Reinstate tailgates — Alcohol at tailgating could make a comeback

A little over a year following the State Board of Education’s (SBOE) denial of University of Idaho’s proposal to designate alcohol-friendly areas during tailgating and UI is taking the policy back to the drawing board.

Conflict remains between UI and the City of Moscow in regard to the policy of consuming alcohol at tailgate parties during home football games, and it is back to the SBOE to finalize a decision on the situation.

According to police regulation, “(Open container) ordinance shall not be in effect between the hours of 10 a.m. and 10 p.m. in any place located within Sixth Street to the north, South Rayburn to the east and south, and Perimeter Drive to the west and south on days when the University of Idaho has home football games.”

The regulations state that all alcoholic beverages consumed within the perimeters must be in an opaque, unlabeled plastic or paper container.

The conflict between the city’s regulations and the university’s is that UI is state-owned property, and open drinking on such property is banned. However, the SBOE has the power to change this.

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