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69 responses to “Barnhart: No alcohol sales at UK in 2019-20”

  1. satcheluk

    I’ll drink to that! ?????

  2. Jageewar

    So no alcohol sales in 2019-2020, or alcohol sales is just the VIP sections in 2019-2020

  3. peaches76

    Mitch, the fan experience at games is not what you think it is….obviously. But keep right on providing the high rollers with in-game alcohol!!!

    1. catdaddyd

      They should have one side of the stadium with alcohol sales and the other side dry. That would give them a chance to monitor the situation and people could sit in their preferred area.

  4. ukwildcat1991

    Well that’s a lot of money left on the table

  5. Witnessed

    ?????? Guess I’ll keep sneaking it in

    1. 4everUKblue

      It’s cheaper that way.

  6. Jrock

    Was there that big of a problem with drunk fans at games. Have to say it’s dissapointing.

    1. Cokely53

      A little kid was killed by a drunk driver last year at a game.

    2. Cokely53

      Was just pointing out something that happened. He was still a drunk fan at the game whether he got it in the stadium or not. That still factors into the decision to sell it or not. I’m personally for alcohol sales but you have to factor in everything for a decision like that.

    3. J-Dub421

      By an 18 year old frat boy who shouldn’t have been drunk in the first place. Maybe UK should get rid of fraternities instead.

    4. ClutchCargo

      An 18 year old drinking beer obtained from outside the stadium would not be stopped by any rule UK could put into place. Drunk driving should be banned. /s

    5. gobble gobble

      When the little kid was hit by the drunk driver last year, were they selling alcohol at the stadium?? NO! It doesn’t matter whether or not the stadium sells alcohol, people are still gonna drunk, and bad shit happens sometimes. Mitchy boy, quit trying to control that which is uncontrollable. This is a terrible decision…

  7. ZeProtector

    Beyond disappointed. Alcohol sales are already authorized in the stadium (if you pay enough) so the safety excuse goes out the window. Guess my season tickets aren’t good enough.

    1. WKY Cat

      Simple solution. Stop going to games. If the stadium is bare ole Mitch will change his tune very fast. He can say money wasn’t part of the decision but when ticket sales dry up money will be part of the decision.

    2. iambear1

      So, stop supporting the team – players and coaches – because you can’t have a few beers? Solid support system of this is the way our fans are gonna think.

  8. ChrisHamby

    “No alcohol for the plebians only the patricians” is what he meant to say

  9. iambear1

    Love it, decisions like this are why Mitch is one of the best ADs.

    1. Booher

      I guess you sit down low where you can drink must be nice rich folks need more privileges in live I guess

    2. iambear1

      Sure don’t! Upper deck pretty much every game back since I left Lexington.

    3. Nickerbocker05

      What a d-bag you are! Bet you got a trust fund and all don’t you p.o.s. Iamdouche1

    4. iambear1

      Ha, I was a student at UK for 5 years, taking off every other semester or so to work so I could pay for the next one. Every game I’ve been to since has pretty much been in the upper deck. I’m a d-bag though because I support our AD’s decision??

    5. satcheluk

      It’s says you’re a bear, but you talk like a cub.

    6. iambear1

      Doesn’t really make sense..not sure what you’re implying here.

  10. Mike Honcho

    Ditch Mitch 2020

  11. CliveWinston

    Unless youre rich

  12. Ridge Runner

    I imagine this was a very difficult decision to reach. Lots to consider.

    1. iambear1


  13. W F Reserve

    Personally, I am okay with this decision today. I get plenty to drink before the games and have time to get it out of my system by the end of the game. I have seen what alcohol sales during the game can do to a crowd, the bathroom lines, the stench of spilled beer on the concourse, seats, and steps, and the fights (see Papa Johns). Hopefully, this will not be a decision that affects attendance or puts us in a less competitive situation. Maybe there is middle ground somewhere, i.e. sell until half-time is over, etc.

  14. ClutchCargo

    It’s just a way to say “we just want to put off dealing with this” without actually saying that. I think we all saw this coming when he waited this long to announce anything.

    1. Ridge Runner

      Nailed it.

  15. StillBP

    People so mad. Just keep sneaking it in and saving your money… You’ll come out at ahead money-wise

    1. StillBP

      Heck they sell alcohol at Keeneland but I still bring my own. Can use all the money I save on alcohol to bet and lose lol

    2. J-Dub421

      I wouldn’t really care, if not for the hypocrisy of continuing to sell alcohol to the VIP rich people.

    3. ClutchCargo

      Right! I have no desire to buy overpriced concession stand beer at games. But it makes no sense to allow some people this option and not others.

  16. Cousins Fake Tooth

    Oh look, something in the state lagging behind the rest of the nation…again.

    1. BluemanGreen


  17. Headhurts

    Ticket sales r good after 10 win season, wait til sales are off again and we’ll reconsider, money talks.

    1. Nickerbocker05

      This ain’t UL… UK never has bad ticket sales bud.

    2. Kernel Sanders

      Nickerbocker guess you missed the part where we downsized stadium seating due to declining attendance. And you missed out on buying tickets for the majority of games for about $10 prior to kickoff because people couldn’t give them away….and that was in several recent Stoops’ seasons.

