Senate Approves Alcohol Sale At ‘U’ Stadium

ST. PAUL, Minn. (WCCO/AP) — The Minnesota Senate has approved a bill that would let the University of Minnesota sell beer to the general public at University of Minnesota football games.

The Senate approved the change Wednesday as part of a larger liquor policy bill that passed on a 58-4 vote. The House plans to take up a companion bill this week.

The measure allows the University Board of Regents to sign off on a liquor license application for TCF Stadium.

A school spokesman says the board supports the change.

NewsRadio 830 WCCO’s Edgar Linares Reports

“Its pretty backwards to not have beer in the first place. I think its a plus to have beer. It’s part of the game and the atmosphere,” said University of Minnesota student Eric Vavra.

Last year, the University of Minnesota wanted to limit liquor sales to luxury suites in order to boost those ticket sales while curbing drinking among minor students. But state lawmakers have pushed for more open general sales for several years.

One U of M student said when it’s done for the right reasons, having alcohol at a college football stadium can aid the game day experience.

“I think for Gopher fans it’s long overdue. But when we get other rowdy fans in there and they get alcohol in their system it might not be the best idea to have that happening,” said student Shawn Hennessy. “I’m close with a lot of people on the football team. They take it very seriously and they want the fans to take it seriously. If fans get in there and its all about being drunk rather than watching the game they’re not going to be too happy about that.”

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  • money talks

    Just what Zygi ordered.

    • mark trail

      what may I ask does Zygi have to do with U of M policy? Oh, I get it, You are an anti-stadium or OWS type that just cannot pass up a chance for a cheap shot-no matter how irrelevant it is.

      • Luke

        because the vikings are going to have to rent out TCF stadium for 4 years while they build on the metrodome site.. that is why this is relevent to zygi

        • q & a

          They actually will still be playing at the Dome while they build around it for 3 years and play at TCF for the final year of the project. So it’s really not all that relevent.

          • Bill

            Sorry to upset you with reality but they will be playing in the dome for the next twenty years.

            • Shane

              Right, geez, keep it up anti-fun person. Go home and take a laxative to see if you can get rid of some of the bitterness.

    • Death

      It’s been in the works for yrs. Had nothing to do with your comment.

      • player

        suspect you more wrong than right …. there was very little support for this and it’s been killed before.
        Now with the possible scenario with the Vikes it was double the push.
        I could care less – I realize that most of the folks there are lushes and already tanked so what’s the difference?

  • Fred

    MN could be so lucky to have such a smart and shrewed business man as our governor. Not some d-bag, bug-eyed, twitchy, liberal whiny twit like we have now.

    • James Asp

      Tim Pawlenty is NOT governor anymore genius!

      • q & a

        Tim Pawlenty was a liberal?

      • q & a

        I didn’t know Pawlenty was a liberal.

        • Bill

          He certainly isn’t a conservative. That’s why his campaign for the Republican nomination failed.

  • RML

    Oh good, now there can be even more drunken fights and brawls….

  • Marine 0311

    About time

    • ChimpSquasher

      heck ya
      we falling behind the Badgers on drunken fans and brawls and fan riots.
      lets rock and roll on this
      the more drunken idiots, the easier the gals are
      if ya know what I mean

  • vikessuk

    Idiot sports fans HAVE to be drunk ALL of the time.

    • Superior Human Being

      Idiot internet posters HAVE to comment ALL of the time.

      • Matt


    • Shane

      I am a sports fan and I do drink, but not at the game. I drive 96 miles to see a game, so why would I waste the experience? Shhhhhhhhh, du-mas

  • customer

    Drink your booze at home and watch football there too. No need to booze it up at the stadium. Of course, it’ll make more business for Detox / Court for public drunkeness.

    • Nate

      Actually, it’s likely to just make more business for the actual stadium itself.

      • customer

        There should be a detox and jail built inside the stadium.

        • Silly fools

          LMAO …. Bingo

  • Pumphandle

    Finally a reason to watch 1 of the worst teams in college football the last 30 years, booze makes everything better if you don’t think so then you’re either a recovering alcoholic or don’t know how to enjoy it.

  • G Dog

    Pumphandle= moronic comments. His reserve of intelligent observation has obviously run dry.

    • Pumphandle

      Awe I hit the painful chord with a recovering alcoholic, G Dog

  • Class Discrimination

    “University of Minnesota wanted to limit liquor sales to luxury suites.”

    This amounts to social class discrimination based on income. If a person cannot afford a luxury suite he/she/it cannot drink beer/booze at a UofM game.

    • customer

      File a discrimination suit, then you will be able to afford a luxury suite.

  • Bill

    Will it be strong beer….or 3.2?

    • truth hurts

      either way, it will be overpriced

      • Silly fools

        Be great for the mob scene …. not we get druken mobs to go with the flash/terroist mobs having fun in downtown
        Ya really gotta love this …. get ’em drunk enough and they either fight or won’t know what hit ’em
        Maybe they just need to blow this state off the map huh … ghetto thugs and drunken thugs = Minneapolis

      • Robert


        What’s overpriced about 12 dollars a beer?

        • Silly fools

          anything over free
          If ya gotta get sauced to enjoy football you got issues. period

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