College Campus Tailgating Likely To Be Canceled For This Season
If you think the 2020 college football season is in trouble because of COVID-19, wait until you try and set up for or go to a tailgate party.
They simply won’t be happening. If you can’t even get into the stadium for games, there is no way school officials will allow tailgating. Certainly not official tailgates with tents set up on campus, grills cooking meats and cocktails being consumed at a rate that eclipses that of Big 12 teams scoring touchdowns.
If you are one of the lucky few who has tickets to a game – many schools are limiting stadium capacity to 25% – you can likely let down your truck tailgate or pop open your truck in order to pop open a beer or have a drink in your parking spot. Or if you are a student or staying in a hotel, you should be able to walk around campus with a “concealed cocktail.”
And, depending on the rules of the city, county or state, it’s probably okay enjoy a few pre-game (as well as post-game) drinks at college bars near the stadium. Or even if you’re in the area and want to pop over there to get some semblance of the atmosphere of a college football Saturday.
But there won’t be any continuous “Hottie Toddie” chants at The Grove, female students held up in of frat houses doing keg stands, bands marching through campus, fans lined up to greet the football players as they walk into the stadium and all the other elements that make college football such as a spectacular spectacle.
Heck, there won’t be any fans of opposing teams to heckle as they “invade” your campus. And after the friendly heckling, to have beer with them. (Especially after the game if your team wins.)
So packed stadiums, pre-game tailgate parties and lively college bars and perhaps even some long-standing traditions such as the University of Tennessee Pride of the Southland Band’s “Salute to the Hill” are all going to missing from college football in 2020.
Even if the games are played in the first place.