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Sharon Kennedy Wynne, Tracey Henry and Suzannah DiMarzio

You can toss the football while tailgating again



footballthrow.jpgWe have tickets to Saturday's USF football game at Raymond James Stadium, and I have to admit I wasn't sure it would be that fun for the kids. Last season we ran afoul of the security guards who put a stop to my kids tossing around a football as we grilled our skewers on our portable grill and prepared to yell our heads off.

No throwing? But this is football! The guard patiently handed over a business card with the stadium rules that banned “throwing or kicking objects.” He pointed out how the weekend warriors were penned into an area specifically designated for throwing Frisbees or tossing footballs.

That really took the fun out of our tailgate parties.

Then this week, the Sportcraft company, which sells loads of tailgate games like this Washer and Bean Bag Toss and this Ladderball set suggested a blog post on all the cool tailgating games on the market these days.

So it was with a heavy heart that I called Barbara Casey, a spokeswoman for the Tampa Sports Authority, and asked if any of those games would be allowed in the "no throwing" zone. To my delight, Casey tells me the policy has been reversed!

“Our policy no longer has 'throwing footballs’ listed under prohibited activities in the parking lots,” said  Casey. “Our over-reaching parking lot statement is that we request guests to respect their tailgating neighbors as regards to space, sound, and activities.  We ask that they be mindful that this is a parking lot where moving cars may not be looking for people running for balls.”

So count on our corn hole set to come out and, of course, the football.

--Sharon Kennedy Wynne

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[Last modified: Wednesday, September 21, 2011 3:00pm]


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