Gophers Fans Line up for Beer and Wine at TCF Bank Stadium
During Saturday's Gophers football home opener, fans lined up to enjoy beer and wine at TCF Bank Stadium for the first time.
University of Minnesota officials plan to release sales totals sometime next week, but lines lasted anywhere from 6 to 12 minutes long.
Beer and wine was
sold out of tents on the west plaza under the scoreboard and in an overflow area outside of Gate A.
Grain Belt, Summit Pale Ale, Miller Lite, red and white wine were available for $7.25 a glass.
"I think it's a good thing, it's a smart thing. They are very responsible back there they have people checking, making sure ID's are shown, and financially it's going to help the stadium and campus a lot," said Gophers fan Steve Roberts.
122 security officers were in place, a dozen more than usual. Sales ended at the end of half-time.
Attendance at the game was 47,702. Last year's home opener brought in 48,807.
The school estimates they will make $1 million to $1.5 million of new revenue each year, mostly from an increase in suite sales.