Tailgating Banned at Jiffy Lube Live

posted May 15th, 2011 at 11:32 am

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by Josh

Jiffy Lube Live (formerly Nissan Pavilion) appears to be serious about no tailgating this year:

Spokespeople for Jiffy Lube and its owner Live Nation didn’t return phones and emails late this week. But Prince William County police confirm that the Bristow concert venue is cracking down on partying in the parking lot. No pop-up tents, no portable grills and absolutely no alcohol.

There has always been a rule against drinking in the parking lot. But now the outdoor amphitheater is adopting a “no tolerance” policy when it comes to drinking and tailgating.

Fans buying tickets for shows this season were surprised to see “No Tailgating” stamped on their stubs. On its Facebook page, Jiffy Lube Live writes that safety, and abiding by Virginia’s law banning public alcohol consumption, prompted the change.

“The safety of the fans is of paramount importance and we have an ongoing commitment to work with the local police department on all shows to ensure a safe environment for all of our fans. As part of this commitment, it has been determined that it is in the best interest of the fans and their overall experience at the venue to not allow tailgating.”

Fans, particularly “Parrotheads” who flock to Jimmy Buffett shows, have flooded Jiffy Lube Live’s Facebook page with complaints. They’ve even started a Facebook page of their own called “Boycott Jiffy Lube Live Tailgating Policy.”



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  • Dean

    I guess last year was my last concert at Nissan.  I wasn’t planning on going this year and I guess I won’t be going next year.   

  • Pculotta

    Hey Jimmy,

    Come back to Merriweather Post! You know how much we love ya in Maryland!!

    Hey Jiffy Lube you know what you can do with your venue

    • Paul

      No tailgating with drinks at Merriweather, that’s why Jimmy doesn’t play there. I was there (my first JB) the first year they had the alcohol ban, a parking lot full of bummed out fans and gestapo police looking for “foam”.    

      • Roby_jim

        Paul, WTF are you talking about.
        I go to Merriweather ALL the time and have NEVER had an issue with not being able to tailgate.

        • Missb68

          The last time Jimmy was at Merriweather they banned tailgaiting and left everyone sitting along the highway for hours with police patroling the line of cars.  It was ridiculous.  Jimmy’s people said he would never return and he has held true.

        • Missb68

          The last time Jimmy was at Merriweather they banned tailgaiting and left everyone sitting along the highway for hours with police patroling the line of cars.  It was ridiculous.  Jimmy’s people said he would never return and he has held true.

  • virginia

    Why doesn’t Jiffy Lube buy the land around the pavilion?  That way it would be private property and Prince William County Police would not have jurisdiction.  Jiffy Lube could hire their own security.  It appears this is the beginning of the end of this pavilion, and I am sure it will be the last time Jimmy Buffett appears there.  I am guessing Jiffy Lube will still be selling their $12 beers? 

  • http://twitter.com/coolbreeze2444 Ken Carriker

    Wasn’t this the reason Jimmy didn’t perform in St. Louis for about 15 years? Then Verizon Wireless amphitheater changed their policy to allow tailgating and Jimmy came back. 

  • Tkrsanders

    Well I hope they ban alcohol sales ! If they are so concerned about drinking and driving then should not sell any alcohol at all…. The Lube is 5 mins. from my house and it’s been great, but I’m done.  I hope the place folds.  Hey Jimmy….cancel the show.  I much as I enjoy seeing you every year, donate the money for the ticket to a good cause.  I don’t want to give a dime to that place.

  • Skip Morrow

    We saw Jimmy last year at Jiffy Lube and the back of the tickets did indeed say “No Tailgating”, but alas, there was plenty of tailgating.  I did not see anyone getting hassled by the police, and I didn’t see anyone causing any trouble either.  It was a great night.  This is a tough one to enforce.  If you have your adult beverage in a non-clear solo cup, and aren’t being an ass, it’s hard to imagine the police running around looking in each cup they see.  And if they did figure out that you had some alkyhol in your cup, I think they’d probably make you pour it out rather than arrest you.  What a shame.

