It will cost less to tailgate this year at WKU football games.
The university’s athletic department has announced that several parking lots that in previous years carried a $20 parking fee, will now be free on a first-come first-serve basis.
Those areas include McLean Hall, "The Valley", Bates Runner Hall and the Service Supply Building lawn.
WKU offers 30 tailgating areas within a half-mile of Houchens Industries- L.T. Smith Stadium. Tailgate areas open at 8 a.m. on Saturday game days The Hilltoppers’ home-opener is September 21st against the Morgan State Bears.
College football season begins this weekend and Kentucky’s Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control says investigators will be out in force, looking for underage people drinking alcohol before and after games.
Director Mike Razor says the tailgating scene provides a different kind of challenge for investigators.
“In a controlled environment in licensed premises it’s easier because the licensee is our friend and they want to make sure they’re not serving underage kids,” said Razor. “But in a tailgating scenario, you’ve got a whole lot of people out there and there’s no one really in control.”
He says those caught providing alcohol to minors could face jail time. Investigators will be patrolling tailgate parties and stores near college campuses where football games are being played.