Tailgating will not be permitted on University of Arkansas property this fall, the school’s athletics department has announced.
The temporary rule is part of the university’s plans for the 2020 season that includes several safety measures in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Arkansas football team is set to play a 10-game, SEC-only schedule this fall which includes five home games at Razorback Stadium in Fayetteville.
“Tailgating is an extremely important aspect of the college football gameday experience,” the plans stated. “However, based upon direction from the ADH, tailgating will not be permitted on University of Arkansas property this fall.”
The rule includes all parking lots and tented areas such as Victory Village and The Gardens.
Other measures planned include requiring face masks that cover the mouth and nose for all staff and employees, and for all fans from the moment they get in line to enter the stadium until they exit the facility.
Six-foot social distancing rules will be “strictly enforced” for lines at all gates, concession stands and merchandise locations.
Contactless transactions are planned for all concession stands, and a new mobile-only ticketing system will be used to ensure fans have no contact with ticketing staff.
While cheerleaders, pom squad and mascots will be in attendance and visible at games, they will not be allowed to be on the sidelines during the game and their direct interactions with fans will be eliminated, according to the university.
Similar changes include elimination of the HogTown street festival, the pre-game Hog Walk and the tradition of players running through the “A” formed by the band on the field before the game.
State guidelines require a reduced stadium capacity, which means only 16,000-17,000 seats will be available this season, including premium areas, general seating and student seats.
With nearly 33,000 season tickets sold, the school will have to limit who gets access to the stadium.
Season ticket holders should expect to soon receive an email survey asking whether they would prefer a 5-game, 3-game (LSU, Tennessee, Ole Miss) or 2-game (Georgia, Alabama) season ticket plan. Priority will be given to fans based on Razorback Foundation membership, the plans state.