Intoxicated students are a problem at football games because they become disorderly and disturb the people around them, Lt. Ramiro Abad of the TCU Police said.
“We had three students [at the game against Southeastern Louisiana] who were issued alcohol violations and escorted out,” Abad said.
He said there is not a consistent trend regarding the number of students intoxicated at football games, noting the extent to which intoxication is an issue usually depends on the opponent and on the relative importance of the game.
“When the Grambling game came in [last season], we didn’t have a problem,” Abad said. “Of course it wasn’t a large game.”
In contrast, there were numerous issues involving disorderly students at the game against Texas Tech last year, he said.
According to the TCU Police Daily Crime and Fire Log, five TCU students and one Texas Tech fan were arrested for public intoxication at the Texas Tech game on Oct. 20 of last year.
If students call attention to themselves, or if a fan calls or texts a tip line about disorderly behavior, then an officer will escort the disruptive student out of the stadium, Abad said.
“[Last football season] we had 49 students who were disorderly and escorted out, and 17 of those were arrested,” he said.
Some students said they believe intoxicated students are a problem at home football games.
“I was at a game last year and a group of drunk guys behind me were really rowdy and yelling extremely rude things at the coaches on the sideline,” Jett Jenkins, a sophomore business major, said.
He said the group began fighting at one point and fell on top of other fans.
“One of them dropped a flask over the fence onto the sideline, and the cops came and kicked them out,” Jenkins said.
Jenkins said he and his friends eventually left the game because they were so annoyed by the other students' behavior.
Arion Taylor, a junior economics and strategic communication double major, said she attends football games on a regular basis, but it bothers her when students are overly intoxicated.
“People really need to learn how to use things responsibly,” Taylor said. “It becomes a problem when it starts affecting me and the people around me. Like if they are not in control of their body, their actions and their words it becomes a hassle.”
With tailgating and the football environment there will always be alcohol, Abad said.
“There is nothing wrong with drinking,” Abad said. “You just have to know your limitations.”