Fewer police citations were handed out at the Sept. 7 home opening football tailgate and game than the total at the first home matchup against Texas Tech University last year.
During the tailgate and game against Prairie View A&M University, San Marcos Police Department officers handed out 10 minor in possession citations, seven public intoxication incidents and four misrepresentation of age by a minor citations. University Police Department officers issued seven minor in possession citations and four public intoxication incidents at the tailgate and game.
“Tailgate was smooth with minor problems, and the football game went smooth with minor problems,” said Adam Rodriguez, UPD sergeant. “We had most of our violations occur during tailgate and then we had some that spilled over into the stadium.”
There were fewer violations at the first home game this year in comparison to last year’s home opening game against Texas Tech. SMPD reported four suspicious persons arrests, one harassment ticket, nine public intoxication incidents and five minor in possession citations last year.
Chase Stapp, SMPD assistant chief of operations, said there was nothing out of the ordinary during the first home football game.
“It was a busy weekend, but nothing that could be attributed to the game,” Stapp said. “It was just overall a busy weekend for us, but nothing extraordinary occurred.”
Stapp said they planned in advance for last year’s first home game because they knew the crowds expected from Tech would be a large number.
“We did of course learn some lessons from that, but just on your normal game weekend we don’t have to put on too much extra stuff,” Stapp said.
UPD Officer Otto Glenewinkel said this was the second largest crowd in the stadium, but did not see an increase in citations given out as a result.
According to the Athletics Department, the game against Prairie View was the second most attended game in Texas State history with 20,135 in attendance. The Bobcats had 33,006 in attendance for the Texas Tech game, the largest ever.
“Usually the biggest drop off you see from one game to another is the opening weekend of when hunting season starts,” Glenewinkel said. “That game is usually really dead, other than that they are all pretty much consistent—unless you have a really large game like the Texas Tech game.”
Rodriguez said there were approximately 33 officers working the football game and about six officers working tailgate, which is the standard number of cops on duty.