Lawmaker Serves Up New Mpls. Stadium Booze Bill

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota lawmakers are coping with their three-year hangover: Whether to allow beer and alcohol sales at the University of Minnesota’s on-campus football stadium.

The latest bill leaves the matter entirely up to the school’s Board of Regents after previous legislative efforts to fashion a compromise left the stadium dry. The Senate Commerce and Consumer Protection Committee advanced the bill Wednesday, but it has a ways to go.

Sen. Geoff Michel says state lawmakers have “kind of become a liquor control board for the University of Minnesota.” Current law permits a liquor license at TCF Bank Stadium if beer is made available in at least one-third of the general seating area.

The university wants to restrict sales to suites and premium seating, arguing it would make those tickets more attractive and lucrative and make it easier to prevent consumption by minors.

Opponents of the suite-only policy consider it to be elitist.

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  • Chuck

    It’s about time for the legislature to come to this decision. Let the U do what they want with alcohol.

  • Dave Campbell

    I go to watch a football game! Not to drink!

    • Courteney

      So then don’t drink. But mind your own business when it comes to what other people want to do.

  • Chris

    So Dave because that’s what YOU prefer that should be what everyone else prefers? How about let adults decide if they wish to consume alcoholic beverages, and pocket the much needed revenue from ballooned prices!

    • steve

      Amen Chris, I think anyone who has watched the gophers over the last few years would need a few drinks to make it through the whole game.

  • Bobby

    Dave- You are in the minority there buddy! There are many adults that wish to have a beer during the game. It is just part of the atmosphere and overall experience. If you don’t want to get a beer, then don’t.

  • Dave Campbell

    Yeah, It sure makes for a great atmosphere and overall experience when you get to listen to some obnoxious drunk spout off behind you and spill his beer all over your child. And yes I do enjoy beer. I just don’;t think it’s necessary to get hammered at a football game just to enjoy the experience. It would be fine if it could be enjoyed in moderation and not riuin the game for those around you.

    • Drew

      I do not like drinking during the day, but once in a while with my wife I like to have One beer during a night game…..Is that to much to ask during an entire season?

  • George Castanza

    There should be family sections & beer drinking crazy lunatic sections. They should be kept apart. I won some tickets from WCCO to the gopher game against Iowa 3 years ago when they played in the dome. I brought my wife & 3 kids. What a joke! I thought WCCO would give good tickets and maybe normal people would be sitting around my seats. The Iowan fans around us were terrible. Very drunk and disorderly. In hind sight, I should have filed a complaint and they should have been arrested for disorderly conduct. We left before half time. I was very glad when they decided to keep alcohol out of the new gophers stadium. If people want to drink that much they should not be allowed in public.

  • Kate

    They should ID everyone at the door and each adult over 21 who plans to drink gets 3 drink tickets this way people cant drink and socialize but not get hammered.

  • mr waffles

    Hey Kate–Can I buy your 2 extra drink tickets?

  • TF

    Listen, people are going to drink like it or not, ban in place or not. I have had season tickets for 5 years and the move over to the new stadium did nothing to limit the drunkenness. Open up beer sales, take the money and be happy. I agree in a family section and even a sober student section if the U thinks it is going to help. (Which it won’t)

  • james

    Change the drinking age back to 18 like it used to be. As it is, minors are drinking awyway, and most likely before the game. 18 to vote, enlist in the service, be considered an adult in every way but alcohol. DUMB. We create our worries.

    • captainobvious

      As a avid heaVY drinker im for booze everywhere, but lowering the legal limit to 18 is not smart, James if u had children in H. School would you be happy with them drinking at the bar afterschool for a few hours i think thats a problem

  • Bobby

    Dave- Like it or not, alcohol is going to be around at the games. Even when it isn’t sold at the games, people will get drunk before hand, or sneak it in. If you don’t want to be around it, don’t go.

    agreed that the family/non alcohol sections should be included if they do open it up for beer sales.

    Also agree with james, 18 to vote and fight in the military….should = 18 to drink.

  • Courteney

    Well said, James. The more restirctions we put on alcohol (21 age limit, no beer at stadiums, etc) just creates MORE problems. And for the people who say that OTHER people shouldn’t be drinking at these games…why is that up to you? No one is saying that you have to drink, so why are you saying other people shouldn’t drink. Do you think that ALL people who drink at these games make a drunken scene? Or only some? And should those few ruin it for the many?

    AND, this goes both ways. There is a reason people say “lighten up and have a drink”. There are plenty of people out there who think that people who DON’T drink ruin everyone else’s time. It’s the exact same. Not everyone who doesn’t drink makes a big deal about people drinking but there are enough of the stone-sober people who are just a$$e$ and are uptight about not everything being their way.

    So, let’s all be adults and let other adults decide what they do. They can stay stone-sober and craby or get totally embarassingly drunk. Or, like the MAJORITY of people, they will be somewhere in between and just having a good time. DON’T TELL ANYONE ELSE WHAT TO DO AND MIND YOUR OWN BUSINESS.

  • Dave Campbell

    Guess it’s the same with smoking Bobby! If I don’t like it, I shouldn’t breathe! I’m not sure who came up with the idea that you have to be drunk to enjoy football. I have attended hundreds of games over the years and have never felt that I have to drink to enjioy the sport. Maybe I am just paying to much attention to the game itself!

  • Carrie Nation

    Gopher games are not Vikings games. We gave up our Vikes tickets years ago because of the drunks puking in the concourse and being A-holes in their seats. Let them open it up for the people in the Premium Seats. The rest of us can just smuggle in booze in our socks.

    Airline bottles. What a concept!

  • Bobby

    Dave- WHAT ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT??? Should we enact prohibition because Dave doesn’t want to be around people who are drinking?
    To be fair, the majority of sportng events I attend I do not drink at. And the few drunk people being obnoxious does get very old and annoying, especially if I have my son with me. But here is the deal, banning alcohol does not stop the drunks from being drunks. They will either drink a lot beforehand, or sneak it in. I also, would not have the nerve to think I could tell people what to do because I don’t like it. Dave, you need to realize that alcohol will be there regardless, so why not make a few bucks off of the drunks, since they are going to be there anyway

  • Chuck

    Hey guys, what we are talking about here is beer in the suites and stadium clubs. The University will not have it available to the genteral public. As it ios not they lose several million dollars a year from corporate sponcers that want it in their suites.

  • Cindee

    What is the big stink, sell beer, make money, it is a no brainer. The venue can be used for concerts as well, it is simple science. Like the kids and adults are not boozing it up anyway?

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