Tailgating game plan

The beginning of the football season for the University of Oklahoma and Oklahoma State University signals the beginning of another tradition — tailgating.
by Dave Cathey Published: August 29, 2014
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Valerie Cook, of Houston, takes it easy Friday after claiming her tailgating spot across from Gaylord Family — Oklahoma Memorial Stadium. Photo by Steve Sisney, The Oklahoman
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Valerie Cook, of Houston, takes it easy Friday after claiming her tailgating spot across from Gaylord Family — Oklahoma Memorial Stadium. Photo by Steve Sisney, The Oklahoman Steve Sisney - STEVE SISNEY

Any damage to utilities as a result of not following this policy also will be the responsibility of the tailgater.

The full excavation permit guidelines can be found at utilities.okstate.edu/excavation-procedure.

All fires must be contained within grills or other containers designed specifically for that purpose.

Extinguish charcoal fires thoroughly before leaving them unattended.

Place extinguished charcoal and ashes in designated containers.

Do not dump ashes, hot coals, grease or any hazardous materials on campus grounds, near or on trees and shrubs, in trash cans, in Dumpsters or into storm drains.

Gas and charcoal grills with covers are permitted. Open flames are prohibited. Grilling isn’t allowed on any parking decks within campus parking garages.

But what about alcohol?

A stroll through the tailgating communities in either Stillwater or Norman quickly reveals “don’t ask, don’t tell” is alive and well in the 20-teens.

Each community relies on fans’ better angels to maintain their distance from chaos, and it works.

Oklahoma State’s webpage covering tailgating guidelines iterates tailgaters aren’t above state law when it comes to consumption of alcohol.

Over on soonersports.com, the subject of alcohol is conspicuous by its absence. Clearly, state and federal laws aren’t turned off, but consumption is pervasive.

When it comes to drinking before the game, the rule of thumb is to treat your tailgate like your home.

Law enforcement officers aren’t looking to raid anyone’s home, but if you step outside it and/or create trouble, your tailgating experience will end abruptly with legal action not far behind.

Tailgating areas

Tailgating areas are located all around both campuses.

Tent city is east of Gaylord Family — Oklahoma Memorial Stadium. RVs typically gather in the parking lot at Lloyd Noble Center.

In Stillwater, reserved Posse RV parking is available in lot 74, Hall of Fame and Walnut, and requires a visible permit.

Limited nonreserved Posse RV parking without hook-up is available in lots 71 and 81, on Willis, north of Hall of Fame, and lot 102 on N Boomer Road. Access to these lots requires at least a Posse Silver Star.

Limited parking for visitors and non-Posse permitted RVs not requiring hook-ups can be found on the north edge of campus at lots 84 and 112, north of Hall of Fame and east of Willis, about a half mile from the gameday shuttle service.

Any four-legged fans should be leashed at either campus, and anyone who wants to sell their wares or pass out leaflets better find somewhere else to do it.

by Dave Cathey
Food Editor
The Oklahoman's food editor, Dave Cathey, keeps his eye on culinary arts and serves up news and reviews from Oklahoma’s booming food scene.
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More information

If you’re interested in more details, each school offers detailed tailgating information online at okstate.com/facilities/boone-pickens-tailgate.html and soonersports.com.

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