UMass adjusting student tailgating policy ahead of Saturday’s game | News
AMHERST, MA (WGGB/WSHM) — UMass Amherst is having student parking and tailgating on Saturday after the university canceled its on-campus tailgating event last weekend due to an uptick in COVID-19 cases. However, students had an off-campus tailgate party anyway.
The idea behind this is to have students park in two different lots and have them get excited for UMass football two-and-a-half hours before the game. Some students look at this as a safer way to have fun with college football.
“I mean I was bored. I had nothing to do. I heard it. I was like, honestly, I’m going to go check it out and it was pretty fun and lit,” said UMass sophomore Kofi Asibui.
Asibui explained why he went to the off-campus tailgate party in Amherst last weekend. We asked him if he’s considering the parking and tailgate event on-campus this Saturday.
“I mean, I have nothing else to do and tailgating is pretty fun. You get to meet a lot of people, kind of network and stuff and yeah, it’s just the culture of UMass,” Asibui added.
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There are a few rules for the parking and tailgating at UMass on Saturday. The tickets are free for students, but they are limited. Students have to get their tickets by 6 p.m. on Friday. They must arrive between 1 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. with kickoff at 3:30 p.m. Student vehicles must remain in the lot until halftime.
Some students think the university is doing this to prevent another big off-campus tailgate party.
“I think they were a little shocked on what happened last weekend when they sort of threw a wrench in things late and canceled it and then the students kind of retaliated and we did things off-campus,” said UMass senior Grace Quinn.
One grad student believes this can help contain the spread of COVID-19 cases on-campus.
“I certainly hope so. I think that if they’re able to provide students a space to do it and they have people who are enforcing social distancing. That can definitely reduce the risk of COVID,” said UMass graduate student Nicole Vigon.
The university did mention that parking and tailgating is something some people did last weekend. This time, they are allowing students to park for free in hopes of everyone being socially distant.