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Open container violations rise during Ohio State season opener

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It seems as though Buckeyes fans might have been more open about their tailgating this year during the home opener than last year.

There were 16 reports involving open container violations filed this past weekend, according to the University Police daily log. Eight of the offenses took place at a parking lot at 12th Avenue and Cannon Drive, and four were at the Agricultural Administration parking lot.

Ohio law defines an open container as any type of open beer or intoxicating liquor in a public space.

Ohio State played Virginia Tech on Saturday at 8 p.m. and lost, 35-21. It was OSU’s home opener and first night game of the season, and many started drinking alcohol at off-campus house parties and bars long before the game started.

Last year, the home opener was the first game of OSU’s season, played against Buffalo on Aug. 31 at noon. During that weekend — Aug. 30, 2013, through Sept. 1, 2013 — eight reports listed open container violations, according to the log. The Cannon parking lot was the most prevalent location of the incidents, with three reported violations that weekend.

One student in this year’s 16 reports was cited for an open container violation, while the rest weren’t affiliated with OSU. All citations issued during the 2013 home opener weekend were to non-affiliates.

The first home night game of the 2013 season was against Wisconsin on Sept. 28 at 8 p.m. During the weekend of Sept. 27-29, 2013, there were 15 reports involving open container violations, according to the log. Four of those violations occurred at the Sisson Hall parking lot, located on Coffey Road on the west side of the Olentangy River.

All people cited that weekend were listed as having unknown affiliations with the university.

Some students said Monday they didn’t think the number of open container violations this past weekend was surprising.

“I mainly saw people in other people’s front yards (drinking), not really on the street or anything,” said Karina Ilkanich, a fourth-year in special education. “I think it’s all just part of the gameday experience. There isn’t really much to do about it.”

Chirayu Patel, a fifth-year in mechanical engineering, said he thinks the number of open container violations per week will go down as the football season continues.

“As the semester goes on, I think that number will decrease because students will start understanding there are certain things they can’t do,” he said.

Austin Koenig, a second-year in mechanical engineering, agreed that the number of open container violations this past weekend isn’t out of the norm. He said it’s hard to tell if there could have potentially been more open containers than what as reported, however.

“There were a few people I noticed with open containers, however, it’s hard to tell because most people have those red cups because most people don’t want to walk around with a blatant alcohol container on a college campus,” he said.

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