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A Texas State official responsible for postgame trash pickup said the size of crowds caused the clean up process to take about 24 hours longer than he had planned.
A San Antonio-based company hired to remove refuse from the stadium and the surrounding parking lots expected to be finished by Sunday morning. But the volume of trash caused the cleanup to stretch into this morning, said associate athletics director Don Coryell.
“Because there was so much to do inside the stadium and the blocks around the stadium, it took us about a day longer than I had hoped,” Coryell said.
He said the slower-than-expected trash cleanup will be re-evaluated for future games to make sure the process goes more smoothly.
“There were three Dumpsters out there that weren’t full so we do need to do a better job our educating our fans about picking up their trash,” Coryell said.
He said about 25 people worked continuously throughout the weekend to clean up trash, including emptying receptacles at a designated tailgating area behind the Jowers Center. Each company or group who rented a tailgating spot were given trash can liners, he said.
Also this morning, Ken Bell, the city’s emergency coordinator, called a Thursday morning meeting of city and university officials to review public safety procedures and prepare for future games.
“It is important to get this complete soon after so we are fresh with information. In this particular AAR we are gong to not only review the game related events, but the next steps for future large and small games. We are breaking this down to what happens inside the stadium and the attached parking lots and everything outside the bubble — tailgate, Charles Austin and such,” Bell wrote in an email organizing the “After Action Review.”
A photo of a trashed practice field near Bobcat Stadium has sparked a heated Facebook debate this morning in the aftermath of Texas State’s first home game as a member of the Football Bowl Subdivision.
Thousands of football fans spent Saturday afternoon partying in designated tailgating area behind Jowers Center off Charles Austin Drive and in a West Campus parking lot off Speck Street. Other unsanctioned tailgate parties sprung up across town.
Longtime San Marcos resident Diane Munk Wood posted a photo taken Saturday evening of drifts of refuse strewn across the Jowers tailgating area.
Wood attached a note that read, “This is what Texas State tailgating did to San Marcos on Saturday. I love this town. I do not love what the college has done to it” and tagged Mayor Daniel Guerrero’s Facebook page.
Within minutes, Guerrero’s page was flooded with comments. Some were appalled by the photo. Others noted that the tailgating areas were spic and span by at least Sunday, within 24 hours after the big game. Guerrero himself waded into the comments and posted a photo of a cleaned up Jowers practice field taken this morning.
Guerrero told the Mercury this morning that the photo was taken by a city staff member at about 8 p.m. Saturday, while the game was less than halfway over. He said it was intended as a “before” photo to show and that the university’s major cleanup operation was underway shortly thereafter.
“With so many people in one place, it’s going to take a little bit of time to get things cleaned up. That particular photo was a moment in time and there were already folks preparing to clean it up when the photo was taken,” Guerrero said.
He said Texas State was responsible for clean up of all property within its boundaries and the city likewise responsible for its own property, including the City Hall, library and activity center parking lots near the stadium. The mayor said he heard from people as early as Sunday morning who were pleased that cleanup of city property had already been completed.
The university’s facilities department told the Mercury this morning that post-game cleanup was handled by a private contractor hired by the athletics department.
The Mercury left a message with associate athletics director Don Coryell and will update this story when we hear from him.
You have to look at it from a positive side Diane. Although it’s trashy, its job security for the cleaning crew who needs to feed their family this week. Trust me: I know it looks bad, I say the same thing here in Party Town S.A. Especially around Fiesta. But after hearing Clean up crews talking about no trash no cash. My thought totally changed. Just tell yourself “someone’s mommy/daddy” is going to get a nice paycheck. You know it don’t stay this way for long. Have a Great Day!
Janis Thormahlen Salmon:
“Telling these kids that it’s fine to disgrace the town by leaving their &%$# everywhere so someone can have a job for a couple of days — not! Wanting the nation to see our city in this manner will leave an impression for a lifetime. .. How hard is it to hang a trash bag and put your trash in there? It’s just saying they haven’t been taught right.”
“The city nor the university can determine people’s behavior we can only prepare to respond to their actions and try to set boundaries and rules to monitor them reaction. Neither of us can immediately control another persons behavior nor should we dump on the entire university student body when many were doing their part to clean up, recycle and keep the entire campus beautiful. You’re looking at a small photo of a larger picture that included a very successful weekend from a safety perspective where we had one major arrest in a small area that was filled with 10,000 people.”
“The university is not going anywhere for all of you who like to sit and complain that it is ruining San Marcos. I realize that students need to not assume someone else will clean up after them like mommy and daddy did while they were growing up. However, it does nothing to bash the university, complain about what it does to the city, and to blame the students for everything. Why not think of a solution instead? We have person after person complaining about the problem, but none fo you want to step up and create a solution.”
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“Sometimes it does seem people are looking for a chance to blame the University and students. I have seen other venues with primarily adults attending leave just as much trash. There was a plan in place to clean areas such as this up and it was executed efficiently. None of us like to see this much trash, but there was a great deal of enthusiasm and people on hand to prepare for the game four to six hours beforehand. I think the more important aspect of this game is the respect I saw between Texas State and the Texas Tech fans.”