A new tailgating policy has been approved and will take effect with Northern's Homecoming football game on Saturday, Oct. 4. NMU will now allow the use of alcohol as part of the tailgating experience in designated parking lots near the Superior Dome and Berry Events Center. “In the past, tailgating was allowed, but without alcohol. No alcohol was permitted on university property,” said Cindy Paavola, university spokesperson. “We have done some limited experiments over the past couple of years allowing certain groups, such as the NMU Alumni Association and Wildcat Club, to provide tailgating tents where alcohol was served, and we now want to make the opportunity available to all Wildcat fans who are 21 years of age or older.” For up to three hours before and one hour after events, tailgating will be permitted anywhere in the Recreation and Sports Complex area, but alcohol is permitted only in two designated parking lots: number 55, which is east of the Superior Dome's back entrance; and number 58, east of the Berry Events Center. These parking lots were selected for their specific location to each facility and the potential to expand the designated area, if necessary. Parking attendants will be able to direct fans entering the facility to the designated lots. Michigan law governing the possession, consumption and distribution of alcohol and controlled substances will be enforced with random identification checks by Public Safety. The tailgating policy prohibits the following: kegs, drinking games and devices, glass containers, mass common alcohol containers, open-flame fires and pets. Caterers providing food for public consumption or sale must be approved by NMU conference and catering. “Tailgating is not only about alcohol use, of course. But where alcohol is being consumed as part of the tailgating experience, Northern Michigan University advocates legal and responsible use,” said Paavola. For the full tailgating procedures, go to www.nmu.edu/tailgating.