August 30, 2001

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Contact: Doug Vance, KU Athletics, (785) 864-3470

University unveils responsible tailgating initiative

LAWRENCE -- The University of Kansas today invited Jayhawk fans to participate in a new fund-raising promotion, "Proud to be a Jayhawk," at designated tailgating lots during the football season. The season begins Saturday with the Kansas vs. Southwest Missouri State game.

"After listening to the concerns of Jayhawk alumni, students, faculty and staff, I have approved, on a trial basis, the establishment of designated tailgating areas around the stadium," Chancellor Robert Hemenway said.

"We are dealing openly and honestly with the issues of alcohol attached to tailgating. We will assess the effects of this experiment throughout the season. I ask the Jayhawk community, young and old, to demonstrate that we can support a festive, college football environment that all Jayhawks can take pride in."

Fans are invited to bring their picnics and tailgate in the designated areas outside of the stadium. Food tents, concession stands, and entertainment will be provided.

Tailgating participants will be encouraged to donate to a "Proud to be a Jayhawk" fund to benefit the KU Marching Band. Other KU traditions and programs may be targeted for the fund-raising program in the future.

"Tailgating is a tradition at college campuses around the nation. I am pleased that we will be able to move forward with a responsible tailgating initiative at KU," said Allen Bohl, director of athletics.

The following guidelines will be instituted:

 • Consistent with Board of Regents and university policies, alcohol may be consumed at university-sponsored fund-raising events. Tailgating participants will be encouraged to donate to the '"Proud to be a Jayhawk' fund benefiting KU traditions and programs. Total funds raised will be announced at the end of the season.
 • A perimeter around 10 parking lots adjacent to Memorial Stadium will designate Proud to be a Jayhawk tailgating areas.
 • Alcohol may be consumed only during a three-hour period before kickoff in the designated areas. Kickoff for Saturday's game is 6 p.m.
 • Underage drinking, disorderly conduct or other unlawful conduct will not be tolerated.
 • No kegs or other containers with a capacity greater than one gallon may be brought into the area.
 • Fans are strongly encouraged not to use or bring glass containers.
 • No alcohol will be sold in the tailgating areas, in Memorial Stadium or elsewhere on the KU campus.
 • Individuals on foot will be allowed to bring their picnics into the designated tailgating areas.
 • Alcohol may not be brought into the stadium.
 • Consumption of alcohol will not be permitted outside of the designated tailgating areas.
 • In accordance with NCAA recommendations for responsible tailgating, a "no re-entry policy" will go into effect at the stadium. With the exception of personal emergencies, fans will not be allowed to re-enter the stadium if they go out at halftime or any time during the game.

Athletic department representatives and public safety officers will be in the tailgating areas to remind individuals of the guidelines. Any problems will be addressed immediately. At the end of the season, the initiative will be evaluated and a decision made whether to continue it next year.

"I ask our fans to show they are proud to be Jayhawks and to help us build a safe, fun and festive tradition of tailgating," Bohl said.

Concession stands serving nonalcoholic beverages and food will be provided outside Memorial Stadium for each home game. Athletic department officials have scheduled appearances by rock bands, the KU Pep Band and Spirit Squad, and area radio stations to entertain fans. The Lawrence Area Chamber of Commerce will be awarding prizes to the group judged as the most responsible tailgaters at each home game.


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