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Old 12-08-2014, 06:37 PM   #1
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College Football tailgaiting

Would like to revisit an older thread about tailgating at NCAA football games.

We bought our old motorhome 10 years ago so the DW would have a nice clean potty at the ASU tailgate parties. Five years later, we gave up our season tickets in total disgust. The University was thrilled to get my $2,500/year booster money, but had some very restrictive ideas about the use of RVs to tailgate. In fact, the University frowns on tailgating in general.

Parking lots open 3.5 hours before kick-off. No charcoal, no beer, and fun is seriously frowned upon. All vehicles must leave the parking lots before mid-night (7:00 PM kickoff).

We like away games as other universities do not seem to be quite as uptight as ASU. I attended ASU in the early 70's when Playboy labeled us the number 1 party school in the country. Now, you can't even drink a beer before the game.

Let's hear how other schools do it and I'll send the ASU administration some 21st century ideas!!

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Old 12-08-2014, 06:52 PM   #2
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At Iowa State the RV tailgating is done in large paved university lots that are adjacent to the stadium. The RV lots are within 200 feet from the entrance gate. The RV lots open at 8 AM on Friday for a Saturday game. You have to leave the lots by afternoon on Sunday but that is loosely enforced. The lots are lighted and patrolled by both campus security and ROTC. The RV lots are separate from the other donor tailgating lots.

In the RV lots, fires are permitted in elevated fireplaces and alcohol is permitted. To qualify for a season RV pass in the stadium lots you have to be a season ticket holder and at a certain donation level per year. The pass then is $100 per season. It is a blast and there is room for 400-500 RV's in just the stadium donor RV lots.

In addition, there are other RV lots at various university centers within walking distance of the stadium, if that is preferred. The rules for those lots are the same as the stadium lots except you don't have to leave until Sunday night.

There is also a huge private RV tailgating farm about a 1/4 mi from the stadium. Being private, you can arrive for a Saturday game on Wednesday and bonfires, alcohol, and good times are allowed. You don't have to leave until Monday at noon. All RV lots are full for every game and there is a waiting list for RV passes. Fun for the whole family!
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Old 12-08-2014, 07:12 PM   #3
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WVU has a great RV policy. Of course, the passes in the lots near the stadium go to members of the boosters (MAC) for the big bucks. For Saturday games, you can pull in Friday evening and don't have to leave until Sunday morning. I'm not sure about fires but have seen grills and smokers cranking away.

The university also opens the coliseum parking lot (basketball venue) for the same hours. Its first come first served for $80 for the weekend. A shuttle bus is available for a lift to the game, but it is not too far of a walk either. You do have to check for a late season game, because if the BB team is playing an early home game, the coliseum lot is not open for RVs.

These weekday games throw everything off. The stadium shares the parking with the medical center, so weekday games have a revised policy.

From the looks of things, alcohol use is mandatory!
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Old 12-08-2014, 07:35 PM   #4
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We have a rv spot at all the Carolina Gamecock home Football games We get to go in the day before the game and leave the day after the game
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Old 12-08-2014, 07:54 PM   #5
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We reserved a RV spot a couple of years ago for a Notre Dame at Oklahoma game. Oklahoma had a great set up at the basketball arena parking lot for rv's. You could arrive starting at 9:00 am Friday for a Saturday evening game and stay until late morning on Sunday. They had shuttles to and from the stadium, children's activities on Friday night, and a fantastic atmosphere. We went there as Notre Dame fans. We had a big group tailgating at our MH on Saturday. That weekend we learned that Oklahoma fans are great,and had a wonderful time that weekend. They announced that it was a record RV weekend for that game. I think the cost was $60 for the weekend. I recommend Oklahoma as a great RV tailgate location!!!!!
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Old 12-09-2014, 09:55 AM   #6
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Since ASU colors are a lot like Iowa State's we may have to change loyalties. Love the RV set-up!!

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