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LSU AD: Selling beer would enhance fan experience

The next time you go to a football game in SEC country, you may be able to do so while responsibly enjoying an alcoholic beverage of choice, but only if that game is being played off campus.

According to a report by Jon Solomon on Al.com, the SEC is prepared to review the alcohol policy for any neutral site game or home game played off campus. Selling alcohol on campus appears to be off the table for now. LSU athletics director Joe Alleva seems to support the idea, saying it would “enhance the fan experience.” Concerns of fans getting a little carried away inside the stadium with the booze is always a concern, especially when a significant percentage of the fans re college students, but Alleva sees some of the benefits and believes it merits further discussion within the conference.

“I don’t think that’s something that would necessarily be a negative for drunkenness and it might curtail the drunkenness if you sold beer,” Alleva told Al.com.  “Right now, they drink excessively in the parking lot before they come in because they can’t get alcohol inside. Perhaps if they had access in the stadium, they wouldn’t drink as much when they come in. I think it’s something we have to talk about. This may come down the road in the future, and I wouldn’t be opposed to it.”

The SEC has two neutral site games within the conference in 2014 with Georgia and Florida’s annual rivalry game in Jacksonville, which coincidentally has tried to step away from The World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party nickname in recent years, and the Texas A&M and Arkansas game played in Cowboys Stadium. Arkansas also plays some off-campus home games in Little Rock that would qualify under the alcohol policy.

Some schools already sell beer and alcohol to those seated in the luxury boxes. Arkansas recently expressed interest in selling beer and wine in their boxes, and more and more schools appear to be showing some sort of interest in at least exploring the possibility. Minnesota is looking to extend their liquor licence to continue selling alcohol in their football stadium, and West Virginia has shown some positive results since introducing beer sales in their stadium.

If the SEC opened the sale of alcoholic beverages to more fans, the ultimate decision would still be based on a school-by-school basis.

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27 Responses to “LSU AD: Selling beer would enhance fan experience”
  1. orngnbl says: Mar 6, 2014 11:28 AM

    They should sell extra chromosomes because most of those fans are missing one

  2. dietrich43 says: Mar 6, 2014 11:42 AM

    Yes, it’s for the fans’ experience. Just like the players are there to be educated. Not to make the University piles of money, no, no, not at all.

  3. cf8280 says: Mar 6, 2014 12:06 PM

    Selling alcohol IN the stadium actually will help reduce the binge-drinking outside of the stadium. But what would help most is if they’d actually revoke season tickets and parking privileges to people arrested for public intoxication. That is… IF… “enhancing the fan experience” is what you want. Cynics will say this is really about making more money even when you’re (surprisingly) not playing at home.

  4. Professor Fate says: Mar 6, 2014 12:10 PM

    dietrich-
    My very first thought as well. No honesty here by the school.

    cf8280-
    The ones pounding beers in the parking lot are there to get/be drunk. Selling more inside would insure they get to stay drunk. I’m sure there are folks who like to have a beer or two during the game, but the ones “binge-drinking” in the p-lot before the game aren’t in that group. For-profit schools are looking for more ways to profit. That ain’t cynicism, that’s realism. BTW, not playing at home doesn’t mean you aren’t getting a piece of the concessions pie.

  5. goodfieldnohit says: Mar 6, 2014 12:11 PM

    I tailgate my ass off before the game. Get a damned good buzz going before kickoff. I use the actual game to yell like hell, and,believe it or not, sober up, so I don’t get popped on the drive home.

  6. deeboy says: Mar 6, 2014 12:49 PM

    Having Joe Alleva in favor of anything related to alcohol is ironic to say the least. Google “Joe Alleva boating accident” and see what pops up. The part left of the news story is that his son took a bullet for his dad. That incident along with the Duke lacrosse scandal got him quietly shown the door at Duke.

    And then he ends up smelling like a rose with a job at LSU. I don’t know who he had the goods on to get that gig.

  7. thefiesty1 says: Mar 6, 2014 1:26 PM

    They are already drunk well before game time so selling alcohol during the game is moot.

  8. packerbadger says: Mar 6, 2014 2:09 PM

    The people down there believe that the world is flat and only 6000 yrs old because they’re told that. They also believe that going out with your brother or sister can enhance the dating experience too.

    orngbl….you beat me to it!

  9. keltictim says: Mar 6, 2014 2:27 PM

    What about stadiums like Williams Brice? Not even close to being “on campus”.

    As for the keyboard tough guys where are you from exactly?

  10. rfmist8 says: Mar 6, 2014 2:40 PM

    Isn’t this the same state where they film “Swamp People?” The show where they have the English translation below the characters who are speaking? Just askin’.

  11. ghengy says: Mar 6, 2014 2:43 PM

    Sorry, LSU fans are drunk enough when they get to the game.

  12. goodellisruiningtheleague says: Mar 6, 2014 3:55 PM

    Selling beer didn’t seem to be a problem when I went to the Michigan/Alabama game in Dallas…

  13. ibreathefootball says: Mar 6, 2014 4:39 PM

    Drinking sucks, 88,000 people dead each year just in the US alone. I say ban drinking, everywhere.

  14. gorilladunk says: Mar 6, 2014 6:11 PM

    Have we reached the point where we can’t go 3-4 hours without alcohol? It will “enhance the fan experience”? Enough already. Alcohol abuse is a growing problem in this country and having administrators at major universities endorse the sale of it at college games is despicable. (Yes SMU, I’m talking to you, too)

  15. polegojim says: Mar 6, 2014 7:13 PM

    Wow… so most of you think the only fans who would drink beer at the games are drunks and alcoholics???

