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SDSU students frustrated with tailgate restrictions

Posted at 6:40 PM, Aug 31, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-01 09:28:39-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - San Diego State University students were outraged with the football home opener tailgate at SDCCU Stadium Saturday.

This comes after an email was sent last October by the university declaring new rules for tailgates. It reads "students and recognized student organizations with more than 25 people in attendance are required to register for tailgating."

"People are bummed but I haven’t heard that many people upset about it," SDSU Freshman Caitlin said.

The new form requires organizations to acknowledge kegs, glassware, and underage drinking is prohibited. They also check a box acknowledging failure to follow any of the guidelines could result in citation or arrest as well as loss of tailgating privileges and/or game tickets.

"I heard it was a little too crazy so they had to dial it back and now they’re making people register," Caitlin said.

"Last year there were thousands out here, this year there’s hundreds maybe," SDSU Senior Brady McIntyre said in frustration.

Multiple students came up to 10News angry with the restrictions and how they stifle greek life.

10News spoke with a representative with Student Life at SDSU who said the registration process was to bring more organization and give groups a safer place to hang out.

"Honestly the university put a bunch of restrictions on us which is super respectable, there are students who need to chill out out here, but it’s not as fun as it used to be," SDSU Senior Jack Brubacker said.

Last year's home opener tailgate a raucous party, where students rocked a truck while dancing with red solo cups in hand. Spectators saw throngs of people having a great time.

This year, it looked calmer with many small groups standing around talking, eating pizza and drinking from those same red solo cups.