  • Skip Morrow

    We saw Jimmy last year at Jiffy Lube and the back of the tickets did indeed say “No Tailgating”, but alas, there was plenty of tailgating.  I did not see anyone getting hassled by the police, and I didn’t see anyone causing any trouble either.  It was a great night.  This is a tough one to enforce.  If you have your adult beverage in a non-clear solo cup, and aren’t being an ass, it’s hard to imagine the police running around looking in each cup they see.  And if they did figure out that you had some alkyhol in your cup, I think they’d probably make you pour it out rather than arrest you.  What a shame.

  • Anonymous

    I can understand banning grills – I have seen idiots leave hot coals out and playing with lighter fluid.  I can also see them banning alcohol in the lot – especially post concerts.  But to fully ban tailgaiting is pathetic.  Wolftrap – not far from JLL – allows picnicking with lawnseats.  I think it may be a good idea for people to start asking Wolftrap to start courting some of the performers who go to JLL.  I have seen Meatloaf a couple times there, Alice Cooper and other concerts.  It is a lovely place. 

  • Mheebie

    Don’t be fooled by their concern about drunk drivers, and that being the reason for enforcing a no tailgating policy.  I’ve volunteered at the venue for years, and I have not seen the inside lines as long as they were for the WMZQ fest.  They couldn’t keep up with the food orders, and the beer lines were 2-3 times as long as I’ve seen in the past.  Live Nation sure knows what they are doing to their income.  They have a lot less bands this year than normal, but they sure will make up for it with food/beer sales. That’s if they can sell out the bands that remain.  I just heard that Jimmy already canceled this show, but haven’t seen a real confirmation yet.  Too bad.  The parking lot show was almost as good as the one inside the gates.

  • Rafikic

    Jimmy, I have loved our dates at JLL for the past few years. I will understand, however, you standing me up this year. I will miss the good times, the awesome music, the eccentric people, the fine cuisine, but I understand that Live Nation is destroying our relationship. We’ll meet again somewhere, in some other fine city that understands the full experience of a Buffett concert. Sincerely- Someone who loves the Buffett Experience

    For everyone else- Besides the sheer awesomeness of the tailgating, it was also a necessity because JLL can’t handle the traffic all coming or leaving at once. They are going to have a huge problem on their hands when they can’t get everyone parked between the times they open the gates and the show begins. I’ve waited 3-4 hours to get out of the parking lots at the end of a concert, and the community of tailgaters was the only thing that kept us sane. I COMPLETELY support them cracking down on drinking and driving, but that is not their intent. Their intent is clearly to have us all pay for their beer instead of bringing our own. Way to ruin a true Buffett experience.

  • Cbland

    If Jiffy Lube Live is abiding by VA law banning “public” alcohol consumption then why do they not find an issue with the extreme amount of alcohol sold inside the public venue.  Perhaps—-due to the extreme amount of MONEY they make from us——–THE PUBLIC!!!!

  • Docems

    I am in agreement of the previous post.. If alchol is so bad, why do they sell it in the venue..Money is my guess and the same with the food.  This is totally rediculous and it will be my last time at the venue.  Tailgating adds  to the party atmosphere of the concert.  Oh well will be great to see Jimmy one last time at Bristow…

  • Disappionted rick

    This will be my last as well,I’ll coming because he is coming.
    I got a party and a tour bus to get there and back.And that’s it.NO beers when I’m there!
    Live nation,rename your company,don’t do something this idiotic again,and MAYBE I’ll give you my money again.
    ‘Till then,I hope you FAIL!!!!!!!!!

  • Ncl

    “The safety of the fans is of paramount importance…” …as long as the actions they enforce don’t cause a loss of revenue. You see if they were to cancel the show because of the hurricane, it would be an action benefitting others, not themselves.

  • Keoghnj

    Not quite sure why the concert has not been cancelled in light of Hurricane Irene?  Any comments?

  • Jawarehime

    Send a message…boycott jiffy lube

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