For those of you who don't know VT established some pretty strict parking rules this season, all of which can be found Here. These were based upon a survey conducted this off season.
A quick summary of some of the ones I find most impacting:
- New line 3 feet past the end of the parking space which you are not allowed to cross with tailgating equipment (Grill, tent, tables, chairs, etc.)
- No throwing footballs
- No blocking side walks
- No speakers for music
They are invoking a three strike rule for these violations with the ultimate consequence of not being allowed to purchase a parking pass for next season.
Some of my thoughts:
- These were based on a survey and typically only people who have issues will take the time out of their day to respond
- Tailgating is almost as important of an event as the game (especially when you are paying good money to watch an FCS team) and this puts a major damper on the festivities
- It was not equally enforced with the people parked on the handicap row of Lot 2 okay to take up the sidewalk but those on the back edge not allowed to set up on the path.
Whether or not it was right, I let it get to me and it put me in a bad mood for the day. My family has donated a lot of money to VT and have a lot of great memories at VT games and tailgating. However this doesn't inspire us to continue to donate if we are going to have the no fun police coming by and reprimanding us.
Honestly does any other schools have rules making throwing a football illegal at tailgates?!?!
What are your thoughts?