UT tailgating ends at Centennial Park

There will be no tailgating at Centennial Park for the 2014 Longhorn football season due to construction for the Dell Medical School.
There will be no tailgating at Centennial Park for the 2014 Longhorn football season due to construction for the Dell Medical School.

AUSTIN (KXAN) —  Construction of the Dell Medical School at the University of Texas is bringing an end to a UT tailgating favorite.

The members of the group Longhorn Tailgaters say they’ve been using the spot at 15th and Trinity for 10 years. Now, the group will be moving near the Bob Bullock Museum.

“Disappointment,” said Christopher Kluck with Longhorn Tailgaters. He was looking out at his former tailgating spot. “You know, we had ten years here that we had set up. And to see it like this is depressing.”

“I was pretty shocked driving in,” said Miranda Ippolito, who is also part of the tailgating group. “I hadn’t been down here since last year. So it’s very different, sad. You know, it’s an end to an era that we had as tailgaters.”

Now, the group is moving to the parking lot at Martin Luther King and Congress.

“We ended up combining with another tailgate, a friend of ours,” said Christopher. “It wasn’t a great solution, but we didn’t have a choice.”

“Next year maybe the university will open up other spots, you never know,”said Miranda. “But for now, we’re going to be optimistic that this will work and it will be a great experience.”

A spokesperson for university operations,Cindy Posey, released this statement:

Tailgating at Centennial Park was managed by UT Austin Parking and Transportation Services (PTS).  Centennial Park was the only managed tailgating area on campus. With the closing of Centennial Park, there were no university alternatives available.
Centennial Park tailgaters were notified a year ago that the spaces were going away.  They were referred to the State of Texas which also sells tailgating spaces in a fashion similar to Centennial Park.
The greatest service PTS offers during football for a positive fan experience is multiple parking opportunities.  Please go to this link for information regarding football parking: http://www.utexas.edu/parking/football.html


KXAN’s Kevin Schwaller will be updating this story on KXAN News at 9 p.m. on the CW and KXAN News at 10.

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