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Florida State football: No tailgating for home opener

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Well, party is officially pooped.

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Florida State Seminoles football announced Friday afternoon via Twitter that tailgating would not be allowed for the first game of the 2020 season.

Previously, FSU had planned to allow limited tailgating, with isolation and facial coverings encouraged. The Seminoles faithful will not have even that limited opportunity for the home opener against Georgia Tech on Saturday, September 12th.

“Given what is going on throughout the country and the number of COVID cases in Leon County, we have determined that for the safety of all involved we will not allow tailgating for the Georgia Tech game,” said FSU Director of Athletics David Coburn in a statement.

“We will continue to monitor the situation, and if changes are warranted, we will adjust the policy accordingly.”

See the whole release below:

>Tallahassee, Fla. — Florida State University officials announced today that tailgating would not be allowed for FSU’s football home-opener against Georgia Tech on September 12.

“Given what is going on throughout the country and the number of COVID cases in Leon County, we have determined that for the safety of all involved we will not allow tailgating for the Georgia Tech game,” said FSU Director of Athletics David Coburn.

“We will continue to monitor the situation, and if changes are warranted, we will adjust the policy accordingly.”

Patrons cannot raise tents, put up tables or use outdoor grills and cooktops in the parking lots for the Georgia Tech game. Patrons are asked to please proceed to the stadium gates, which open two hours prior to kickoff, once they exit their vehicle.

Parking lots will now open 2 1/2 hours prior to the 3:30 p.m. kickoff, and all vehicles must exit within 2 1/2 hours after the end of the game.