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Raise your glass: WVU allows beer sales at football games


Because if there was one thing some WVU fans weren’t already, it was drunk enough.

After a reported “lengthy discussion”, West Virginia’s Board of Governors has approved the sale of beer during football games. The BOG voted 10-5 in favor of amending BOG Policy 18 (Section 4.1), which prohibits the sale of alcohol during WVU sporting events.

In an interview following the decision, WVU athletic director Oliver Luck said the beer will be sold in plastic cups away from the student section and fans will only be able to buy two beers per visit. Fans who appear to have “had enough” will not be served.

“By changing the re-entry procedure and smoking areas at the stadium, along with today’s change in policy, I believe we have taken a step forward toward our goal of a safer, friendlier and more civil game day experience,” Luck said in a statement released by WVU Sports Information.

The initial idea was proposed to WVU’s BOG in early April and a 30-day open comment period began shortly thereafter, ending in mid-May. The proposal to sell alcohol at games was, somewhat surprisingly, met with overwhelming opposition by fans.

At the time of the proposal Luck said the sale of beer, along with the elimination of halftime pass-outs, would, and I quote, “improve fan behavior”.

Luck also mentioned beer sales could provide around $500,000 in revenue for the program (that’s more like it).

Rutgers, who now is the only Big East football member not selling alcohol in some capacity during football games, has also begun tossing around the idea.

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11 Responses to “Raise your glass: WVU allows beer sales at football games”
  1. edgy says: Jun 3, 2011 12:00 PM

    Ok but will they keep it out of the coach’s box or does their OC get to have a halftime libation or does he have to leave the stadium and go to a casino? :)

  2. myballsmyrules says: Jun 3, 2011 12:23 PM

    They won’t sell much beer. Remember, this is West Virginia. Everyone will have their own brown jug full of moonshine, and at halftime they will play the jugs.

  3. WingT says: Jun 3, 2011 12:39 PM

    Hey Ben,
    Is that a picture of you? lol

  4. Ben Kercheval says: Jun 3, 2011 12:50 PM

    It wasn’t my proudest moment, WingT…

  5. waynefontes says: Jun 3, 2011 1:04 PM

    I’m sure this will end well.

    I admire a school who celebrates big wins by burning couches.

    Is this to keep the head coach in waiting from leaving? Of course, most fans already sneak in what they want anyway.

    I have to ask Ben, did Holgorsen give you permission to reprint that picture of him at the casino?

  6. phillyb6 says: Jun 3, 2011 1:28 PM

    @waynefontes… come on now, be reasonable… the guy in the picture has way too much hair to be Holgorsen!

  7. waynefontes says: Jun 3, 2011 1:41 PM

    phillyb6 says:
    Jun 3, 2011 1:28 PM
    @waynefontes… come on now, be reasonable… the guy in the picture has way too much hair to be Holgorsen!

    Very true.

  8. whatswiththehate says: Jun 3, 2011 2:26 PM

    So above this story are two college football players DUIs…Stop the madness NOW.

  9. ezwriter69 says: Jun 3, 2011 2:28 PM

    Only time I ever felt in danger at a ball game was VaTech/WVU… the pic and comments are funny, but those folks are Hatfield/McCoy for real, they aren’t playing at hating, if the field wasn’t ringed by state cops, literally, they’d be killing each other.

  10. mrcowpatty says: Jun 3, 2011 5:54 PM

    So that’s how they drink beer in West Virginia.

  11. myballsmyrules says: Jun 4, 2011 11:59 AM


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