Regents unanimously approve proposal to extend alcohol sales at U of M games

June 14, 2019 06:52 PM

More Minnesota Gophers fans will have access to beer and wine during upcoming games.

The University of Minnesota's Board of Regents unanimously approved a proposal to extend alcohol sales to basketball and hockey games.


There hadn't been significant opposition to the proposal since alcohol is already being sold at football games.

The goal, school officials said, is to bring in more fans and revenue.

The proposal allows everyone of age, whether they have premium tickets or general admission tickets, to be able to purchase alcohol at games.

The Big Ten Conference is evenly split when it comes to what schools allow beer and wine sales and what schools do not.

Officials said the one-time cost in order to make necessary adjustments to facilities to allow for alcohol sales would be about $70,000. Looking at the bigger picture, officials said the projected annual revenue would be about $250,000.

The university's Director of Athletics Mark Coyle is proposing starting alcohol sales an hour before games, when gates open.

For hockey games, sales would stop at the end of the second intermission break. For basketball games, sales would wrap up at the end of halftime.

The proposal allows for two beverages per person per ticket purchase.

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