The new tailgate location will be announced online at www.thetailgate2006.com and www.college.harvard.edu by noon today, according to an e-mail sent to the student body by Dean of the College Benedict H. Gross ’71 yesterday afternoon.
“The tailgate is not being canceled. It’s just being relocated,” Campus Life Fellow John T. Drake ’06 said. The new location will be on the Boston side of the Charles River, Drake said, and the same alcohol and tailgates rules for the Ohiri Field tailgate will apply to the new location.
Drake did not specify which locations are being considered, but Lowell Allston Burr Resident Dean Ryan M. Spoering sent out an e-mail to Lowell students yesterday saying that the tailgates would be located in “parking lots near the stadium, not at Ohiri mudpit.”
The Harvard Business School open lot and the Pepsi lot, both located on Western Avenue, are two parking lots listed on www.thetailgate2006.com as parking lots available for game-goers.
Gross would not provide additional information as to the possible location of the tailgate.
“We’ll decide by noon tomorrow,” he wrote in an e-mail last night.
“We’re definitely planning on still doing our tailgate wherever we’re allowed,” said Cabot House Committee Co-Chair Daniel Gonzalez-Kreisberg ’07. He added that a smaller tailgate space than Ohiri Field “might make the tailgate more fun” for students.
Lowell HoCo Co-Chair Jonathan V. Brewer ’07 said that he was officially notified of the tailgate change from Gross’s e-mail and that his HoCo is “just going to try to go with the flow at this point and make the best of it.”
Yesterday’s pep rally was also cancelled due to forecasts of rain.
“It doesn’t make sense to ask students to stand out in the rain with electrical equipment,” Drake said.
College Events Board (CEB) Chair Tessa C. Petrich ’07 said she did not think the cancelled rally would cut into the board’s budget, unless there were “nominal” cancellation fees for the stage or sound system.
The pep rally would have been similar to last year’s, with the addition of a No. 1 fan contest and a parade of the Houses into the Yard. The plastic megaphones and noisemakers meant for distribution at the pep rally will be given out instead at stein clubs or at the tailgate, Petrich said.
“We’re all very disappointed by the cancellation of the pep rally, but we’re really excited about the tailgate and game,” she said.
Just CheerShuttle service isn’t the only thing being scaled back this year.
Yale Student Charged in Tailgate Death Receives ProbationYale student Brendan Ross, the driver of a U-Haul truck that killed one woman and injured two others at the 2011 Harvard-Yale Game tailgate, was granted a form of probation Friday that allows him to avoid a criminal record.
First H-Y Game in New Haven Since 2011 Accident To Feature Stricter Tailgating RulesWith kegs banned, U-Haul access restricted, and student tailgates housed on tennis courts, tailgating before this year’s Harvard-Yale football game in New Haven may look much as it does in Cambridge.
Harvard-Yale Life Hacks
Dos and Don'tsThe Harvard-Yale Game, which dates back to 1875, is one of the oldest and most notable rivalries in the history of college sports. It is also one of the most highly anticipated events of the college year for students from both schools. Regardless of whether or not you’re a sports fan, the weekend of The Game is a weekend for memories. These memories will not be created in a cubicle of Lamont or in the silence of Widener—you will likely be alone and crying in these places if you choose to stay behind. Throw on your Crimson gear, get yourself down to New Haven, and keep these do’s and don’t’s in mind as you prepare and proceed for a legendary weekend.
Pre-Game ResponsiblyWe consider Yale’s decision a sensible reaction to an accident that exposed the shortcomings of its tailgating policies and the resulting responsibility gap.