U of M Preps for Beer, Wine Sales at TCF Bank Stadium
When the Gophers hit the field for their first home game of the season, there will be another first. Fans will have the opportunity to drink a beer or glass of wine at the game.
It is the first time in school history, that the University of Minnesota will allow fans to sip a cold one at a sporting event on campus. The decision was made by the board of regents in July after legislation was passed this year giving the school the go ahead. The university is expected to make an additional $1 million to $1.5 million a year with the change.
Four beer trailers will sell beer and wine on the stadium's west plaza and another four in an overflow outside of Gate A. Fans will be limited to two 16-ounce beers per sale. And, those who look younger than 30 will need to show an I.D. Plus security has been added. "We're putting up a security bike rack. We're going to have a good physical barrier between the people inside the beer garden and those outside walking to the game, " Assistant Athletic Director Scott Ellison said.
Alcohol sales will start one hour before kickoff and stop at the end of halftime. Fans will be able to get Grain Belt and Summit Pale Ale along with Miller Lite. Red and white wine from St. Paul-based Johnson Brothers will also be available.
The first home game is this Saturday against New Hampshire.