UNF Suspends Tailgating

February 6, 2018

The University of North Florida has suspended student tailgating for the rest of the semester. According to Spinnaker, Lee Moon, Director of Athletics, said the university would not support tailgating until it was sure that it could enforce rules relating to underage drinking.

Officially, the school's athletics website says people must obey state and local alcohol laws, and act “in a manner that is respectful of the nature and character of the University” while at UNF sporting events.

“All we did was say we weren’t going to support it and put money into it to make it work if they wouldn’t want to do it the way it is supposed to [be done],” Moon said.

Moon said student attendance at UNF sporting events has declined in recent years. Noah Horchler, men's basketball forward, said the students help liven up games.

“Yeah it seems like whenever the tailgates get cancelled it seems like they never come,” Horchler said.

Matthew Driscoll, Head Coach, said he intended to meet with Moon so that they could discuss the suspension. He lamented the lack of student attendance.

“It’s almost a slap in the face, like we did something wrong, or the guys did something wrong,” Driscoll said.

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