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Officials smartly err on the side of caution with restrictions.
Anything to get a few more butts in the seats...
Did any of your fine reporters think to ask what size the beers are? Are they 12 oz or are they the big 24 oz ones like they have at the dome and the X? If you are going to discuss the price, it would be nice to know how much you are getting.
At $7.25 a beer it should be a test to see what you can sneak in...
This test isn't going to be so much about rules and 'enforcement' as much as it's going to be about how loud and disagreeable the no-fun busybodies are going to be.
The U should hire the St Paul Saints promotion guy. Need to do something to keep it interesting and fill the seats other than beer drinking.
This is not erring on the side of caution. It is simply pouting by churlish Regents who are making a grudging compliance with the compromise they negotiated with the Legislature by deliberately creating a hostile experience for the beer and wine patrons. At the gouging price of $7.25 for a cup of beer it's unlikely there will be much binge drinking going on.
Why exactly do we have to "err on the side of caution"? There were never problems with binge drinking when the team played at the Metrodome. Considering that there are probably even fewer fans in the student section at TCF Stadium, there is no reason to expect drinking-related problems to be any worse.
For anyone who wants to know as to what the serving size the beer cups will be, go to the U, buy a ticket to a football game, and walk up to one of the beer stands. You can find out that way.
When the Metrodome was built it was supposed to revitalize Gopher football by bring the game downtown. Several losing seasons later with student support plummeting someone got a great idea to bring football back to campus and the students would flock to the new stadium. But it appears that "build it and they will come" did not really work all that well as student support has continued to dwindle. I wonder if the product has anything to do with attendance? The introduction of beer sales might just be the answer but the $7.25 price tag is over inflated just as tuition at the UofM is. Since I'm sure there are more than a few beer drinking students over there and if the price were reduced to a dollar per cup that might spike up student attendance. Consumed in sufficient quantity it just might be the elixir that will make another losing season palatable.
I guess the VIP's are low risk since they have "drivers".
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