MIAMI – Die-hard Super Bowl fans have to face the big game this year without one of football's favorite pastimes: Tailgating.
"There is no tailgating allowed in the Dolphin Stadium parking lots," Sue Jaquez, a member of the Super Bowl XLI Host Committee, confirmed to CBS 4 News. "And there is no tailgating anywhere within a one-mile radius of the stadium … and there are no RVs allowed."
A team official however, said tailgating is allowed during regular games for Miami Dolphins fans, and will also be allowed at the Super Bowl. But Jaquez said that official was seriously misinformed.
Tailgating is a common practice where fans typically park their vehicles in or near the stadium parking lot, basically holding pre-game parties that usually include food, drinks and music.
The Dolphins do not organize and oversee the Super Bowl, Jaquez said. Those duties belong to NFL officials, and due to security reasons, no pre-game partying on (or within a mile of) the premises will take place.
Any fans seen tailgating could face charges, Jaquez added.
"This is part of the NFL, not the Dolphins," she said. "If the Dolphins are saying there's tailgating — or think it's going to be allowed — then they need to contact the NFL."
The no-tailgating rule was confirmed by Detective Nelda Fonticella of the Miami-Dade Police.
If caught grilling food or drinking alcohol within the one-mile radius of the stadium, fans "will be warned and asked to pick up their things and leave," Fonticella said.