating regulations won’t eventually
lead to the termination of tailgates altogether.
“I think that most are responsible and very few make it
difficult,” Ozello said. “The unfortunate thing is that an
irresponsible few can ruin it for everybody – we hope it won’t ever
get to that point.”