Local restaurants say goodbye to tailgating season

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BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD)- Due to the ongoing coronavirus crisis Governor John Bel Edwards along side LSU officials came to a decision on regulations for the 2020 LSU Football season.

The 2020 Tiger Stadium plans and policies says the stadium will only hold up to 25 percent capacity and no tailgating.

For surrounding businesses the no tailgating rule will hit hard at home.

“We’re disappointed, we are disappointed,” Fat Boy’s Pizza owner, Gabe Corchiani said.

Opened just a week ago and located in front of Tiger Stadium, the restaurant is remaining positive despite looking forward to tailgating season.

“It’s great being across from the stadium, but we didn’t open up here for 8 homes games or whatever it is, that sort of a bonus lagniappe for us,” said Corchiani.

Walk-Ons, a go to for football tailgaters, is hoping since tailgaters can’t tailgate outside, more people will come in the restaurant to watch the games.

“We’re hoping the governor eases the restrictions so we can get more people in here,” Walk-Ons on Corporate Blvd manager, Josh Seals said.

On game days Walk-Ons experiences 100 percent capacity, but due to social distancing the restaurants is operating at 25 percent. Seals says he predicts the restaurant to be fully booked on game days despite the circumstances.

“I think it’s going be, people are going to be here majority of the day. If its a night game I anticipate we will be booked solid 12 and 3 and then they will be here duration of the game,” said Seals.

Seals says the business is hoping the Governor leads the state out of phase 2 in order to increase business.

“Hopefully we can get more bar stools, we are only allowed 12 bar stools,” Seals said.

Both restaurants are planning to get creative by creating an “at home tailgating” catering menu.

“I think that where a big part of business will be, delivery and take out,” said Corchiani.

The 2020 Tiger Stadium policy states tailgating items including tents, TV’s, tables and more will be prohibited on campus on Game Day.

Despite no tailgating parties ten feet across from his business, Corchiani is hopefully for a successful college football season.

“I’m sure there are going to be people coming into the restaurants to watch the game. we will have the game on all the Tv’s here. We have speakers outside, it’s a nice day they will be out here sitting. Still enjoy it and being probably 100 yards away from the stadium, it will be a good atmosphere to have.”

The entire The 2020 Tiger Stadium plans and policy can be found here.

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