No tailgating at Texas A&M football season opener

Sources tell KBTX they expect the announcement to be made in the next few days.
Published: Sep. 15, 2020 at 12:16 PM CDT|Updated: Sep. 15, 2020 at 9:16 PM CDT
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COLLEGE STATION, Texas (KBTX) - There will be no tailgating allowed at the Texas A&M University football season opener against Vanderbilt on September 26, according to sources at Texas A&M familiar with the situation.

Texas A&M University officials tell KBTX they expect the announcement to be made in the next few days.

In recording first released by WTAW Tuesday, Texas A&M President Michael K. Young made the announcement during a Texas A&M faculty senate meeting on Monday. Young said the university is trying "to largely keep people who are coming from the outside onto campus for the game more confined to the areas surrounding the stadium”, “and to some degree minimize the extent to which people are all over the campus.”

Following this announcement, local businesses that typically rely on big Aggie tailgates began getting creative to make the most of the situation. One of those businesses is Party Time Rentals, a local event rental company that provides Aggie game day tailgating packages.

“Typically, we are renting out tents, tables, chairs, your standard tailgating stuff when you think about that. We are also renting out the TVs and satellites that you can watch the game outside of Kyle Field,” said Assistant Manager Lauren Fickey.

Fickey says now they are offering those same options, but at home.

“We will come to your house set up in your backyard by your pool. It’s Texas. It’s still hot outside, so pool parties and game days are great,” said Fickey. “So we can set up, do your TVs, do tables, chairs. We can do that stuff at your house.”

Justin Manning, co-owner of C&J Barbeque, says they too are offering their specials at home.

“We have all of our party packs, rib pack, chicken pack, Texas Trinity, things like that,” said Manning. “We have a lot of fun packages, and we can do all of it. We can still do deliveries. We can still do at home stuff and set up.”

There is still no official word from the university about what is specifically considered tailgating, and if there will be any violations for not following the decision.

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