Reporting Steve Murphy
ST. PAUL (WCCO) – Beer was the subject of a rare instance of bipartisan support for a bill at the legislature.
The bill to allow beer at the University of Minnesota’s stadium passed its first committee test on Wednesday with unanimous, bipartisan support.
Currently, beer is banned at TCF Bank Stadium.
DFL Representative Joe Atkins has drafted a bill that would allow beer in suites and at a beer garden at the east end of the stadium during Gopher football games.
“Some would say you need a beer at a Gophers game,” joked Atkins. “But I hope it’s just an opportunity for people to enjoy (responsibly) a beer at a Gophers game and happen to bring in $1.5 million or $2 million in revenue for the U.”
Atkins says the bill could be voted on by the full house in the next few days.
If it wins passage, beer sales could begin in time for the upcoming football season.