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Volume 26 No. 59
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Univ. At Buffalo Expanding Alcohol Sales For Upcoming Football Season

The Univ. at Buffalo plans to "expand its beer sales at football games," continuing a pilot program that began last November with alcohol sales at men's and women's basketball games, according to Rachel Lenzi of the BUFFALO NEWS. Beer has been "sold in the champions club and in reserved alumni areas at UB Stadium, and UB originally planned to utilize designated kiosks on the west side of the stadium to sell beer." However, the school "revised its plans and will have one stand-alone kiosk on each of the east and west concourses that will offer Budweiser and premium and craft beer options." UB "originally began researching beer sales at athletic events" during former AD Allen Greene's tenure from November '15 to January '18, but "never implemented it." The school "resumed researching the process for alcohol sales at athletic events" when current AD Mark Alnutt took over in March '18. Alnutt said of the decision to expand alcohol sales, "The main thing, did it preserve that family environment? It did. We're not trying to mimic the Bills." Lenzi notes Alnutt regards alcohol sales as a "means to accentuate the entertainment aspect of attending a college sporting event and attract casual fans, rather than solely as a revenue generator" (BUFFALO NEWS, 8/8).