TCSS asks fans not to tailgate early for Troup-LaGrange game

Published 5:25 pm Wednesday, November 2, 2022

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Friday night’s LaGrange-Troup football game is huge, as it has playoff implications for the Grangers and is the only game standing between the Tigers and a perfect regular season.

With all the excitement, several groups had already placed tailgating equipment across from Callaway Stadium on Wednesday afternoon. The Troup County School System is asking everyone not to tailgate until at least noon on Friday, Nov. 4.

“As the game nears on Friday night, we ask people to refrain from setting up any tailgating items in the parking lot of LaGrange Auditorium across from Callaway Stadium before noon on Friday, November 4,” a statement from TCSS said. “Your items could be subject to removal by LaGrange College since the college owns the parking lot.”

The LaGrange Daily News saw where the tents that had been placed in the area were being taken down around 4 p.m. Wednesday.

TCSS also asked that during tailgating that parking spaces and driveways aren’t blocked.

“We appreciate your cooperation and look forward to a great game Friday night,” the statement said. “Thanks for supporting our schools. Go, Tigers! Go, Grangers!”

Dean Hartman, senior director of communications and marketing at LaGrange College, said the college’s concern is for the safety of the campus.

“The many ways that the south end of our campus is used can create challenges — especially at this time of year,” Hartman said. “Of course, our concerns are for the safety of the campus and community, especially maintaining emergency vehicle access, and the care of the grounds and athletic fields. As fate would have it, we also have a championship soccer game Saturday, and the opponent will be coming in Friday for a practice. As a result, we also have to ensure that tour busses can still access those roadways and parking lots. We value our partnership with the school system and appreciate them being proactive in addressing everyone’s concerns.”