BLACKSBURG, Va. - The Virginia Tech Hokies have banned tailgating for the fall season.
The university's website announcement said "This decision applies to football games, as well as all other fall sporting events, including soccer, volleyball, and cross country."
Officials also specified that tailgating is prohibited in university and town parking lots and public spaces.
Hokie football fans are asked to “homegate” with members of their family or pods to safely watch each game.
The release said police will be there to inform people tailgating is banned and they are "prepared to enforce this decision if individuals choose not to comply." Town officials will also be enforcing pandemic ordinances.
“Football weekends and tailgate gatherings are cherished traditions for Virginia Tech and our community,” said Virginia Tech President Tim Sands. “I appreciate the input and support of athletic director Whit Babcock and community leaders as we came to this difficult conclusion. Though it is disappointing for all of us as we look forward to fall football, protecting public health remains our primary goal, and the foundation of the decisions we make.”