Columbia is always buzzing with excitement as Mizzou fans eagerly await Gameday Saturday festivities to begin. With game day comes the tailgating tradition, and with tailgating comes a list of instructions you should be aware of to have the safest and most enjoyable experience possible.
When tailgating at Mizzou, there are a few rules that you should keep in mind. On home football games, tailgating is allowed in any parking lot or garage on MU's campus where people typically park for the event. The Hearnes Center and the Mizzou Stadium along with the various lots and the top level of parking garages have been designated as the prime locations for tailgating activities. Although the lots and garages are fair game for tailgating grounds, keep in mind that the streets and sidewalks bordering these areas are still city property, so Minors in Possession, Open Container laws and other city ordinances are still in effect. These offenses are taken seriously and the laws are strictly enforced, so be aware that Boone County Sheriffs, Missouri Highway Patrol, Columbia PD and MUPD are patrolling these areas throughout the day. The full list of Mizzou tailgating policies and procedures can be found at http://www.mutigers.com/gameday/getting-here-tailgating.html.
Even though Mizzou has designated specific areas for tailgating activities, be mindful that it is still a dry campus, and possessing an excessive amount of alcohol on the premises can put you at risk for being banned from the tailgating area. The sale of alcohol is strictly prohibited in these areas, unless you possess the appropriate liquor license that is required by law. Otherwise, at all other informal tailgating events, you cannot sell alcohol in any form.
It is important to know the legal restrictions when serving alcohol at a tailgate. Under Missouri law, it is a class B misdemeanor for an adult over the age of 21 to serve alcohol to minors knowing that they are underage. Drinking and celebrating with friends and family is not an unusual scene during home games; with that being said, it IS possible to get a Minor in Possession while drinking with your parents or other family members. There have been instances of students getting arrested and escorted off of tailgating grounds, even with their parents present. There have been numerous accounts of students receiving an MIP not only when they are with their Mom or Dad, but also from momentarily holding a cup/glass of alcohol that actually belonged to their parents. Police officers will ask what's in that "solo cup" of yours, so be smart when walking around the tailgating grounds. Although it could be your family member's alcohol, you are the one who is held responsible for the consequences of your actions. It should also go without saying to always give a police officer your real ID; they are not easily persuaded when presented with false identification, and that could earn you an additional fake ID charge. You can visit https://www.municode.com/library/mo/columbia/codes/code_of_ordinances for detailed descriptions of the Columbia Code of Ordinances.
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