CSU alcohol policy in effect for first Fresno State football game
    Fresno State begins the football season on Sept. 1 against Nevada.
    Fresno State begins the football season on Sept. 1 against Nevada.

    Sept. 1, 2006

    Fresno, Calif. - Alcohol will not be sold inside Bulldog Stadium this year in compliance with an executive order by California State University Chancellor Charles Reed in December. At Fresno State, the ban begins with the first football game Friday, Sept. 1.

    The university's tailgate policy, which regulates where alcohol can be consumed for tailgates, also is in effect.

    Fans are urged to allow extra time to enter the stadium for Friday's nationally televised game against Nevada. Kickoff is at 5 p.m.

    The California State University system's new order prohibits all 23 campuses from selling alcoholic beverages at any intercollegiate athletic events held at university-owned or -operated facilities. The new policy also limits advertising of beer and wine at all campuses.

    "This policy is consistent with the purposes of our system alcohol policy and with the efforts of the National Collegiate Athletic Association to reduce the emphasis on alcohol at intercollegiate athletic events," John D. Welty, Fresno State president said at the time. Welty also chairs the CSU Alcohol Policies and Prevention Programs Committee.

    To comply, the Fresno State Athletics Department established a new football game management policy that allows alcohol to be sold and served outside the stadium only.

    If alcohol is found inside the stadium, event staff will confiscate the container and escort the person out of the stadium with police assistance if necessary, said Athletic Director Thomas Boeh. If someone attempts to take alcohol into the stadium, game security personnel will not allow him or her to enter with the alcohol.

    Outside the stadium before the Bulldogs' six home games this year, alcohol can be purchased at a refreshment center in the Red Lot - the parking lot at Cedar and Barstow avenues, on the east side of the stadium. Fresno State's concessionaire, Ovations, will assume all responsibility for ensuring alcohol remains in that area and no minors are served, Boeh said. Admission to the refreshment center is open to game ticketholders only who are 21 or older. Anyone under age 21 will not be allowed in, even with an adult.

    Signs at the refreshment center will explain protocol while signage at the stadium will announce that no alcohol is allowed in the stadium.

    Alcohol also will be available for purchase at a no-host bar at the Fresno State Alumni Association Tailgate on Friday and at the Oct. 14 homecoming game. The alumni tailgate is being held next to the Beiden Field North Concourse.

    No alcohol will be available in the Bulldog Boulevard, a family-oriented pregame party established last year, which begins three hours prior to kickoff, also in the Red Lot. Bulldog Boulevard is presented by the Fresno State Alumni Association. One of the co-sponsors is the Alcohol Advisory Council of the Division of Student Affairs.

    The Chancellor's executive order also requires that only responsible drinking messages are permitted for any alcohol signage or advertising in athletics venues.

    A 2003 Athletics Department policy permits tailgating with alcohol only in designated parking lots in the vicinity of Bulldog Stadium. Tailgating is limited to Athletic Department-controlled parking lots and grassy areas. Campus policy prohibits public consumption of alcohol in all other areas.

    The tailgate policy has been sent to season ticket holders and will be included in a special guide distributed to fans as they enter stadium and tailgate areas. Here is an overview of the policy:

    Tailgate policy overview

    *Tailgate party sponsors must be registered either as season parking pass holders or they must register for a single-day tailgate on the day of the event. A registration stub or season parking pass must be displayed in the primary "tailgate" vehicle. Registration cards will be available as fans enter the designated parking lots where alcohol can be served.

    *The following are not allowed at any tailgate: drinking contests, beer kegs (except by licensed caterer), charcoal grills, non-portable furniture (couches, for example). The university reserves the right to determine the appropriateness of any item or activity.

    *Tailgating may begin three hours before a game, but is not allowed during game time. A "caretaker" may remain at the tailgate site during the game to safeguard belongings. Tailgating may resume for up to two hours after the end of a game.

    *Alcohol must not be sold at any tailgate in any manner, direct or indirect (as in price of admission) unless by the university concessionaire, a licensed caterer or under a one-day ABC license approved by the Fresno State Department of Public Safety.

    *Persons who violate the rules may be asked to leave campus, may be cited by university police or may jeopardize their permission for future tailgates.

    For more information on tailgating, call 559.278.3647.

    For more information on what is contained in this release, please go to the following website: Tailgate Policies

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