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NMSU administration reminds Homecoming guests to tailgate safely, responsibly

With New Mexico State University celebrating Homecoming this weekend, the university's administration is inviting alumni, students, faculty, staff and guests to celebrate - but safely and responsibly.

Saturday, Oct. 30, will be the biggest day of Homecoming week, with the annual parade followed by the football game at 2 p.m., versus San Jose State.

From 8:30 a.m. to about noon Saturday, University Avenue will be closed from Triviz Drive to El Paseo Road to accommodate the parade. Traffic will not be permitted to turn southbound on Triviz Drive until the parade's conclusion. During that time, drivers needing to access the NMSU campus may do so via Las Alturas Drive to Wells Street, or via El Paseo Road to Stewart Street.

Meanwhile, the administration is encouraging pre-game tailgating, but wants to emphasize guidelines for doing so:

?Tailgating is allowed only in designated lots, and only four hours prior to kickoff and two hours post-game. To avoid traffic congestion, the tailgating lots will open at 8 a.m. Saturday, so attendees may park prior to the parade.

?Vehicles must be parked in order, within parking spaces, if marked. Police, security or other NMSU staff may enforce this. Parked vehicles that block access by emergency vehicles will be towed at the owner's expense.

?State laws regulating alcohol consumption and other public conduct will be enforced by law enforcement.

?No glass containers are allowed within the tailgating areas.

?The quantity of alcohol, per person, that may be brought into the tailgate area is limited to the amount one person can reasonably consume; no kegs, party balls or common containers are permitted. Those items will be refused at entry or confiscated.

?Alcoholic beverages are not allowed inside Aggie Memorial Stadium at any time.

?Treat NMSU police, security, game management staff and fellow fans, as well as university property, with respect.

"Police officers and other staff will be available in the tailgate lots to help answer questions," NMSU Deputy Chief of Police Stephen Lopez said. "We want everyone to have a safe and enjoyable experience both pre-game and during the game, and appreciate the large number of fans who are always courteous to each other and are here to support the Aggies."