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Should Colleges Be Allowed To Sell Alcohol At University Sporting Events?

July 16, 2015

PressBox asked a poll of readers a trending sports question. Their answers appear below.

Stan "The Fan" Charles posed a question on Facebook, asking whether colleges should be allowed to sell alcohol at university sporting events.

Kirk McKay

Sure, why not? You've always been allowed to at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse when I lived there.

Kevin George

I don't think it's necessary for colleges to sell alcohol, and it needlessly puts them at risk for lawsuits, should someone be overserved and commit a crime after leaving the arena/stadium.

Look at it realistically: A large percentage of the crowd already has access to alcohol before entering football stadiums, with the proximity of student dorms and tailgating by the at-large fans. There are also pre-game gatherings for basketball games. This is nothing more than an attempted money grab by the universities to milk cash out of inebriated fans.

But, like I said earlier, should someone driving home get into a DUI/DWI accident with damage or death, the university could be culpable once the suspect's blood alcohol content gets tracked back to the college.

Aaron Manfra

Seventy percent of Chuck E. Cheese's nationwide sell beer. If you can drink while watching your kid flounder in a septic ball pit, why not at an athletic event?

Doug Reaves

I think it's better than people pounding as many as they can in the lot before the game or leaving early to go drink.

Ken Zalis

Have you been to a Maryland football game? It should be required.

Russ Dlin

Alcohol should be sold at sporting events, because it is a revenue stream that colleges need in order to pay for these coaches' salaries.

Jim Oremland

I think it's OK, because much of the crowd is made up of drinking-age alumni.

Michele Patsos

Siena's home court is an off-campus arena (Times Union Center in downtown Albany, N.Y.). Averaging more than 6,000 fans a game, of mostly non-students, the fact that alcohol can be purchased at games adds to the experience -- like going to nearly every other sporting event or game.

Dan O'Connell

I think it sends a very bad message to make alcohol available inside stadiums and arenas. All of your vendors must now decide who is too drunk to receive alcohol. The risk involved is just too great, because the schools would be liable if someone who is driving drunk kills someone.

Judy Greene

Colleges should never be permitted to serve alcohol at events. The vast majority of college students are younger than 21. Serving alcohol would tempt older students to purchase it and provide it to underage students. Arrests would be made. People would be driving home under the influence of alcohol, and accidents would most likely result. People at BYU seem to enjoy their sports without booze.

Barry Baumel

Beer and wine are a huge part of our culture. It provides jobs and tax revenues. Colleges are coming under attack for the tuition costs. Every new revenue source will be evaluated. Beer is cheap and duplicable.

Marty Conway

In the scheme of sports and venues worldwide, U.S. universities and colleges are about the last places that don't serve alcohol. Much of that rationale was NCAA influence, or the romantic thoughts by school presidents about amateur athletes and underage attendees. Sporting venue-wise, worldwide, you can drink, and gamble, on site, and it's manageable. In the U.S., music festivals serve alcohol, have under age attendees and use professionals to manage it. Not serving alcohol in venues is a throwback to when the student-athletes were much, much closer to amateurs. The NCAA Division I sports marketplace -- football and men's basketball -- is more about exploitation than ever. Turn the page, sell the alcohol.

Bob Stout

It's about making money. It shouldn't be allowed, but when they are charging $6 or more for one beer, it won't stop.

Issue 211: July 2015