New student tailgating rules are in effect for ’08 football season

A new tailgating policy at Western Carolina University will be in effect beginning this fall football season, with designated tailgating areas for students, Catamount Club members, returning alumni and visiting fans.

The most significant change in tailgating focuses on a permit process for those students who are of legal drinking age and want to host tailgating activities that include consumption of alcoholic beverages. Students hosting tailgating activities involving alcohol must register and purchase a permit for each home game.

A full-season tailgating permit costs $120 for the six home games, or students can purchase a one-game permit for $25. All proceeds from the sale of permits will be used to offset the expenses associated with safety and security services.

“We believe the new tailgating policy provides a framework and process that helps us make progress on three priorities,” said Sam Miller, WCU vice chancellor for student affairs. “It builds a positive foundation for the growth of tailgating in the future; it reminds our students of their responsibilities during tailgating activities; and most importantly, it enhances the safety of tailgating for our students.”

Student tailgating permits are available in the administrative offices of A.K. Hinds University Center. For more information, call (828) 227-7206.