    You folks must be drunk now, and you’re talking trash about LSU fans?

    1) I enjoy have a beer or two during a game… over a 3.5 hour period!
    2) Don’t sell alcohol to drunk people. In most states is a violation of state law and punishable by $1,000 fine and one year in jail… and is enforceable.
    3) You’re cut off! Who will enforce it? The same security personnel already at the game who keep the peace.

  16. duckrott says: Mar 6, 2014 8:49 PM

    Makes sense to promote more drinking at neutral site games where EVERYONE will be getting into a car afterward. On-campus games at least have a large number of (higher risk) people walking back and forth.

  17. usm418 says: Mar 7, 2014 12:27 AM

    Overpriced tickets and beer for amateur football?

  18. tommy57 says: Mar 7, 2014 6:09 AM

    What about pot?

  19. wolfman55h says: Mar 7, 2014 1:06 PM

    What a dipshit comment. I’m a long time LSU season ticket holder. There’s enough alcohol floating in the parking lots at tiger stadium to launch the fifth fleet. What selling booze is going to do is ‘enhance’ concession sales which the program needs to do because fans rant turning out as much to watch a lame ass non conference schedule. Between Sabans ‘athletes safety’ concerns and ass clown joe alleva’s ‘enhance’ statement I can tell which is more disingenuous. They both make me want to throw up.

  20. wolfman55h says: Mar 7, 2014 1:09 PM

    No Tommy the pot is only for the players. Check your favorite college teams police blotter and usm, college football hasn’t been legitimately ‘amateur’ since about 1970. Lol

  21. wolfman55h says: Mar 7, 2014 1:15 PM

    One more, the first thing they are going to do is adopt a no alcohol outside the stadium policy to make people who want to drink have to go inside and buy $8 ‘near beers’ Thats when I ll start going to the games just to watch tiger fans burn down the campus in protest.

  22. wvucolumbus says: Mar 7, 2014 1:51 PM

    Mountaineer Field had one of the worst reputations for drunk and disorderly conduct during games prior to selling alcohol in the stadium. This was because the school had a “pass out” policy during halftime of games. It was one of those policies that had always been around (since like the 30-40s) and no one dared propose revisions against it. Folks would refill flasks and get significantly inebriated for the 2nd half.

    When Oliver Luck became AD, the school stopped the policy and began selling beer in the stadium. Last year, he cited that the number of alcohol related incidents, within Mountaineer Field, was down by nearly 65%.

  23. musketmaniac says: Mar 7, 2014 9:59 PM

    as my mountaineer friend from columbus has stated, its about control. And every since they have been selling beer in house, they have had more of it. My first as a teenager was cleaning the stadium after the game. we’d start 15 minutes after the game. Spend 30 minutes cleaning than go back to a tailgate party. loved that job, started at 14 years old, kind of learned on the job. Sad thing is back then all the illegal booze was found at the fifty yard line, you know the good seats

  24. 8to80texansblog says: Mar 11, 2014 1:20 PM

    tommy57 says:
    Mar 7, 2014 6:09 AM

    What about pot?
    __________________________

    Are Colorado schools allowing fans to smoke pot in designated smoking areas…. brings up a whole different set of second hand smoke issues….

  25. suprmous says: Mar 11, 2014 9:34 PM

    As an LSU fan you who criticize you’re a real piece of work. What type of role model are you: are you so perfect that you can afford to point fingers at others and not have any come back at you? I can’t think of one game where there isn’t drinkin goin on. As for ignorance you allude to that too is everywhere. Believe it or not we’ve had some notable doctors and attorneys to come out of LSU and if that’s a sign of ignorance well damn. If you can afford to keep throwin stones at glass houses lead on but just remember karma’s a bitch and she bites hard.

  26. cruisedoctor says: Mar 12, 2014 12:31 AM

    How about starting in a controlled fashion. Show your ID at the gate and get two paper bracelets good for a beer each. Not EVERYONE going into the games drinks beer or drinks at all. ONLY those of age can get bracelets. And, I agree, most fans come in much drunker than they care to because they cannot drink in the stadium. And….come on….your choices are soda, soda, soda and water. Are people going to share bracelets? Of course they are. And for the unruly fan, well, how about putting all those state troopers and police and sheriff’s deputies to work and have them look out for unruly behavior instead of watching the game.

  27. southernpatriots says: Mar 28, 2014 2:12 PM

    wvucolumbus:

    Thank you for your post. A great contribution to balance here on this forum. I respect it and you. When at WVU for the LSU game a few years back, I thought I was in a similar atmosphere as at LSU. The “voice of the mountaineers” said his experience at LSU was the best he ever had at an opponent’s school in his life. It was because of the hospitality and generosity of the LSU fans, as with the Mountaineer fans.

    I’ve dealt with so many accidents caused by DWI, DUIs, etc. that any drinking I ever did, I quit a long time ago. Responsible drinking is the key. Many people cannot drink responsibly. They can be monitored better in house, in the stadium, and by ticket takers and personnel at the gates. I think some better enforcement needs to be conducted.

    suprmous: A shout out to you! I don’t think I am very notable, but I did come out of LSU, both BR and Medical in NO.

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