No Camping for Saturday’s Game
Students hoping to be first into Razorback Stadium to see the the Jacksonville State game Saturday will have to keep their tent stakes stowed away for a few more weekends, officials said.
Several factors led administrators from student government, the division of Student Affairs and Athletics to prohibit camping outside the stadium for most games this year, said Rudy Trejo, assistant director of Student Activities.
A factor in this week’s decision was the fact that thunderstorms from the remnants of Hurricane Isaac will most likely leave northwest Arkansas a muddy mess, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, according to weather.com.
“Weather is always a consideration,” said Scott Flanagin, director of communications for Student Affairs, “Isaac coming through with torrential weather.”
Because of this, “student safety” had to be taken into consideration, Trejo said.
For the same reason, students will not be allowed to line up outside the gates until 2 p.m., Saturday, whereas normally students could line up at 8 a.m., Trejo said.
The no camping policy will most likely be in effect for most home games. Students not attending class to camp and not enjoying the weekend were the factors in calling off other possible campouts, Trejo said.
“It’s a case-by-case basis,” he said. “For this game, it wasn’t appropriate or needed.”
After consultation with other SEC schools and considering attendance from the last Alabama game, camping before the Alabama game will probably be the only exception, Trejo said.
“I believe ASG requested camping for the Alabama game, but that will be the only one,” Flanagin said.
There will be major excitement surrounding the LSU game, but ASG has so far not requested for students to camp out. Complications with cold weather and lack of staffing because of the Thanksgiving holiday will likely prohibit any camping that weekend, Flanagin said.