Mayor Chris Beutler today praised the Indian Center for its action to prevent further problems with tailgating on its property at 10th Street and Military Road. He also called on Husker fans to help law enforcement officials maintain a fun and safe atmosphere on football game days. Indian Center officials announced yesterday that no alcohol or drugs will be allowed for Saturday's tailgate party, and no one will be allowed into the area without purchasing a parking space and entering in a vehicle.
"I want to thank Executive Director Clyde Tyndall and the other leaders of the Indian Center for working with our Police Department and taking the necessary steps to avoid the problems experienced last Saturday," Mayor Beutler said. "The Indian Center is an important and valuable agency and cultural resource in our community. The foolish actions of a few people should not be allowed to tarnish the Center's good work."
The actions of some participants at the tailgate party before Saturday's Husker football game against Miami resulted in an injured Lincoln Police Officer, 13 arrests and 25 citations. More than 30 Police Officers as well as County Sheriff's deputies and State Patrol troopers responded to the disturbance.
"The traditions surrounding Husker football games are a source of pride for our City and our State," Beutler said. "Saturday's incident reminds us that it only takes a few irresponsible people to ruin a fun atmosphere and create a dangerous situation. I call on all Husker fans to work with us to send a strong message that this kind of reckless behavior will not be tolerated."
Public Safety Director Tom Casady said the actions taken by the Indian Center are a good first step.
"We appreciate the Indian Center re-evaluating its operation on games days," Casady said. "The reputation the venue has developed didn't happen overnight, and we recognize that it may take a while to change this, but this is a move in the right direction. We trust that the Indian Center leaders are sincere and will make their best efforts to get matters under control. We stand willing to help them to the extent that we are able as they do so, but this is ultimately their responsibility."
The actions announced by the Indian Center are in effect for Saturday's game only. Tyndall said long-term policy changes will be discussed at an October meeting of the Indian Center Board.