Controlled beer, wine sales approved for TCF Stadium

  • Article by: ASHA ANCHAN , Star Tribune
  • Updated: July 11, 2012 - 10:37 PM

The University of Minnesota will sell beer and wine — but no hard liquor — to football fans at Gopher home games.

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rshacklefordJul. 11, 12 3:29 PM

"...requiring beer to be offered to fans in general seating but allowing for sales to be restricted to a confined area." ---- As long as my walk to that confined area and consumption of a legal beverage does not impede my view of the game, us fans will be OK with it. Be prepared to open up a large area around the 50 yard line for your "confined area." And, what is this "no student will get beer" talk? So, the person at age 35 working on his/her PhD won't get any beer? Discriminatory is what this is.

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steve223344Jul. 11, 12 3:56 PM

I would hope I can bring a beer back to my seat. If not, this is not a compromise, only a cruel joke. And why are we treating college age people like 7 year old kids? Surely they know beer exists and that many people drink it, good or bad.

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elguevon1Jul. 11, 12 4:16 PM

If you are over 21 and have a valid ID, case closed. If legal drinkers decide to purchase or give booze to underage individuals, then there are already state laws addressing these offenses. Quite the redtape the U insists on always creating.

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sabusakeJul. 11, 12 4:22 PM

FYI- the story said "Fans will be able to bring beer to their seats" why call it a beer garden? that implies you have to buy and drink in the same confined area...they need a better label

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SportswizJul. 11, 12 4:33 PM

i find it laughable and somewhat sad...that prior to this.. the average fan had to wait for government intervention to go the game and have a beer...but if you are high society and have a suite then it was never a concern. I am glad that most of the regents understand that the stadium is for everybody from all walks of life...the regents that opposed it should really look in the mirror and reflect on why they are in the position they are.

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howard43Jul. 11, 12 5:20 PM

To be clear, alchohol has never been allowed in the suites either. The regents and all the other amateurs should get out of the way and quit acting like babysitters. If someone pays $40-$50K per year for a suite they should be able to serve hard liquor, beer, wine and food to their friends & customers...like they do at most major stadiums around the country. The "controversy" over a beer garden so the "common people" can have beer is a joke. By the way, I'm a season ticket holder that sits in the upper deck.

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cags777Jul. 11, 12 5:20 PM

Happy that the Board of Regents is no longer playing class warfare on who can and can't drink in the venue. Too bad its decision set the university's football program back financially by not making booze available to those 21 and older from the beginning. There was no need to insist that only those in premium seats could purchase alcohol.

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RossbergJul. 11, 12 5:26 PM

The U should show their support for state businesses and workers by permitting only Minnesota brewed beer to be sold. The same should be required for wine sales but I don't know if there's that many people who drink wine at football games. The "beer garden" idea is lame unless it's to be an enclosed area with nice seating and TV's to watch the game. Places to make purchases should be convenient for customers, not restricted to one location in hopes of discouraging sales. What other schools do is irrelevant. If the U wanted to make all the rules they shouldn't have gone to the Legislature for stadium funding. I don't recall any issues with this at the Metrodome so the regents' whining and grudging acceptance of this seems like nannyism run amok.

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odannyboyJul. 11, 12 5:49 PM

“It will be a restricted and controlled environment where they will be very careful about requiring identification, so students will not have access,” said regents Chairwoman Linda Cohen in advance of the vote. And I'd say Ms. Cohen is living in a parallel universe.

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bvi2002Jul. 11, 12 6:02 PM

Has anyone thought to check the environmental impact statement that governs what can and cannot be done at the stadium? Come on Tribune, how about some investigative reporting?

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