  18. ukgrad83

    Let them eat cake. The hypocrisy is laughable.

  19. kentuckybackupplayer

    I am for them not selling, cheaper to make your own up in papaw’s holler and sneak it in.

    1. Ridge Runner

      Damn, ya knew my pawpaw? Heh…

    2. RAGE

      Lol that was funny… nice one Ridge Runner

  20. motorcitywings

    Barnhart has done a great job as AD. He should be cut some slack over this one. Maybe UK will be one year late to the booze train than others. It’s poor optics to dispense more alcohol after the tragedy of last year. Even though this decision can’t prevent further drinking and driving tragedies around the stadium, I can see the hesitancy from UK to eagerly jump two feet in.

  21. michaelb

    Traditional Mitch … you almost have to admire it at this point lol

  22. michaelb

    This subject is not one that tugs my heart strings one way or the other … hope you all foaming at the mouth find peace somewhere

  23. Twick39

    What happened with the child last year was awful to say the least, however saying that the driver was “drunk” is debatable. He blew a .05 which is under the legal limit, but being under 21 is an automatic dui. I honestly figured this wouldnt pass because of this tragedy. The fact that they keep filling up the cups of the rich obviously shows that this hypocrisy using the safety excuse…… oh, sweet checkerboards also mitch.

  24. 4everUKblue

    First the checkerboards, then that ridiculous wildcat logo and now this…

  25. UKCatAttack

    I’m ok with the decision. I agree with others that it is hypocritical to sell alcohol in premium sections. I do enjoy having a few beers every now and then but I don’t understand why people find it necessary to drink at every event they go to. It’s bad enough buying the overpriced pizza and soda, but the beer is completely outrageous. You can buy a 12 pack for the price of 1 beer at these games.

    1. satcheluk

      You can buy a case of Cokes for the price of one. What’s your point?

  26. mashman 93

    I wonder if he will be as touchy about this going forward as he is when Matt brings up the checkerboard uniforms.

  27. A_Blue_Wildcat

    The world would be a better place if alcohol didn’t exist.

    Change my mind

    1. 4everUKblue

      You can add drug abuse to that. I totally agree.

    2. ukgrad83

      Is civilization a good thing or a bad thing? Without the creation of alcoholic beverages (beer specifically), civilization as we know it would likely be very different. Like most things, alcohol by itself isn’t bad, it’s the abuse that is bad.

    3. 4everUKblue

      Addiction is a growing problem and yes alcohol is a drug, our esteemed leaders are doing as little as possible to help the problem. Could it be they’re making too much money off the abuse? I have no problem with responsible drinking, but how do you monitor that?

    4. J-Dub421

      Stop trying to tell other people how to live their lives. If you don’t want to drink. then don’t.

  28. bbanks81

    I have been in the Liquor/Beer business for almost 20 years. It seems to me that this is all smoke and mirrors from Mitch, as I simply don’t think they had time to make the infrastructure changes needed with Commonwealth (Kroger) Stadium for the draft lines and the extra urinals needed to keep the fan experience tolerable. Don’t be surprised when we get a “after reviewing this year we have decided to…..” speech next year. Don’t worry ladies and gents, the Bud Light will flow in the 2020-21 season, and I’d put money on that bet.

    1. satcheluk

      Butt Light sucks, so if that’s the only choice, then stay dry.

  29. CahillsCrossingNT

    It’s only a matter of time before it’s sold because it’s too much revenue to throw away. I for one oppose it since too many people can’t handle it.

  30. unbiasedfan

    Your a joke Drew!! Your obviously cannot go 3 hours at an event without a beer. Also you obviously think a $5 beer has more meaning than someone’s life that been taken from a drunk driver. My brother lost his life to one when he was set to graduate high school in 3 months when his life was taken. Priorities are in Mitch’s favor on this one.

  31. Larkin123

    How much revenue does it coat us?

  32. notFromhere

    If you want a BETTER experience for fans at the games, serve alcohol IN THE STADIUM rather than let it be uncontrolled OUTSIDE OF THE STADIUM!!

    Once someone goes to order a dri k i side the stadium, you can determine levels of sobriety (perhaps through breathalyzer) to limit liability and increase safety. Have those legally drunk detox while watching the game somewhere they will be safe and the fans that were around them will be safe from them.


    Been a while since I disagreed with Mitch, but the only people that this helps are the liquor stores around town.

  33. TheTweak

    This was not Mitch’s decision he’s just the mouthpiece. Even worse, it’s the Prez and the board calling these shots. They’re the ones in the suites getting hammered at the games!

    1. ukgrad83

      /\ /\ This!

  34. Wildcat homer

    I wonder how the other SEC schools are handling beer sales?

  35. Bourbon-n-Coke

    Mitch has no clue what SEC football fans want from their in-game experience. Plastic turf?! Kroger Field?! No alcohol?! And he blew over $150 million on stadium renovations that have not improved my in-game experience yet! Stay in your office Mitch and hire an assistant to make football game experience decisions, then maybe we will have more sellouts and the stands will be filled.

  36. mothandras

    If anyone wants alcohol during the game just go to Mitch’s suite.. he isn’t worried about alcohol in the stadium because he already has his.

  37. IndianaSucks

    Alcohol is always the answer.