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N.C. State Eases Tailgating Rules

Posted August 31, 2007

— Strict rules on tailgating at North Carolina State University home football games were put into place after two people were shot and killed before a game in 2004.

Three years later, some of those rules are being relaxed.

Tailgating will be allowed five hours before kick-off instead of four. To keep the partying from getting out of control, no kegs are allowed.

Campus police said they saw an increase during the first two weeks of the school year in students arrested for driving while intoxicated.

Three students were charged with DUI. That's compared to none during the same time period last year. Fifteen students were caught drinking underage – four times the number in 2006.

“The university police department has become very aggressive in enforcing alcohol violations on campus,” said NCSU Police Chief Tom Younce.

Younce said it's not that more students are drinking necessarily. It is just easier for his officers to catch underage drinkers, thanks to a new state law.

“We can administer breath tests to people we believe have consumed alcohol and are under the age,” he said.

In years past, someone had to see you drinking. If you tried to decline the test, you could still be charged.

Not every student thinks the new rules are all bad.

“It is kind of a good idea, because I can see how things can get out of hand,” said NCSU junior John Wendel.

Another new addition to tailgating will be student volunteers on the grounds. School officials said they will not be enforcing rules as much as helping those going to the game find their way around.

Beginning this year, all new students to N.C. State must take an online course teaching about the dangers of alcohol.

The kick-off for N.C. State's game against the University of Central Florida is set for 6 p.m. Saturday.


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  • findoutthefacts Sep 2, 2007

    Conference USA just rocked your world!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Just my thought Sep 1, 2007

    Is the NCSU football game on tv tonight?

  • PACKFAN08 Aug 31, 2007

    The rules were made strictor, because people not in Carter-Finley parking area, and none of those people, even had a ticket to the game. BAMM!!!!

    Go 'Pack!!!

  • turkeydance Aug 31, 2007

    inadequate porta-potties: agree with Bulldog.
    that's the reason you don't walk between cars.
    never know what you'll step into.
    especially wearing flip-flops.

  • stategal99 Aug 31, 2007

    Can't wait for tomorrow! Go Pack!

    And I agree about the porter potty comment!

  • wlfpak03 Aug 31, 2007

    GO PACK !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • keiott Aug 31, 2007

    an increase in DUI's on campus so we need to allow more time for tailgating. Anyone have a DD for thier tailgate party? Hope so

  • Bulldog78 Aug 31, 2007

    If State really wants to make things better, it should rent about 300 more porta-toilets, dedicate more of them as female-only and rope them off accordingly, encourage students to use toilets instead of going between cars, and take away arrest anyone student or nonstudent if they urinate in public.

  • Gandalf The White Aug 31, 2007

    Wolfpack in daaaaaaa HOUSE!

    Looking forward to tomorrows game. Have been a season ticket holder for years and really wanna see how this team is shaping up. Four or five hours don't bother the group I go with since we do a bring pot luck dish and anything we need to cook on grill doesn’t take as long as a whole hog would. Nothing beats a Saturday with some good friends, great food, cold beer and college football. I am glad they have not gotten rid of the halftime pass outs. Though I am sure it’s only a matter of time or 1 bad incident and that will get canned. Go State!!!

  • caraannlan Aug 31, 2007