Tailgating may seem like an afterthought when we’re still wondering whether or not there will be college football this fall, but it’s one of the topics SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey touched on this morning during his interview with Dan Patrick. Sankey said that while the league has not banned tailgating for the upcoming season, it will likely leave the decision up to each university to make based on their policies for large gatherings along with state and local regulations.
“Believe it or not, I’ve had university presidents and chancellors ask me that very question. We have not banned tailgating. I think our effort now has been to look at our campus policies, so that’s where I spent time this weekend and asked our campus personnel, what do your policies allow? I think our state and local policies will be in play there, to the extent we have to regulate, whether it’s in-stadium numbers or masking, which has become prevalent, or even outside the stadium, we will if that’s necessary. I’m not sure that’s going to be necessary based on what’s happening at the state and local level right now.”‘
Right now, Kentucky is in better shape than most Southern states when it comes to the coronavirus (although yesterday’s numbers were alarming). Who knows where we’ll be if and when games resume, but the state’s guidelines (which just changed today) allow groups of up to 10 people to gather as long as they practice social distancing, wear masks, wash or sanitize their hands frequently, and do not share food, drink, containers, plates, napkins or utensils.
If you’re looking for a visual of what tailgating might look like, check out the setup at a recent series of drive-in concerts at Nissan Stadium in Nashville. Each group/family got three parking spaces, one for their car, one for a tailgating area, and one to provide a buffer between each group.
Right now, I just hope there are sports. Tailgating seems like too much to ask for.