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FSU football reverses, won’t allow tailgating after all (at least for the opener)

Two weeks ago, the Seminoles planned on allowing tailgating. Now they won’t for their opener next week.
Tailgating scenes like this won't happen next week at Florida State's opener.
Tailgating scenes like this won't happen next week at Florida State's opener. [ Tampa Bay Times ]
Published Sep. 4, 2020|Updated Sep. 4, 2020

Florida State has reversed course on its tailgating policy, at least for next week’s opener against Georgia Tech.

The Seminoles announced Friday that they will not allow tailgating because of the coronavirus pandemic.

“Given what is going on throughout the country and the number of COVID cases in Leon County, we have determined that for the safety of all involved we will not allow tailgating for the Georgia Tech game,” FSU athletic director David Coburn said in a statement. “We will continue to monitor the situation, and if changes are warranted, we will adjust the policy accordingly.”

Indeed, FSU already has adjusted its plan. Two weeks ago, the school announced that it would allow tailgating.

At the time, the Seminoles said they might have to revisit the policy if fans “cannot create a tailgating environment that protects the health and safety of each other.”

FSU’s revised policy prohibits fans from setting up tents or tables or using outdoor grills. The school is asking fans to go straight from their car to the stadium gates, which open two hours before next week’s 3:30 p.m. kickoff.

The parking lots must clear out within two and a half hours of the end of the game.

Most other schools in the state are also not allowing tailgating, including Miami and Florida. All three programs plan to restrict attendance to about 20 percent capacity.

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