September 1, 2011 by Mark Cramer, NMSU News Center
The New Mexico State University football team begins its 2011 season Saturday, Sept. 3, with a 6 p.m. kickoff against Ohio University at Aggie Memorial Stadium. As Aggie fans gear up for the season, the university has established a game day web page that provides tailgate guidelines and other useful information to fans.
The page, www.nmstatesports.com/gameday, is part of NMStateSports.com, the official New Mexico State University Athletics website. It features information on new Aggie Memorial Stadium concessions, a game day parking and traffic flow map, and perhaps most importantly, a link to tailgating guidelines developed by the university to ensure a good, safe time is had by all.
NMSU allows public tailgating in parking lot 30, on the east side of the Pan American Center, and it also is allowed in lots 33, 38 and 39, which are pass-only lots controlled by the Aggie Athletic Club. The north area of lot 30 is designated for alcohol-free tailgating. Tailgating activities are allowed in lot 30 from 6-11 p.m. on Friday for Saturday games, and from 9 a.m. to midnight on game days.
Fans may pre-position RVs in Lot 30 beginning at 8 a.m. Wednesday the week of a Saturday game. Owners assume all risk associated with leaving pre-positioned vehicles overnight. RVs may be occupied beginning at 6 p.m. on Fridays before Saturday games.
Student tailgating is allowed in parking lot 34, east of Aggie Memorial Stadium. Only vehicles operated by students holding valid NMSU IDs are allowed access to this lot. Tailgating activities are allowed in lot 34 on game day, no earlier than four hours prior to kickoff and no later than two hours following the end of the game. The lot will open for pre-game set up beginning at 11 a.m. on game days.
Tailgating activities are allowed in other designated, pass-controlled parking lots beginning at 9 a.m. on game days.
Parking for tailgating activities is on a first-come, first-served basis, and activities are not allowed where they may block access to designated handicapped parking spaces or block safe, efficient traffic flow within the parking lots or roads on campus.
All vehicles must be removed from NMSU parking lots by 10 a.m. Sundays following Saturday games.
Vehicles, including RVs, must be parked in order, within parking stalls, where marked. Tailgating activities are limited to the space required for parking of the associated vehicle, plus one full stall width along the full passenger side of the vehicle. For example, one marked space is allowed for tailgating activities when no vehicle is parked and two marked spaces are allowed for tailgating activities when one standard-size vehicle is parked. The maximum space for tailgating activities is six marked spaces, applicable only to over-sized RVs.
All vehicles, equipment and persons associated with a particular tailgate party must be contained in the applicable area. No vehicles, equipment or persons may block driving lanes or access for emergency vehicles. Blocking or reserving adjacent spaces is not allowed.
Alcohol may be consumed as part of tailgating activities, but fans under 21 are prohibited from drinking alcohol in accordance with state and federal laws and NMSU policy. Tailgaters providing alcoholic beverages will be held responsible for any over-consumption by their guests, and glass containers, kegs, party balls or common sources of alcohol are not permitted. No alcoholic beverages may be brought into Aggie Memorial Stadium.
Electric and propane/butane grills are allowed in all tailgating areas, but charcoal grills are strongly discouraged. For safety reasons, fire extinguishers and/or a bucket of water are required when grilling in tailgating areas. Electric and battery-powered generators/inverters that do not emit fumes and do not make noise are permitted in tailgating areas.
More detailed guidelines and information are available on the game day Web page, which will be updated regularly as the season goes on.