Football fans in attendance of last Sunday’s CU vs. CSU game may have noticed an alarming number of individuals being escorted from Folsom Field.
After the near-capacity crowd funneled into Folsom Field, an equally impressive number of individuals were either ejected from the premises or arrested.
CU Police Department Commander Tim McGraw said that a total of 81 ejections occurred during Sunday’s game, 63 of which involved alcohol. Sixteen citations were issued for underage drinking and one individual was arrested for felony drug possession. A total of 24 people were arrested as a result of charges acquired at the game.
According to a CUPD press release, the unusually high number of arrests may have been due to the game’s high level of attendance.
“This game reflected the fact that we had a near capacity crowd at the stadium. We had a higher number of arrests and summonses issued than typical for a football game,” McGraw said. “This game was a bit of an anomaly.”
Some students feel that citations issued during football games may not be as justified as those issued outside the realm of Folsom Field.
Blake Netzeband, a 21-year-old Junior Business major felt that a citation issued to him during a football game was “bogus.”
“Though I chose not to partake in the drinking, [security] chose me out of the group. I feel like they need to choose who they’re trying to kick out of games,” Netzeband said.
All charges against Netzeband were later dropped.
Some CU students feel that there may have been another underlying cause for the high number of arrests.
“[The game] is a chance for celebration and for 99.9 percent of CU students,” said Jordan Thomas, a 20-year-old senior Environmental Studies major. “Celebration means getting drunk.”
Contact CU Independent Staff writer Ben Vallier at firstname.lastname@example.org.