Well, yesterday was Penn State's seventh home home. This season has not exactly been perfect for tailgating. The noon games have been ok, fair weather but not a lot of time to tailgate. The Iowa game- Rain. The Minnesota game- Snow, canceled tailgating, altered parking, but we dealt with it. So, yesterday was Ohio State 3:30pm start, and Great Weather!!! Time for some good tailgating. We got here early and waited in line for the gates to open. We made our way to our favorite spot. We set everything up, Canopy, tables, chairs, food, generator, music.... the same we do every week. Folks on either side have their tailgate set up to even include satellite tv powered by a generator. Everyone is enjoying a great day of fun, friends, good weather, great game in store for us all. Perfect day right? Then the Penn State campus police arrived and told everyone to turn off the generators. What? Why? Why today? everyone complied. The generators were turned off, along with the music, TV's and whatever else. When asked, why today. The answer given was "that's the rules" That was followed up with if you turn them back on you will be arrested for trespassing. What? trespassing? I believe it is time for a revision of the tailgating policies. I can idle my vehicle all day but can't run a super quiet Honda generator. Honda by the way is a Penn State Athletics sponsor. Does anyone have any information on the reason for this policy on no generators? Am I missing something? How many other people experienced this yesterday? I purchased a super quiet Honda generator because
they are made for an environment like tailgating. No noise, no problem. No one that had a generator near me bothered me. They were all being used very responsibly. No harmful exhaust fumes. No problems at all. One of the other given reasons was there are statistics on the harms of generator use. Really I was not aware of them. Do tell. I am looking for a positive way to approach the university about changing their policy on generators. Any ideas?