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Wildcats fans cheer on tail-gating

Albany - The South Georgia Wildcats kick-off in Albany in less than three weeks. For many fans, football just isn't football without tailgating. But until now, tailgating and drinking alcohol weren't allowed outside the Albany Civic Center. That could change Tuesday night.

"Tailgating is just party of the game," said Civic Center Promotions and Marketing Manager Tony Ford.

The Civic Center was flooded with questions about tailgating, so Director Maddie Goddard asked city commissioners to make an exception to the open container rule and allow tailgating and drinking in a designated area. The area would be the parking lot behind the Civic Center at the corner of Front Street and Whitney Avenue.

"It's adjacent to Veteran's Park where there are restrooms and adjacent to Gate 'C' where you can go into the game," said Ford.

Commissioners are expected to decide Tuesday night if fans will be allowed to bring in alcohol or if they must buy beer from concession stands locate in the designated tailgating area. But, fans won't be able to leave the parking lot with open containers.

"We're going to be here in a fan-friendly, safe atmosphere," said Ford.

Team Owner Mike Storen welcomes tailgaters, but promises the real fun will begin when the Wildcats hit the field. "We look forward to the evening, as well as the daytime, being exiting for the fans coming over for the football game," said Storen.

If tailgating is popular, the Civic Center may bring in live entertainment and other activities. Storen hopes to see 4,000 fans at the home opener against the Macon Knights April 9th.