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Qualcomm Will Host Tailgating for Buffett

March 8th, 2012

San Diego parrotheads will have a place to tailgate on Saturday after all.

After initially declining to allow Jimmy Buffett fans to use the Qualcomm Stadium parking lot for a tailgate party prior to Saturday night’s Buffett concert at SDSU’s Viejas Arena, stadium officials have done an about face.

“We’ve kind of reversed course. We’ve decided to open it up for tailgaters,” Mike McSweeney, the manager of Qualcomm Stadium, said Thursday afternoon. “We’ve had such an overwhelming number of requests from people wanting to tailgate (Saturday).”

Why the initial reluctance?

McSweeney said stadium officials were concerned about costs Qualcomm would have had to absorb to pay for cleaning up the parking lot after the tailgate party and for providing Porta-Potties and security.

“Because we’re charging for parking, well use those revenues to pay for the Porta-Potties and the dumpsters,” he said. “We have a lot of space and we’ll open it up as needed.”

Tailgating at Qualcomm won’t be cheap. Officials will open the gates at noon and charge $20 per car and $60 per RV.

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