Sober AF Entertainment brings hangover-free fun to tailgating

It’s an indictment of American and Colorado culture that so many events and activities are inextricably linked to having an adult beverage (or a THC vape pen) in hand. Golfers wave to the beer cart on the course. There is no shortage of cannabis in live musical performances. There is after skiing, after mountain biking, after rafting. Weddings, funerals, bachelor/bachelorette parties, baby showers, all are open bar. And, let’s face it, it’s not a football tailgate if you drink soda water.

That is, unless you are attending an event where Duke Rumley is hosting. Sober since 1989 – two years after the Grateful Dead tricked him into quitting drinking – Rumley started the nonprofit Sober AF Entertainment to give people a safe place to hang out during concerts, sporting events and other occasions when he feels uncomfortable not being drunk or stoned.

“It’s not an original idea,” Rumley said. “There are many sober support groups, like the Wharf Rats who follow the dead, the Phellowship who follow Phish and the Jellyfish who follow the String Cheese Incident. But my daughter, Jordan, and I wanted to expand the idea.

In 2018, that’s exactly what they did. Since then, Sober AF Entertainment has implemented non-substance sections (curious and sober fans are also welcome) at Colorado Rockies, Denver Nuggets, and Colorado Avalanche games; worked with Global Dance and Decadence festivals to provide sober areas with water, earplugs and hard candy; and has worked with universities in Colorado and across the country to provide sober fun at college football games.

“We sometimes have ticket discounts, but we always have NA food, drink, and corn hole,” Rumley says. “We also do our best to reconcile pleasure, education and access to services. Most of the time we try to make sure it’s not embarrassing. Which, Rumley says, really shouldn’t be. “But I know how it feels, so we try to make it easy,” he says.

This season, Rumley plans to allow fans of the University of Colorado Boulder Buffaloes and Colorado State University Rams to abstain from any substance they might otherwise choose to use on Game Day. match. “We don’t charge for tailgates,” he says, “so just look for yellow balloons, and we’ll be there.”

Sober AF Entertainment’s 2022 Colorado Hatchbacks

CU vs. TCU
Friday, September 2, 2022
Folsom Field, Boulder
8 p.m. kick-off
Opening time of the sober security zone to be determined

CU vs. UCLA
Saturday, September 24, 2022
Folsom Field, Boulder
Kick-off time to be determined
Opening time of the sober security zone to be determined

CSU vs. University of Wyoming
Saturday, November 12, 2022
Canvas Stadium, Fort Collins
5 p.m. kick-off

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