Your Prayers Have Been Answered, Parrotheads
Jiffy Lube Live has lifted its much-criticized (especially by Jimmy Buffet fans) ban on tailgating, reports Chris Richards on Click Track. And yet:
So here are the rules. Grills will now be allowed. Tents and canopies will still be forbidden. Driving aisles must be kept clear of chairs and tables. And members of the Prince William County police, the Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control and Jiffy Lube Live staff will continue to enforce a ban on open alcohol containers in the parking lot.
No drinking? Isn't that, like, the whole point of tailgating?
The Bristow, Va., amphitheater, which is run by Live Nation, has posted an exhaustive guide to the ways in which one may now tailgate (including graphics!)—all of this being in accordance with Virginia law.
But I wouldn't be surprised if—you know, after an arrest or two to show they're serious—police and the venue start quietly allowing tailgating to occur as God intended it. After all, the whole point of lifting the ban is to keep Jiffy Lube Live's consumers happy. (Rep from Live Nation calls me in 3...2...1...)
At any rate, that's how the similarly sized, tailgate-friendly Maryland amphitheater Merriweather Post Pavillion rolls.