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Calipari weighs in on potential alcohol sales at Rupp

Last week, the Southeastern Conference lifted its ban on alcohol sales at sporting events, giving schools the option to sell beer and wine in general seating areas. So far, Alabama and Auburn have stated they will not change their current policies for the upcoming season, while other schools, including Kentucky, are taking time to consider the issue.

When asked about potential alcohol sales at Rupp Arena this morning, John Calipari said he’ll support whatever the school decides, but if UK does allow beer and wine to be sold, he hopes fans will remain classy.

“I’m not a big drinker. I don’t drink much. It’s the way of the world right now. I’ll roll with whatever (the university) wants to do. Obviously, we have students in that building who are underage and shouldn’t be drinking. I would just hope our fans kind of police each other if it goes that route. I’ve been in arenas that are obnoxious. There are teams that we will not play because it was so obnoxious. I’m not putting my team, myself, my staff or my family through that. We’re not going back there and playing. So I hope that if we do go this route, it doesn’t lead to that.”

Even though Assembly Hall doesn’t currently allow alcohol sales, COUGH, INDIANA, COUGH.

“We have the classiest fans. We’ve given standing ovations to other players on opposing teams because they played so well. I’m not sure if you’re totally (inebriated) that you would do that. I don’t know. I just hope it doesn’t change what we’re about. We beat the No. 1 team in our building and our fans don’t rush the court. We’re supposed to win, that’s what we’re about. They cheer for us and don’t boo the other team or coach. We have a unique environment. If that adds to it and makes it even better, fine. If it takes away, then I’d be disappointed.”

We can debate how alcohol sales will affect the atmosphere at Rupp all we want, but the truth is, it’s coming to season ticket holders in the form of the new club areas regardless. Keeping it from the rest of the arena is just hypocritical.


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6 Comments for Calipari weighs in on potential alcohol sales at Rupp

  1. Cole28
    3:27 pm June 4, 2019 Permalink

    Yes, it is hypocritical. However, I also think that’s one of the reasons premium/club seating at Kroger field are able to sell at such a premium. Ultimately, I think the potential revenue generation is too much to pass up, especially at football games.

  2. sincitycat
    3:42 pm June 4, 2019 Permalink

    Just like at rock concerts, I do not understand why you would want to drink beer at a football game. Beer makes you pee and that means a long trip to the restrooms. When I went to UK we played in Stoll Field where alcohol was not served. However, the whole stadium smelled like bourbon and bourbon is sipped so your restrooms trips are minimized. I have never had a problem getting small amounts of bourbon past the checkpoints in any stadium and it was easy to get bourbon into Memorial. Now, once the game is over let me get to the beer cooler but I would rather watch a game instead of making frequent trips to empty my bladder.

  3. secrick
    4:11 pm June 4, 2019 Permalink

    Depend sales will sky rocket.

  4. ukwildcat1991
    5:04 pm June 4, 2019 Permalink

    Idk… I feel like cal is just just saying this to sway the university to not allow alcohol at games. UK will be dumb not to allow it. They’ll leave so much money on the table and we all know the university and athletics love that money

  5. dcarlinf1
    5:22 pm June 4, 2019 Permalink

    Yes, it should be allowed. Yes, some fans can’t handle themselves Yes, fans should police the obnoxious fans, to an extent. And yes this makes a difference for me when deciding to buy a ticket or not.