UTEP has some silly rules regulating tailgaters for their home football games.
How silly? Well, their final two home games begin at 1 p.m., but I haven't seen anything saying they have backed off their main rule: No tailgating or tailgating set-up on Inner Campus prior to 12 noon.
So, I hope you can eat fast this Saturday tailgaters! Not only can you not tailgate before noon for the 1 p.m. kickoff versus UAB, but don't forget another one of UTEP's rules: "Tailgating
will cease at the end of the 1st quarter with all participants required
to enter the stadium or leave university property at this time."
So, you think, with a game that early, you'll just celebrate the victory with a fun, post-game tailgate? Not so fast, my friend. Another UTEP rule: "All fans must leave university property one hour after the conclusion of the game."
Sometimes I wonder if the UTEP administration really wants football fans on their campus at all.
I recently attended a tailgate at a school that will remain nameless where we ate and drank for hours before the game, ran out for some refreshments at halftime, then celebrated the Jayhawk (Oops!) victory for hours after the game. All things UTEP won't allow its fans to do.
UTEP needs to respect its fans and let them enjoy themselves without all the silly stipulations.