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LSU leading charge for stadium-wide alcohol sales in SEC

The NCAA is expected to overturn a ban on alcohol sales at championship events this week, once again begging the question, why can’t fans drink at football and basketball games in the SEC?

Most schools, including Kentucky, have found a way around the SEC’s stadium-wide alcohol sales ban via a loophole that allows alcohol sales in “private, controlled areas,” aka premium seating, and this year, Texas A&M and Auburn pushing the limits even further with general admission beer gardens at baseball games. LSU went as far to open a 1,500-seat general admission “Skyline Club” atop their south end zone this past season. Not surprisingly, LSU is one of the schools in the league pushing for the ban to be lifted, but according to The Advocate, other (unnamed) schools are insisting it stay in place.

“We have some that would like to remove the policy and have others that have no interest in that,” SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey said. “From a stadium wide (standpoint), there are those that think ‘Let’s just take the restraint off the conference level.’ But that’s not a unanimous or, I’m not sure right now, a majority position.”

A majority vote of the 14 league presidents and chancellors is required for the policy to change, and that vote could take place as soon as the SEC Spring Meetings in a few weeks in Destin, Florida. For those who fear lifting the ban would result in more debauchery and violence at games, don’t; after testing stadium-wide sales at various championship events, the NCAA reported that the number of alcohol-related incidents actually decreased, “in some cases significantly.” That totally makes sense when you consider the amount of binge drinking that takes place in the parking lot before games. Why pound beers before the game when you know you can drink at the game? Similarly, why leave the game to go drink in the parking lot when you can just go to the concessions stand and get another?

Not only is the SEC’s game-day prohibition silly, it’s totally hypocritical. Why should fans in premium areas be allowed to drink while those in the rest of the stadium cannot? I feel like we go through this debate every year, another reason it’s time for the league to catch up on the times and profit off it. According to HookEm.com, Texas made almost $3 million in alcohol sales at football games over six home games in 2016.

Now, a much more important question…which schools in the league are pushing for the stadium-wide ban on alcohol sales to stay in place?

[The Advocate]

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Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

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26 Comments for LSU leading charge for stadium-wide alcohol sales in SEC



  1. RackEmWillie
    11:09 am April 18, 2018 Permalink

    Keep the ban in place: Alabama, Vandy, Ole Miss, Miss State, Mizzou, and I’m going to say South Carolina.

    Maybe.



    • notbillraftery
      11:47 am April 18, 2018 Permalink

      What makes you think Ole Miss would want to keep the ban in place?



    • BBNDan7
      11:48 am April 18, 2018 Permalink

      No way Bama, Miss St, and Carolina



    • satcheluk
      3:36 pm April 18, 2018 Permalink

      Methinks UK is in the list of teetotalers given the overt Christianity of our AD.



    • Adam From Awesome Trot
      4:06 pm April 18, 2018 Permalink

      You’ve never been to an Ole Miss game. They are probably the second hardest partiers in the SEC.



  2. Optional Facts
    11:12 am April 18, 2018 Permalink

    Vandy for sure.



  3. Sentient Third Eye
    11:19 am April 18, 2018 Permalink

    To be honest, the reason this SEC ban has lasted so long is mainly because of former Cat Jason Watts and the fallout from his crash (which also killed the “Bourbon Barrel” tradition). It’s been about two decades since Watts’ killing mistake happened, and despite the earnest intent to deglamorize college drinking and create a healthier, more sober atmosphere around games, I think we all have to agree that ship has sailed long ago (if it ever really sailed at all).



    • DerBaron
      11:40 am April 18, 2018 Permalink

      Beer Barrel. CM stopped the tradition. That was stupid. We deserve to have the barrel back in Lexington.



  4. Rod Crandler
    11:46 am April 18, 2018 Permalink

    Primary reason for lifting the ban is to combat more and more people choosing to stay home and watch the games in HD on their 60+ inch TV with friends. Stadiums are going to get even more creative than this.



  5. Catuary
    11:53 am April 18, 2018 Permalink

    It’s similar to the dry campus argument. I went to UK a few years after they became dry. So all the rush week keg parties were moved off campus and instead of just stumbling back to the dorm drunk, people drove home plastered. Progress in deed.



