ASU football begins home opener with new tailgating rule

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By Erin Kennedy By Erin Kennedy

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Arizona State University kicks off its football season home opener at 7 p.m. Thursday against Sacramento State. Fans may see more tailgaters this year due to a new rule.

For the 2013 football season, tailgaters can have their parties in the uncovered parking lots surrounding Sun Devil Stadium. Fans at season pass holder lots can begin tailgating five hours before the start of the game, and people at all other lots can start three and a half hours prior to game time.

Here are some rules to follow with the new tailgating policy:

  • One vehicle per spot per pass is allowed
  • No glass containers
  • No open flames (propane only)
  • Garage grilling is only allowed on the top level
  • Beer and wine are the only kinds of alcohol allowed
  • Tailgaters can't save multiple parking spots

Tempe police will be on standby to help ASU police in case things get out of control.

“We’ve got a small percentage of individuals that come in and cause 90 percent of the problems, but those individuals can cause significant problems, so we’re partnering with Arizona State University,” said Chief of Tempe Police Department Tom Ryff.

ASU football is bringing back some Sun Devil traditions for the 2013 season. At 4:30 p.m., fans can take part in the Devil Walk. After the football team gets off their buses, they walk by and interact with fans, the marching band and the student body before heading into the stadium.

“It’s a great place to get fired up before the game,” ASU Associate Athletic Director Steve Hank said.

Fans will also notice some new structures in the parking lots. ASU is focusing on sustainability and has added solar structures covering some parking lots.

“It not only provides electricity and a great way to power the university, but also provides great shade for people to come out and enjoy with tailgating prior to our football games,” Hank said.