A lot of fans rejoiced when the city eased off on anti-tailgating restrictions that would have barred the practice at the Dynamo's new downtown BBVA Compass Stadium.
After opening the season with four straight road games, the Dynamo will finally open up their new park May 12, and they have announced the tailgating policies that will be in effect for both the soccer and the Texas Southern football games.
Mostly, you're going to need to plan ahead. And to have planned ahead -- tailgating lots are only open to Dynamo season-ticket holders.
The good news: You can wave your open container of beer proudly in those lots.
"We knew when the Dynamo moved downtown that we would have to work through the tailgating issue because it was important for the fans. It was part of the experience and culture at their previous home, so it was important that we get this done," said BBVA Compass Stadium General Manager Doug Hall. "We worked with city officials to make sure we knew what the previous ordinances were and we asked them if they would agree to accommodate open container modifications in the downtown area."
Here are the details:
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-- All parking passes will be pre-sold. No cash spots will be sold on event days.
-- One 8' x 18' spot per pre-purchased parking hang tag; hang tag must be visible on vehicle rearview mirror at all times. One hang tag = one parking spot. BBVA Compass Stadium will strictly monitor and enforce this policy;
-- A ticket holder in possession of more than one pre-paid parking permit will be allowed to use adjacent spaces for tailgating per space regulations. Hang tags must be clearly displayed at each space (i.e. attached and visible on tent, cooler, etc.);
-- Tailgating is permitted on the medians separating Lots B & C from the roadways; however, the tailgating set up cannot impede or infringe upon the pedestrian sidewalks;
-- Tailgating will be allowed on a first come, first served basis; saving spots is not allowed. Patrons are encouraged to arrive in conjunction with other fans in order to set up adjacent tailgating events;
If you can't get your tailgate on, Dynamo officials are urging you to try Orange Avenue, "a pre-game fan-interaction area located on the south end of the stadium on Bastrop between McKinney and Walker, [that] will offer the general public a designated area to enjoy food and beverages, along with games, music and more."