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Southern tailgaters disgruntled over spot mixup

4 years ago October 05, 2011 Oct 5, 2011 Wednesday, October 05 2011 Wednesday, October 05, 2011 5:16:50 PM CDT in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Stephanie Ryan

BATON ROUGE-- Dianne Woods and her family have been tailgating in the same spot between Harding Boulevard and the F.G. Clark Arena on Southern's campus for 18 years.  That tradition is nearing the end, and Woods is frustrated.

Five years ago, a traffic officer told Woods she and her family had to move.

"He said it's not a tailgating spot, and if it is, you need to pay for it." Woods explained.

Woods said her husband promptly went to SU's ticket office, described the location they wanted, and paid to tailgate.  Ever since, Woods has forked over $350 each year to tailgate.

It was never a problem until this year, when traffic officers pulled up on game day and told them they needed to move.  The problem, Woods said, is the officer couldn't say where they needed to move, or why.

"At least show me a diagram of where you moved the spot to, and that has never been done, and never been offered," Woods said.

That is, until News 2 showed up.  This afternoon, we went with Woods to the ticket office.

University representatives told News 2 the area Woods tailgates is high-traffic and could be dangerous.

Hours after Woods' trip to the ticket office, University representatives showed Woods her new spot, between the Field house and the Arena.

Woods doesn't like the spot as much, but says she can live with it, because the most important thing to her is supporting her team.

Southern will allow Woods and her family to stay in their current location until the end of this season.

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