Sun Devils fans taking the celebration inside for the first time

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By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Some football fans may think it just doesn’t feel like a tailgate party inside, but then they’ve probably never been to a tailgate in Tempe in August.

Temperatures outside in August can reach 110 degrees or more, as fans celebrate outside in the direct sun light. Couple that with dehydration from consuming alcohol, and  fans can easily suffer heat exhaustion.

This year, ahead of tonight’s season opener against the Northern Arizona University Lumberjacks, Arizona State University is having an indoor tailgate celebration for the first time.

The temperature at the 7:30 kickoff is expected to be about 100 degrees.

Every year the school has City of Tempe night, where Tempe residents can get discounted tickets. This year, the people at the City of Tempe came up with the idea to host an indoor tailgate, to help fans stay safe and comfortable.

“I think it’s going to be a lot nicer because it’s hot here,” said ASU theatre major Kevin Commons, “I’m not from around here, so it took me a while to get used to 110 temperatures. So having something inside is really nice for me.”

“It’s a lot better because it’s a million degrees outside and this way people can enjoy it better without worrying about the heat,” said ASU junior Thomas Starr.

Although 3TV crews saw hundreds of students tailgating outside in the heat, apparently oblivious to the scorching temperatures, the City of Tempe is expecting a big turnout at the indoor celebration that starts at 4:30 p.m. and lasts until 7.