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Virginia Tech's Babcock Says Current Stance Is Not To Add Alcohol Sales At Athletic Events
Published July 8, 2014
STAYING DRY: Wyoming AD Tom Burman last week said that in terms of introducing alcohol sales at school sporting events, revenue "won't flow in on a river of suds." Burman in a statement said, "We have not actively discussed with our campus administration serving beer in our venues. We understand that this is something some schools have added recently, but at this time I don’t see that as an option." In Wyoming, Mike Vorel wrote UW's athletic department "could certainly use another revenue stream." The dilemma of whether to add alcohol sales "comes down to money." After all the costs associated with "selling beer in its venues, plus the likely addition of extra security to overlook the situation, would UW make enough of a profit to make the venture worthwhile?" Right now, that is "impossible to say." But by "looking at similar cases in the past five years, the outlook is promising" (Casper STAR-TRIBUNE, 7/6).
GIVE A HOOT: West Palm Beach-based WPEC-CBS' Lauren Hills reported Florida Atlantic Univ. is "looking at whether it should relax the rules and allow designated spots inside the stadium for beer sales." Some students said that "relaxing the alcohol restrictions beyond the gates could actually encourage more people to come to the games." FAU "has not said when it'll make a decision on the matter" (CBS12.com, 7/2).