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Yale Cracks Down on Tailgating, Bans Kegs After Woman’s Death

January 23, 2012

Jan. 20 (Bloomberg) -- Yale University will ban beer kegs at athletic events and restrict tailgate parties after the death of a woman at the annual Harvard-Yale football game last year.

The rule changes include a ban on large commercial vehicles or box trucks at sporting events unless driven by authorized vendors, a strict cut-off of tailgating once a game begins and the creation of a vehicle-free zone, according to a statement yesterday. University leaders sent out a campus-wide e-mail detailing the rule changes.

The Nov. 19 death of Nancy Barry, 30, occurred when a U- Haul truck loaded with kegs lost control and hit a crowd of tailgaters in the parking lot outside the Yale Bowl. Police in New Haven, where Yale is based, continue to investigate the crash, according to the Yale Daily News.

In addition to the new rules, which are effective immediately, the university is also examining traffic and crowd control at sporting events, security and other issues, according to the statement.

--Editors: Chris Staiti, Lisa Wolfson

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