After Rutgers’ university-sponsored student tailgate was shut down Tuesday due to safety concerns and students threatened to boycott home games, Rutgers athletic director Pat Hobbs wrote a letter to encourage student to attend Saturday’s Big Ten opener against Iowa. A petition created on change.org urged students to boycott Rutgers home football games until the student tailgate was reopened.
A letter from AD Pat Hobbs to the students regarding The Alley: https://t.co/eUkoKIFgCe
— Rutgers Athletics (@RUAthletics) September 21, 2016
In the letter, Hobbs wrote that there are concerns with the capacity of the tailgating space, known as “The Alley,” the availability of services, and alcohol consumption. He thanked the students for their support and invited them for Rutgers’ Scarlet Walk as the football team arrives at High Point Solutions Stadium.
Hobbs apologized this week for appearing in a viral video in which he drinks from a beer that had been thrown to him on-stage at a university-sponsored student tailgate earlier this season.