9/1/2004

Contact: Lynn Bretz, University Relations, (785) 864-8866, lbretz@ku.edu.

4 activities to benefit from 'Proud to Be a Jayhawk' tailgating fund-raiser

LAWRENCE -- Four University of Kansas activities will benefit when the 2004 "Proud to Be a Jayhawk" tailgating fund-raising promotion at home football games gets under way at 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 4.

The four activities are KU's Korean War Memorial Fund, the KU Spirit Squad, the KU Sports Clubs and the Nichols League student leadership fund. One dollar from every KU football program sold goes to assist the four activities.

"We're so pleased to have responsible tailgating as part of the great atmosphere around Memorial Stadium," said Jim Marchiony, KU associate athletics director. "I hope that even those fans who don't tailgate will consider buying a KU football program to lend support to the worthwhile activities promoted by our 'Proud to Be a Jayhawk' initiative."

Although Memorial Stadium gates open at 1 p.m. for a pre-game promotional showing of a KU men's basketball Canadian exhibition game, tailgating with alcohol may not begin until 3 p.m. -- the requisite three hours before kickoff.

Consistent with Board of Regents and KU policies, alcohol can be consumed by individuals of legal age during this official fund-raising event in the designated area and only during the specified three-hour period before kickoff. A map of the designated area is available online.

The tailgating guidelines:

* Alcohol may be consumed only during a three-hour period before kickoff in the designated tailgating area.

* Underage drinking, disorderly conduct or other unlawful conduct will not be tolerated.

* No kegs or other containers with a capacity greater than 1 gallon may be brought into this area. Fans are strongly encouraged not to use or bring glass containers.

* Alcohol may not be brought into Memorial Stadium.

Last season, $3,352 raised by the tailgating promotion went to the KU Marching Band, the KU Sports Clubs, the Korean War Memorial and Student Leadership programs. This is the fourth home football season to feature the tailgating fund-raiser.

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