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Kentucky one of strongest advocates against stadium-wide alcohol sales

As we reported yesterday, the Southeastern Conference once again deferred on removing the ban on stadium-wide alcohol sales at games; today, we found out Kentucky is one of the schools fighting the hardest to keep it in place.

According to Sports Illustrated, during discussions this week at the SEC Spring Meetings in Destin, Kentucky and Georgia were the strongest advocates for keeping the current policy, which only allows alcohol sales in premium areas. The SEC is the only Power 5 conference with this kind of loophole, which, as Nick Roush wrote yesterday, is completely hypocritical:

Alcohol Sales for the General Public at SEC Football Games isn’t Happening Anytime Soon

I’ve done enough preaching on this topic, but if the SEC is going to allow alcohol sales in part of the stadium, they need to allow it in the entire stadium.

Worried about it affecting the family atmosphere at games? First, I guarantee three people on your row already sneak in a flask or chug beers in the parking lot. Second, the NCAA just voted to allow alcohol sales at championship events after a two-year pilot program in which they discovered the number of alcohol-related incidents actually went down, “in some cases significantly.” Heck, even West Virginia — the hottest mess of them all — cited reduced incidents of binge drinking once they started selling alcohol stadium wide. And don’t get me started on the amount of money it would bring in. It’s enough to make Scrooge McDuck blush.

The fact that this ban still exists is annoying enough; the fact that Kentucky’s fighting to keep it in place?

[Sports Illustrated]


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54 Comments for Kentucky one of strongest advocates against stadium-wide alcohol sales

  1. muffin
    3:08 pm June 1, 2018 Permalink

    Put Secretariat’s checkerboard on the side of a beer can and I bet Mitch will change his tune.

  2. chrisg18
    3:10 pm June 1, 2018 Permalink

    This sounds like another awkward conversation that needs to happen between Matt and Mitch. Right after Matt asks him about the checkerboard again.

  3. KTR2786
    3:10 pm June 1, 2018 Permalink

    Better do it now before the Caliphate is installed; then we won’t be able to drink anywhere.

  4. ceeph
    3:11 pm June 1, 2018 Permalink

    I can only imagine how bad it would be if they opened it up to sell stadium wide considering the reason I stopped going to UK football games was that I didnt want my young son around the vulgar drunk idiots that almost always was seated near us. Commonwealth is not family friendly now but hey do whatever cause I don’t plan on attending anymore anyway.

    • katfan33
      3:49 pm June 1, 2018 Permalink


    • gobble gobble
      4:40 pm June 1, 2018 Permalink

      Lol really? You do realize that people get much MUCH more drunk before the games to try to compensate for no alcohol sales. Also, like Tyler said… people sneak flasks in ALL THE TIME. Also, I feel sorry for your kids…

    • gobble gobble
      4:42 pm June 1, 2018 Permalink

      No one cares about your attendance lol.absolutely no one wants someone like you at the games anyways

    • ryan1723
      7:24 pm June 1, 2018 Permalink

      I certainly want you to attend games, mainly because so many other people don’t attend that the stadium usually looks half empty, so the more the merrier. And as far as the guy heckling you about it, you don’t have to listen to a grown man* who types “lol” while he’s trying to mock someone.

      *or 14 year old girl, it’s a toss up.

    • gobble gobble
      7:34 pm June 1, 2018 Permalink

      Lol who mocks someone for typing ‘lol’… get outta hear redneck

    • gobble gobble
      7:35 pm June 1, 2018 Permalink


    • TBW3011
      8:50 am June 2, 2018 Permalink

      I go and don’t hear any of this.

  5. Shidler8684
    3:21 pm June 1, 2018 Permalink

    I’m proud that UK is a leader on this.

    • JTHinton
      3:38 pm June 1, 2018 Permalink

      Same here!

    • kingave66
      4:12 pm June 1, 2018 Permalink

      Maybe they should rename it “Pleasantville Stadium”, where the pump up song is the Andy Griffith Intro, the women have to wear dresses and the men sports coats. That’ll put a lot of butts in seats…..

