One step closer to booze

I wrote about when legislators banned alcohol at the newly built TCF Stadium and most agreed of-age college students should be allowed to drink beer at games. Now it appears the Mn Legislature is having a change of heart as A Senate panel OK’d a bill allowing limited alcohol sales in TCF Stadium.

A Senate panel gave quick approval Tuesday to a plan that would let the University of Minnesota sell alcohol in some areas of the year-old TCF Bank Stadium, reversing an all-or-nothing policy that resulted in a prohibition on sales throughout the stadium.

In reviving a debate at the Legislature, Sen. Sandra Pappas, DFL-St. Paul, said the university — at a time it was facing $36 million in legislative cuts — also was losing at least $1 million a year because it did not sell alcohol at the new facility. The proposal, which would go into effect this fall, will head to another Senate panel, but still faces an uphill fight at the state Capitol.

Good? Bad? Doomed to fail again?


1 Comment so far

  1. chris (unregistered) on March 23rd, 2010 @ 3:23 pm

    Serve alcohol at the stadium, of course, it was ridiculous in the first place not to do so. But…..nothing has changed this year from last. The “risks” (whatever they may be) associated with serving alcohol at the games have not gone away, nor have they changed in any way since last year. Not in the least.

    What has changed from last year is that we now have evidence that our strapped for cash state, which of course finances the U of M, could be bringing in a reported $1 million a season from alcohol sales. Same risk, need money, legalize it. Very hypocritical!

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