Waco: New Stadium Opens Possibility Of "Sailgating"

WACO (July 31, 2014) With opening day at McLane Stadium just around the corner some people are gearing up to "sailgate" before the big game.

One of those people is Baylor graduate and serious bear fan Chris Griesemer.

"Oh 100 percent. I'm a season ticket holder. I go to all the home games and try to go to as many away games as possible," Griesemer said.

He says he can't wait till two of his favorite past times, boating and bear watching, will be combined into sailgating.

"It's a whole new way to tailgate. Tailgating is kind of a newer thing at Baylor. In our down years they didn't do it as much and so to have this whole new way of doing it, is really cool. so we'll definitely be out there," Griesemer said.

But he like many in the community have a few concern before they take on sailgating.

"On a boat a little 'oops' can be so magnified. Alcohol tends to be a lot of little oops, that can turn into a domino effect of unfortunate events on the water," Griesemer said.

Texas Game Warden Captain Neal Bieler along with the city and other law enforcement are taking the safety of sailgating very seriously.

"We'll have beefed up enforcement on the lakes, more wardens in from other districts, at least three boats on the water, one land unit, another on post," Captain Bieler said.

Beyond the extra enforcement, the wardens have also made the area around the stadium a "No Wake Zone" and they want boaters to know that a BWI is just as serious as a DWI.

"We want everyone to come out and have a good time. We just want them to be mindful and respectful and for people to know their limits," Captain Bieler said.

With that added enforcement, Griesemer is ready to take his love of the green and gold on the water.

"I'm ready to be out there no question," Griesemer said.

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