NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - It is an understatement to say the Rutgers football season has been "disappointing."
But the one benefit for wary Rutgers fans has been the traditional tailgates, a great place to meet up with old friends, commiserate about the current football situation and say "Hi" to Big 10 fans from other schools who seem to be the main fan base at our home games as of late.
And, so with Penn State (7-3) and its truckloads of fans descending on university parking lots for the noon game Saturday, there was a lot of hope for one last decent tailgate this year, as the final home game of a trying season for all.
But then came Thursday' snow storm to New Brunswick.
Rutgers officials say several grass parking areas used for the tailgates are off-limits, all of which are a slushy mess. The capacity for the following lots – Yellow, Blue, Green and Green Media – has been limited and as a result, none-to-pleased pass holders for those lots may be sent to alternate parking lots, likely far away from the stadium.
Fans with Yellow, Blue and Green passes are directed to drive to their original lot. Once the grass lots reach the new reduced capacity, overflow will be relocated to other game day parking lots.
The Green Media lot will not be available for use on Saturday and pass holders will be parked in the Pink lots (Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences). A shuttle service has been provided for fans parked in the Pink lot starting at 7 a.m. Saturday. A shuttle back to the Pink Lot will be available until three hours after the game.
The following lots on Busch Campus – Brown, Scarlet, White, Tan, Purple, Silver, Black, Light Blue, Green Reserved and Blue ADA – will not be impacted. Original pass holders for those lots are advised to travel the normal route to access those areas. The Rutgers football game day parking map is available via the following link.
Still, it is Penn State, and it is Senior Day at Rutgers. Two reasons to still come out and give it the old college try.