  6. theWilkman
    11:58 am April 18, 2018 Permalink

    Remove all restrictions from the conference level, and if each individual president want to and is short-sighted enough to keep their stadiums dry, that’s on them.

    Cut and paste this solution for just about anything. Cannabis, casinos, gambling, etc.



  7. sincitycat
    12:06 pm April 18, 2018 Permalink

    We never had any trouble getting our bourbon into Stoll Field.



  8. nickobeazo
    12:07 pm April 18, 2018 Permalink

    To answer your last question: Narc University



  9. RajonTheDon9
    12:15 pm April 18, 2018 Permalink

    Once they allow beer, they have to allow liqueurs, correct? Or they gonna do the light-weight alcohol approach?



  10. johnk
    12:15 pm April 18, 2018 Permalink

    If the UK admin/AD votes to keep dry, I will be one of those mentioned above watching on tv and my season tix history.



  11. Duuuuuude
    12:25 pm April 18, 2018 Permalink

    I would favor allowing fans to smoke pot than drink alcohol at a game. Sitting in front of somebody who is stoned can actually be a pleasant experience….. almost serene like. Sitting in front of somebody smashed on beer is usually noisy, confrontational, and can end with vomit down your back or down your kids back.



  12. UKJon in Knoxville
    12:28 pm April 18, 2018 Permalink

    Maybe UK can do like restaurants in Gatlinburg used to do. Sevier County was a dry county however, Gatlinburg would let private clubs serve alcohol. For one dollar you could pay for a lifetime membership to the restaurants “Club” and they could serve alcohol. They would have different dining rooms for members and non-members.
    If everyone paid a dollar for a season membership to the Kroger Stadium Club, they could drink. The “controlled area” would be achieved by the stadium seating and ushers.

    UKJon

    4 UK in tn



  13. 96Wildcat
    1:31 pm April 18, 2018 Permalink

    Anymore I prefer to stay outside of the stadium at the tailgate, drinking cold ones, watching the game on a flat screen TV instead of going into the stadium. If they sell alcohol, I’ll be more inclined to go into the stadium for that frosty cold keg beer. 🙂



  14. Jiminy Crickets
    1:31 pm April 18, 2018 Permalink

    If you don’t want to sell alcohol at ur stadium, then don’t. But to tell others they can’t is hypocritical



  15. makeitstop
    2:27 pm April 18, 2018 Permalink

    Laissez Les Bon Temps Rouler!



  16. Luether
    3:30 pm April 18, 2018 Permalink

    Allowing liquor has literally zero benefits and only negative implications…



    • grofacekillah
      6:16 pm April 18, 2018 Permalink

      …after testing stadium-wide sales at various championship events, the NCAA reported that the number of alcohol-related incidents actually decreased, “in some cases significantly.”

      Texas made almost $3 million in alcohol sales at football games over six home games in 2016.

      TRY reading the article you FOOL



  17. BlueDew
    6:43 pm April 18, 2018 Permalink

    There is a lot of drinking already in the parking lots. Whether or not alcohol is allowed in Kroger Field will not be left up to us. I haven’t seen research that would enable me to make a rational statement as to how peoples’ behavior is effected in a stadium with or without alcohol sales. I have been to stadiums that sell alcohol and it’s not cheap. So, if people want to part with their money to the tune of $8 to $10 a plastic 8 oz. cup then have at it.



  18. ukcamel
    6:48 pm April 18, 2018 Permalink

    I’m all for allowing booze at the game, but if you think that having beer for sale in the stadium will mean people don’t get smashed before the game, I give you as a counterpoint every NFL game.

    Also I don’t know what schools are voting against this, but there is no fan base in the SEC that is as a whole voting against it. Maybe moralizing d-bags that aren’t going to the game either way and some knuckleheads that think it will cause more trouble.



    • jaws2
      7:11 pm April 18, 2018 Permalink

      Sooooo… if you think morality matters you’re a d-bag? I guess Christianity sucks too huh? I could care less if there was booze in the stadium, I love Woodford, but your statement is really pathetic.



    • ukcamel
      2:04 pm April 19, 2018 Permalink

      You are confusing morality with moralizing – not my fault you don’t know the difference. As a start, acknowledging your sin and accepting Jesus as your savior does not in fact require that you become a moralizing d-bag. You are also confusing whether you could or couldn’t care less.

      All around bad comment, but you tried.