MSU Trustees Tackle Game Day Alcohol Policy

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Alcohol likely will be allowed at tailgate parties on football Saturdays at Michigan State University.

The university's trustees on Friday approved guidelines for making exceptions to a campus alcohol policy enacted earlier this year. One exception would allow people 21 and older to have alcohol containers on most parts of campus when the Spartans have a home football game, university spokesman Terry Denbow said.

Alcohol won't be allowed immediately outside Spartan Stadium or on Munn Field, a popular tailgating spot. Public areas of campus buildings will be off-limits, too.

But alcohol would be allowed on the majority of campus, including most tailgating spots, on game days. Trustees adopted the alcohol policy in February, but delayed adopting an exceptions policy. Other exceptions could be granted on a case-by-case basis by the secretary to the Board of Trustees.

Michigan State moved last season to curb destructive drinking on football game days. Campus parking lots did not open until five hours before game time. Lots closed two hours after each game. Game boards and other paraphernalia related to drinking games were banned from tailgate parties.

Those policies appeared to have worked, Denbow said. But the school has not taken formal action on whether to continue those restrictions next football season.