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Gary Suhadolnik's Editorial Response: New Tailgating Restrictions

New tailgating rules are put in place as safety precautions. (Source: WOIO) New tailgating rules are put in place as safety precautions. (Source: WOIO)

I am Gary Suhadolnik responding to Dominic Mancuso's editorial criticizing Cleveland's common sense restraints on tailgating.

"Open containers of alcohol" are illegal outside of one's home, business or a licensed liquor establishment. Shame on you for encouraging Cleveland to ignore state law.

Excessive drinking before a game simply brings a host of already-buzzed fans into the stadium, providing further opportunity for unruly, and in some cases, dangerous behavior. After excessive drinking, nature often calls, and I simply cannot recall any restroom facilities near the municipal lots.

With regard to open flames, what does one do with hot charcoal prior to the game? Put it in the car? Dump it somewhere in the parking lot? Or dump it in a garbage can where the trash inside might catch on fire?

Cleveland has indicated that folks must pay for all the spaces they use. Wow, what a concept!

I guess there is a reason the municipal lots are called "Parking Lots" and not "Party Lots."

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