|From USF Athletics
We have some of the greatest fans and one of the most exciting college football environments in America at Raymond James Stadium. The huge majority of our fans are terrific – they enjoy the games, tailgate with great pride and passion, and treat each other, as well as visiting teams and their fans, with respect. We do recognize, though, the need to continually monitor and adjust our stadium policies and procedures to ensure that we are providing the very best experience possible for everyone who attends our games. To that end, many in the USF community including students, alumni and staff, developed and announced in August a new sportsmanship campaign – “Be Respect-A-Bull”. The campaign was launched prior to the first home game of 2008 and it is anticipated that it will be a staple of the USF culture for years to come.
In addition, we have worked together with our partners at TSA and law enforcement to implement a number of initiatives effective for the 2009 season. We believe these initiatives (listed below), coupled with our ongoing commitment to the “Be Respect-A-Bull” campaign, will ensure a fantastic game day experience for everyone.
|New or Enhanced Initiatives and Points of Emphasis|
|*Parking lots will open a maximum of four hours before kickoff (previous policy provided for parking lots to open five hours before kickoff for games that started after 1 p.m.)
*Fans will not be permitted to possess mass amounts of alcohol. Kegs or large vessels that contain alcoholic beverages will be prohibited and confiscated
*The number and presence of security, law enforcement personnel and ATB agents will be increased
*Efforts to identify intoxicated fans will be enhanced. Fans determined by law enforcement to be intoxicated will be denied entry to the stadium
|The number and presence of security and law enforcement personnel will be increased and enforcement of all stadium policies will be enhanced. Special emphasis will include, but not be limited to:
*Abuse of intoxicants will not be tolerated. Fans will be ejected for abusing intoxicants
*Profanity and other offensive language will not be tolerated. Fans will be ejected for using profanity and offensive language
*Disorderly behavior will not be tolerated. Fans will be ejected or arrested for such behavior
*Abusive or threatening behavior directed at the visiting team, visiting team fans, visiting team officials and game officials will not be tolerated. Fans will be ejected for such behavior
*The promotion of the stadium’s fan messaging service in which fans seeking assistance can immediately text 813-277-6501 or call 813-350-6501 will be dramatically increased
*The monitoring of alcohol sales and use will be enhanced.
*The stadium concessionaire will require identification from all fans purchasing alcohol. (Current practice requires identification only from those who appear to be 30 years of age or younger.)
*Additional undercover officers will be deployed to monitor and enforce all alcohol policies
|Ongoing Assessment and Review|
|*All policies and procedures will be subject to review and modification throughout the football season|
|Policies and Code of Conduct|
Ticket privileges will be revoked for those ejected from a game or arrested (policy will apply to season ticket holders, single-game ticket buyers and students).
The fact that the USF Student Code of Conduct and Student Alcohol Policy extends to all games at Raymond James Stadium will be more effectively communicated to all students. Students who violate the policy will be subject to disciplinary action in accordance with USF policy.
|Customer Service and Emergency Lines|
Call - 813-350-6501