Missouri made it official Friday that tailgating will not be allowed on MU campus for fall sporting events.

“This was a difficult decision to make because of the passion Mizzou fans have for game-day tailgating and the backdrop it provides as part of a football Saturday in Columbia,” said Mizzou Director of Athletics Jim Sterk. “However, the health and safety of all our fans remain a top priority as we continue working toward a very different-looking 2020 season.”

“In an effort to curb the spread of COVID-19 and keep our community safe, we are prohibiting tailgating on University of Missouri property this fall,” said Vice Chancellor for Operations Gary Ward. “This means no tailgating anywhere — grassy or landscaped areas, sidewalks, streets, parking lots or parking structures.”

Last month, Mizzou announced that attendance for home football games will be capped at 25 percent capacity. The Tigers opens the Eliah Drinkwitz era at home against Alabama on Sept. 26. The game is set for a 6 p.m. CT kickoff, airing on ESPN.