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UI revises tailgate guidelines

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IOWA CITY (KWWL) -- The University of Iowa is revising its tailgating policy after criticism from fans at Iowa's home opener last weekend.

The schools says adjustments will be made to gate security checks and "working toward a more fan-friendly approach for those who are tailgating responsibly."

"We made some mistakes last Saturday," Athletic Director Gary Barta said in a news release. "I'm grateful that the university as a group rolled up our collective sleeves and worked hard to make adjustments and improvements leading into this Saturday. We'll need everyone's help to try to achieve these goals."

The university says the focus will still be on preventing illegal and negative behavior and protecting public safety. But, after an internal review with staff and law enforcement, plus feedback from the community, the following changes will be made:

There will be more people conducting bag inspections at every entry point and the addition of an express lane on the far left side of every gate for fans without bags and purses. Bags larger than 8 1/2-by-11 inches in size are not allowed.

Also, for future games beginning at 11 a.m., post-game tailgating will be allowed for 3 hours following the emptying of Kinnick Stadium. The 2 hour tailgating limit will remain in effect for all afternoon games. No tailgating is allowed after games with an evening start time. Alcohol and open containers would not be allowed during the final hour of this extended post-game tailgate period. That time should be used to break down tailgate parties and begin to leave the university parking areas.

The university says it will continue to strictly enforce the following tailgating rules:

• Open alcoholic beverages must be consumed within parking areas, and cannot be taken outside of parking areas -- including on public streets and sidewalks.

• Possession or consumption of hard liquor is not permitted in university parking areas or on public streets and sidewalks.

Law enforcement will continue to conduct vehicle safety checkpoints at various locations around Iowa City, as announced each week by UI Police.

Online reporter:  Jenn Jarvis

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