EUGENE, Ore. -- Tailgating at Autzen Stadium up to six hours before kickoff will now be a permanent pre-game ritual for Duck fans.
During the 2018 football season, Duck fans got to experience this ordinance on a temporary basis. On Monday night, the Eugene City Council voted to permanently allow tailgating up to six hours before kickoff as long as the university follows some rules.
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In order to consider this ordinance on a permanent basis, the city council had to look at statistics from 2018 that were provided by the university. Those statistics take a look at things like alcohol arrests, traffic, parking and underage drinking enforcement.
They compared those statistics to those from previous years.
Moving forward, the university will have to maintain the following guidelines on a yearly basis:
- Provide information regarding tailgating traffic and alcohol-related arrests during the football season.
- Maintain a coordinated neighborhood parking plan between UO and the city to ensure emergency vehicle access and mitigation of impacts to the affected areas.
- Keep in place the stadium's no re-entry policy that addresses the issue of over-consumption of alcohol by spectators.
- Maintain underage drinking enforcement policy and plan for tailgating before, during and after UO football games.
For fans, the only stipulation is that tailgates cannot begin before 7 a.m.