- Associated Press - Tuesday, October 21, 2014

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - A popular Nebraska football tailgating spot has permanently banned alcohol after a violent incident that ended with 13 arrests and sent a police officer to the hospital.

The nonprofit Indian Center’s board of directors voted 4-3 Monday to support the ban. Members who approved the measure said they didn’t want to promote alcohol use or abuse. Others said the ban would result in a loss of funds that the Native American community would have benefited from, the Lincoln Journal Star reported (https://bit.ly/1r7xaJ0 ).

On Sept. 20, the area turned chaotic in the hours before the Nebraska-Miami kickoff, with fans causing thousands of dollars in damage. Lincoln police issued 27 tickets for violations, including assault on a police officer. The officer was treated and released after being hit in the head with a full beer can.

Last football season, parking on the grounds brought in more than $68,000 in revenue. People will still be charged $15 to park their cars for tailgating at the Lincoln lot on game days. The director of the center said it was making about $10,000 per game but expects that revenue to drop to $1,600 with the ban.

For the Sept. 27 Illinois game, the center banned drugs and alcohol and prohibited walk-ins in the tailgate area, which resulted in the decline of the center’s parking profits to just over $1,500 .

“We may never get up to 700 to 800 cars again,” board member Myron Long Soldier said.

The center is trying to build a new $12 million building and renovate its current headquarters.



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