Faculty Research at Morehead State University


Perceptions of Students, Faculty, and Administrators About Pregame Tailgate Parties at a Kentucky Regional University

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This study specifically examined three main factors affecting 343 respondents’ (235 students, 88 faculty, and 20 administrators) interest and motives for attending pre-game tailgate events, which are considered as a rich celebratory ritual of college football. These factors included: (1) the primary reasons for participation in tailgating; (2) the potential problems and risks related to hosting a tailgate; and (3) recommendations for operating a safe tailgate party. Practical strategies on control of alcohol consumption, promotional for the tailgate events, and regulatory policies for developing tailgating events were identified and discussed based on the results.