Below are some great tips to have a safe, responsible, and conscientious tailgate:
Before the event, develop a clean-up plan. Bring plenty of trash bags. You can also help Sustain Mizzou – an organization who hands out recycling bags before every home game so that you can recycle all your cans and bottles.
Avoid glass bottles. Don't risk someone getting cut by broken glass and make your clean up easier.
Have non-alcoholic beverages available and provide food. And if you're drinking, make sure to eat some tailgate food. We've provided some great ideas and suggestions in our Tailgating 101, Recipes Section.
Remember, you're there for the football! Don't promote alcohol as the center of the event or encourage guests to play drinking games. You could wind up being unable to go to the real game later!
If you're over 21 and choose to drink alcohol, keep your consumption moderate (0 drinks if you're driving, 1 per hour sets a good pace). Also, if you choose to drink, make sure to designate a driver who has had nothing to drink.
Remember drugs and alcohol don't mix – even over-the-counter and prescription drugs can be very dangerous when combined with alcohol.
Obey laws, and don't argue with the cops if they show up.
Parts of the section above are modified from The True Gentleman Initiative: Steps for Responsible Social Planning handout and UC-Davis's website on Smart Party Initiative.