Updated/More Boring: Boston College Tailgate Sizes Not Being Regulated, Maybe


Update 9:01pm: A correction has been issued by The Heights:

Plus mea culpa:

Original story: Boston College tailgates on Shea Field for the USC football game on Saturday and the Clemson game in October are being regulated by BC Athletics.

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The Heights reported tonight that Boston College will limit access to Shea Field to ten guests per tailgating spot; those individuals will receive a wristband and nobody else will be admitted into this popular tailgating area.

Last weekend against Pittsburgh, under new policy, wristbands were used when Shea Field was determined to be at overflow capacity and security turned fans away.

From Connor Farley’s Heights article on the rationale for portion control in the Boston College tailgates:

"The decision comes in response to limited space and excessive crowding at Shea Field during certain home football games in the past."

I am struggling to figure out which ones those were. In recent past tailgates I have attended, dating back to last season (and obviously not including last Friday because I was denied entry), there were some crowded spots but it was counterbalanced by wide-open spaces in the outfield and softball field zones. “Excessive crowding” would seem to be a relative term.

Given the correction, the remainder of this article on Boston College tailgates and the upcoming USC game is now rendered irrelevant, but rest assured that it was journalistic gold. And the USC game still isn’t sold out.