CU Police Will Enforce Stadium Rules on Alcohol, Banned Articles and Unruly Behavior at Sept. 18 CU Vs. WVU Game

September 16, 2008

Thursday's University of Colorado vs. West Virginia University football game at Folsom Field will follow the model for all home games of recent years in which violations of banned substances and materials, or disruptive and unruly behavior, could result in fans being ejected from the game, according to CU Police officials.

Banned materials include alcoholic beverages, cans, glass bottles, ice chests and liquid containers that are a gallon or more in size. Fans may bring only one non-disposable container no larger than two liters -- or one-half gallon -- into the stadium.

"Our goal is to maintain a safe and enjoyable stadium environment for people and families attending home games," said CU Police Chief Joe Roy. "We'd like them to enjoy the game without disturbances and unsafe distractions created by other fans."

In addition to the ban on alcohol in the stadium, whole fruit, marshmallows and other items that could potentially injure other people if thrown, also are banned.

"In some cases, objects have been placed in marshmallows and thrown in the stadium and have injured people," Roy said. "We want people to be able to watch the game and not have to watch out for flying objects that might injure them."

Police and security personnel working games at Folsom Field will check for alcohol and other banned articles at the entry gates. An "amnesty" arrangement will allow people entering the stadium to discard those items before entering.

However, visibly intoxicated people will be denied admission to the stadium and people visibly intoxicated inside the stadium will be ejected, he said. Underage persons caught with alcohol also will be issued summonses for "minor in possession."

"In our experience there has been a correlation between excessive consumption of alcoholic beverages and the incidence of fighting and other dangerous behaviors in the stadium," he said. "We won't turn a blind eye to alcohol possession or alcohol abuse."

CU-Boulder students who are issued alcohol summonses also face judicial action by the university.

Fans ejected from a game may be denied access to subsequent games and their tickets may be confiscated, depending on the severity of the infraction. Unruly fans also may be arrested and face criminal prosecution.

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