Univ. Of South Carolina Won't Sell Alcohol At Football Games In '19
The Univ. of South Carolina "will not sell alcohol outside of premium areas" for the '19 football season at Williams-Brice Stadium, according to Greg Hadley of the Columbia STATE. That is a "continuation of South Carolina’s previous setup when the SEC did not allow beer and wine sales in general seating areas." South Carolina AD Ray Tanner said that the policy decision "only extends to the upcoming football season" and added that the school "continues to consider potential alcohol sales at basketball and baseball games in 2019-2020 and for football games starting as soon as the 2020 season." Tanner: "We’re not there logistically. A lot of things have to happen. We’ve been anticipating there’s gonna be a change, and we’ve taken a look at it, but there’s a lot of work to be done yet.” Hadley notes Williams-Brice Stadium is set to undergo renovations before the '20 season, which will "increase the number of premium areas in the stadium where alcohol could be served under the current policy regardless." From a financial standpoint, Tanner "raised the possibility that increased revenue from selling alcohol might be partially or significantly offset by the commitments that come along with it." At the school's basketball venue, Colonial Life Arena, the infrastructure for beer and wine sales is "in place for concerts" (Columbia STATE, 7/10).