    • damage_control
      4:23 pm June 1, 2018 Permalink

      This and child marraiges!! Go Kentucky!!!

    • muffin
      4:31 pm June 1, 2018 Permalink

      Looks like we found Mitch’s burner account.

    • gobble gobble
      4:43 pm June 1, 2018 Permalink

      You’re proud of something that makes absolutely NO SENSE and is counterproductive?

    • bigbluebanana
      4:59 pm June 1, 2018 Permalink

      People are going to drink anyways man. Moral victories don’t bring money in, they just piss off the drinkers even more and they rage even harder before the game.

  6. macattack
    3:21 pm June 1, 2018 Permalink

    I like Mitch Barnhart, I like him a lot. He has helped so many of our programs tremendously. But his stubbornness on the checkerboards and alcohol are really starting to bother me. It just doesnt make sense.

  7. Jiminy Crickets
    3:30 pm June 1, 2018 Permalink

    What people don’t understand is UK is THE reason the rule was put in place in first place. 3 football players left a football meeting and flipped a S10 truck on I75 going to Richmond to party, 2 died.

    • Jiminy Crickets
      3:33 pm June 1, 2018 Permalink

      1998, Chris Brock died. Jason Watts charged with manslaughter. I was mistaken, I thought 2 died

    • Jiminy Crickets
      3:35 pm June 1, 2018 Permalink

    • bigbluebanana
      5:01 pm June 1, 2018 Permalink

      That doesn’t make you correct and UKnowMe wrong there crickets

    • muffin
      4:05 pm June 1, 2018 Permalink

      so they were drinking beer on the sideline during the Vandy game? I am all for selling beer to the fans but if what you are saying is true, I am VERY against selling beer to our players on the field.

    • damage_control
      4:22 pm June 1, 2018 Permalink

      What you don’t understand is that siting a single incident 20 yrs ago doesn’t really hold up as a significant argument today.

    • UKnowMe
      4:43 pm June 1, 2018 Permalink

      Jiminy you sir are an idiot. First this ban was in place long before this tragedy happened. Second they were not coming from a team function they played earlier in the day and were at a bar drinking that night. Third they were not going to Richmond to party they were going hunting, the article you linked said as much. Finally the only thing this horrible accident changed was the removal of the beer and bourbon barrels from border war games with Tennessee and Indiana. If you are going to try to make a stupid point at least have your facts straight.

    • Bobbum Man
      5:38 pm June 1, 2018 Permalink

      Lol wat? How does that have anything to do with selling alcohol at the games

    • TBW3011
      8:55 am June 2, 2018 Permalink

      Exactly what does that have to do with sales at games? People have died playing football. Let’s ban it from Commonwealth Stadium.

  8. CarltonBanks
    3:46 pm June 1, 2018 Permalink

    LOL, it’s way more than 3 people in each row.

  9. jaws2
    3:53 pm June 1, 2018 Permalink

    Sooooo the logic is, if 3 people are already drunk in the row, let’s get the entire row drunk? Pretty clear thinking. If your high!

    • damage_control
      4:21 pm June 1, 2018 Permalink

      I think the logic is people can and are drinking already- outside and inside the stadium. Why not make a profit from it?

    • jaws2
      4:43 pm June 1, 2018 Permalink

      If that’s the answer, just raise ticket prices. Spend your money drinking or the game. There’s no NEED to do both. Again, I am NOT against enjoying some Woodford, because I do have a glass practically daily with a nice cigar, but I CAN enjoy the game without it.

    • gobble gobble
      4:45 pm June 1, 2018 Permalink

      Just shut up jaws… you’re out of touch with reality

    • bigbluebanana
      5:02 pm June 1, 2018 Permalink

      Just found the cigar smoking doucher

    • jaws2
      6:11 pm June 1, 2018 Permalink

      GobbleGoober, which point is out of touch with reality?

      And Mr Douchebag banana, what’s wrong with a good cigar? It was good enough for Winston Churchill, Samuel Clemens, JFK, Babe Ruth. Michael Jordan, Thomas Edison, Patton, John Wayne, Hemingway, and Ulysses S. Grant. Shall I continue? All douches in your book I suppose. You sir, display your complete ignorance of historically significant people. Oh, AND you’re a douchebag extraordinaire.

