Allow Tailgating at the Super Bowl

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We, the undersigned, insist that NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and the Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee abandon the "no tailgating at the Super Bowl" policy. We, the undersigned, strongly believe that the "no tailgating at the Super Bowl" policy has compromised the integrity of the NFL and betrays the common football fan.

Citing "security reasons" as the main motivation for banning tailgating prior to the 2007 Super Bowl in Miami, this policy has been upheld for Super Bowl XLII. This policy prohibits grilling or consuming alcohol in the stadium parking lots prior to the Super Bowl. Fans spotted tailgating could face criminal charges and/or arrest.

We, the undersigned, believe this policy to be hypocritical in light of the fact that tailgating is allowed, and highly encouraged, during the entire NFL season leading up to the Super Bowl. Does the NFL expect us to believe that tailgating at the Super Bowl poses a much greater public security risk than the weeks prior? Are we to believe that the threat of terrorism is so great that we are willing to abolish something as uniquely American as tailgating? Tailgating at the Super Bowl should be reinstated to demonstrate to potential terrorists that we will not give into our fear and will not compromise our American way of life.

If the National Football League and the Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee does not reverse its negative stance regarding tailgating at the Super Bowl, we, the undersigned, are willing to carry out a boycott. If tailgating is not allowed to resume at Super Bowl XLII, we, the undersigned, are prepared to boycott all of the products and companies that advertise during the Super Bowl XLII broadcast. We encourage Super Bowl XLII advertisers to remove their ads from the Super Bowl radio and television broadcasts as a show of support for the Americans who tailgate in stadium parking lots across the United States.

We urge Commissioner Goodell and the Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee to allow tailgating at University of Phoenix Stadium prior to Super Bowl XLII, February 3, 2008.