I knew this was freakin’ coming. I knew it. I just didn’t know who would institute it first.
Dateline Tuscaloosa, Alabama:
… But much of the buzz from fans is focused on the pay-per-tailgate plan on the Quad. This fall, about 20 percent of the space allotted for tailgating on the Quad will be reserved, something Hallman said is similar to the concept UA adopted for RVs in 2007.
… As for the Quad, Hallman said his company is working incrementally, waiting to gauge the fan response. So far, it’s been positive, he said. On Thursday, 92 out of 115 spots were sold, and he expected the balance to sell out this week.
‘This is just an experiment to see how it goes, and if we get a favorable response, like we have, then we’ll evaluate what the future may be for the Quad,’ he said.
In 2007, 22 reserved spaces lined the grass between Denny Chimes and Gorgas Library. This season, 115 spots will be staked out by Hallman’s company. Of those, 67 will be in the southeast corner, 26 in the open grass area on the western side and there will be 22 in the same area as they were in 2007.
‘These reserved spots are in spots that have traditional filled up last on the Quad, so we are not trying to disrupt people who have had spots for years on the Quad,’ Hallman said.
The cost for each space is $729 and comes with a tent, electricity and a parking spot near the engineering buildings.
Trust me, when all is said and done, these guys will meter and charge for every aspect of football Saturdays that brings the average fan pleasure. If they can ever figure out a way to make you pay a fee for the air you breathe, they’ll do that, too.
Don’t think this experiment won’t be very carefully observed in Athens, Georgia, either.
(h/t The Wizard of Odds)