    • bigbluebanana
      4:19 am June 2, 2018 Permalink

      You’re just looking for something big and brown to put in your mouth dude

    • BluKudzu
      8:16 pm June 1, 2018 Permalink

      @jaws2 aside from assignations, suicide and car wrecks, most of the rest died of throat cancer. Odd huh?

    • jaws2
      9:00 pm June 1, 2018 Permalink

      BS, prove it sir!

    • jaws2
      9:02 pm June 1, 2018 Permalink

      Oh, and what would that have to do with these gents being a douche?

    • RealCatsFan
      7:45 am June 2, 2018 Permalink

      The fact that certain historically significant men smoked cigars and drank bourbon does not make them douchebags. The douchebaggery comes in when a regular joe thinks that smoking a cigar and swilling some bourbon makes him more like them.

  10. Duff86
    4:23 pm June 1, 2018 Permalink

    I’d like to see UK’s reasoning for kicking the can down the road. Pure stupidly, something this state leads the nation in.

    • katfan33
      5:15 pm June 1, 2018 Permalink

      You’re absolutely right! There’s a reason Kentucky is one of the most backward states in the nation.

  11. Aristocat
    5:47 pm June 1, 2018 Permalink

    The next generation is perfectly content just sitting at home with a high definition picture of the game on TV, being surrounded by their friends, and having the ability to drink what they want.
    Unless we can provide better incentives for going to the game (ie comfortable seating, great halftime shows

    • sprtphan
      6:47 pm June 1, 2018 Permalink

      Great halftime shows. Really?

  12. Jwstan05
    7:22 pm June 1, 2018 Permalink

    They make money on the rich folk and donations for these suits. They must have calculated the price difference of them going suits verse opposite side of the field with booze.

  13. rlburd2
    7:49 pm June 1, 2018 Permalink

    Just go get hammered in all those trashy TN bars and you’ll be OK.

  14. stevemotley
    7:50 pm June 1, 2018 Permalink

    BS Mitch! It’s okay for rich people to drink during the game but not common Folk. Pull that silver spoon out your ass before you end up with an empty Stadium

  15. buzzard
    8:08 pm June 1, 2018 Permalink

    I have no problem if alcohol is not allowed to be sold at games. I’ll just sneak in my flask. However; it’s hypocritical to allow those fans with money to enjoy alcohol while the average person gets kicked out of the game or thrown in jail for doing EXACTLY the same thing. But I guess that’s the American way. Money talks.

  16. Bull Filmer
    9:31 pm June 1, 2018 Permalink

    All throughout college, as a student, we brought in flasks of Bourbon. And it was O.K. After I graduated, the full body search began. Like the TSA. IMHO, so long as it doesn’t hurt local or statewide Liquor sales, I have no problem with it. People will find a way to drink. The question is: Does UofK want to make money and taxes? I’m sure they do.

  17. nicky
    9:45 pm June 1, 2018 Permalink

    The school does not want to subject itself to litigation when somebody leaves a game trashed and kills somebody

    • UKnowMe
      12:45 am June 2, 2018 Permalink

      Every pro team in all major sports have rules in place to protect themselves from this by ending sales before game ends, training staff to not serve visibly drunk, and limit amount purchased by individual person. To my knowledge there has never been a lawsuit involving an entity unless they have been found to over serve through negligence. And i guarantee there is more danger from somebody driving from tailgate drinking than anything they would receive from the concession stand.

  18. sp
    7:21 am June 2, 2018 Permalink

    Just pandering to the rich people in the suites. Kentucky plunked down a lot of money to get those things built and one of the main selling points of those suites is the ability to drink there. They would have a harder time selling the suites every week if those same people can drink anywhere. Kentucky isn’t concerned about losing out on future beer sales, they are worried about a return on their investment in those suites.

  19. TBW3011
    8:53 am June 2, 2018 Permalink

    Prohibition Stadium. Hey Mitch, 1925 called. It wants its opinions back.