MWSU Considering Tailgating Policy for Football Saturdays

MWSU Considering Tailgating Policy for Football Saturdays

At the board's monthly meeting on Thursday, members discussed a plan to loosen the rules about alcohol on campus for football Saturdays. A draft has been completed that would formalize a tailgating policy.
(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) Missouri Western's Board of Governors is considering a change in the way people will enjoy Griffon football games this fall.

At the board's monthly meeting on Thursday, members discussed a plan to loosen the rules about alcohol on campus for football Saturdays.

A draft has been completed that would formalize a tailgating policy.

Staff members say this would better structure drinking on campus both before and after games, which they know is already going on. The plan would include allowing alcohol in three of the parking lots closest to Spratt Stadium.

University police say enforcement issues will be a little more difficult, in regards to making sure no underage drinking is going on. But, the athletic department says this is all part of turning Griffon games into bigger events.

"You're there from four hours before from when the gates open until after the game," said MWSU Athletic Director Kurt McGuffin. "We've seen a lot of groups on campus and also donors and season ticket holders that really want this and we want people on our campus."

Eight out of 14 schools in the MIAA Conference currently have alcohol and tailgating policies.

McGuffin says MWSU is modeling its policy after Pittsburg State, Fort Hays State and Northwest Missouri State University.

The Board of Governors will review the proposed plan. The group is scheduled to look at it again in two weeks.

Missouri Western's first home game is September 14.
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