BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - LSU officials are looking into changes that could impact the way tailgates are handled for student organizations at Death Valley.
Maria Fuentes-Martin, the LSU Dean of Students, will host a town hall Tuesday and Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. in the LSU Student Union to allow students to voice their concerns about the possible changes.
If the changes go through, LSU student organizations would be required to register tailgate events with the university and would only allow folding chairs and collapsible tables into the tailgating areas. Plots of land would be assigned to the organizations on a first come, first served basis.
Organizations would need to set up their tailgate area the day before the game, with the grounds opening at 8 a.m. on gameday, closing one hour before kickoff.
The proposed changes would ban glass bottles, drinking games encouraging fast alcohol consumption, and "common sources" of alcohol like kegs, punch bowls, and tubs.
LSU is proposing three options for students looking to drink alcohol at organization-sponsored tailgates:
- The current policy, which would require organizations hosting a tailgate to use a pre-approved 3rd party in order to serve alcohol.
- Student organizations could work with LSU to establish a bar area that would sell alcoholic drinks to students 21 and older, handing out wristbands with a maximum drink limit.
- Organizations would be allowed an exemption from the first to options, and tailgate-goers would be allowed to bring their own beverages (BYOB) to the tailgate. However, shared alcohol containers and glass would still be banned.
An online survey was established to allow students to voice their opinions. That survey can be found HERE.