May 31, 2013
CARBONDALE, Ill. - This is the latest installment of our monthly feature called, "Ask the AD." If you have questions for Saluki Director of Athletics Mario Moccia, feel free to submit them by e-mail.
If I wanted to bring a motorhome to the home football games and park it somewhere on campus near the stadium to set up a tailgate situation for family and friends, is that possible? Is there a specific location that is designated for this, or is it first come first serve, or not allowed at all?
Fans with motorhomes or RVs are always welcome at Saluki Tailgates. Your question is perfectly timed! Our Game Operations staff has started discussions with the Department of Public Safety to update and improve our policy on the specifics of large vehicle parking for tailgating, so stay tuned! It is important to note that overnight camping is not allowed on campus in any parking lot, and that policy is unlikely to change. We will keep you abreast of our new RV policy once it is approved, and it will be posted on the University's tailgating policy page (http://www.dps.siu.edu/police_tailgate.htm).
I'd like to take this opportunity to clarify our policies on "tailgating" as it relates to controlling and ensuring safe alcohol consumption on campus. In my discussions with our Associate Athletic Director Andy Pettit, and Director of Public Safety Todd Sigler, the two main tenets of our policy are as follows:
-- Lots open for tailgating (food, fellowship, safe and legal alcohol consumption) 5 hours prior to kick-off and ends at game time.
-- Tailgating (alcohol consumption) will not resume after the game.
In the past three years at Saluki Stadium, traffic has almost always been cleared in less than 30 minutes after the conclusion of every game. During that time, Saluki Athletics and the Department of Public Safety have no objections to groups waiting out the traffic while they enjoy a couple of brats, but will restrict the consumption of post-game alcohol. All lots will be cleared one hour after the conclusion of the game.