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Report: ‘highly unlikely’ alcohol will be served at Florida-Georgia game

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For those in the general public looking to add spirits to the in-game World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party experience, it appears that you’ll have to continue the time-honored tradition of sneaking the stuff in.  Or drowning in it beforehand.

Citing a source with knowledge of the situation, the Florida Times-Union reported Friday that it’s “highly unlikely” alcohol will be sold to the general public during the annual Florida-Georgia rivalry game.  As per SEC policy, alcohol is already permitted to be served to individuals in suites or premium seating areas of the Gator Bowl during the WLOCP.

This report comes on the heels of one from earlier this month which stated that the SEC is prepared to review the alcohol policy for any neutral site game or home game played off-campus.

The impetus for allowing in-game alcohol sales for all seating areas is, of course, money.  Minnesota, which began selling alcohol at home games in 2012, realized a profit of nearly $200,000 last season off the sale of beer and wine throughout TCF Stadium.  West Virginia made a profit of over $500,000 in the first year (2011) it sold alcohol at football and basketball games.

The concern, though, is an increase in alcohol-related incidents inside the stadium.

“We’re going to wait for the SEC to work through its review, and if they do allow it, we could consult with the athletic directors and administrations at both schools [Florida and Georgia] and have discussions about safety concerns,” a spokesperson Jacksonville mayor Alvin Brown said earlier this month.

The experiences at both Minnesota and West Virginia should somewhat allay those particular concerns, however, as the former saw alcohol-related incidents decrease by more than 20 percent after it started selling alcohol while the latter dropped 35 percent.  As the theory goes, binge drinking prior to the game decreases as fans know there will be alcohol available once they get inside the stadium and results in fewer alcohol-related incidents.

The SEC’s alcohol policy will be on the agenda during spring meetings in the coming months.

“Up to now, we like our rule,” SEC commissioner Mike Slive told al.com. “I haven’t heard any concerted interest in changing our rule, but our people would like to talk about it. We’re institutions of higher education and alcohol on campuses has been an issue for a long while. I think this is an area where we want to walk slowly and carefully.”

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17 Responses to “Report: ‘highly unlikely’ alcohol will be served at Florida-Georgia game”
  1. overratedgators says: Mar 15, 2014 10:20 AM

    If last year’s season is any indication, the Gator fans might all die of alcohol poisoning by halftime from drowning their sorrow in Milwaukee’s Best and cheap white Zinfandel.

  2. iwishwvuwouldbeatbama says: Mar 15, 2014 10:24 AM

    The Gators are going too need a stiff drink after that butt-whopping! Bet Will wished he stayed at Texas!

  3. youcantmakemepickausername says: Mar 15, 2014 10:38 AM

    “The World’s Largest Outdoor Shirley Temple Party” doesn’t have quite the same ring to it.

  4. floridacock says: Mar 15, 2014 11:34 AM

    Like it’s not served there already

  5. 666undead says: Mar 15, 2014 1:30 PM

    Then it will be “The World’s Largest Outdoor Flask Party.”

  6. josh1982004 says: Mar 15, 2014 4:25 PM

    The Gators are going too need a stiff drink after that butt-whopping! Bet Will wished he stayed at Texas!

    Gator fans wish Will would have stayed at Texas to

  7. houndofthebaskervols says: Mar 15, 2014 6:30 PM

    And the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Dept weeps.

  8. imaduffer says: Mar 15, 2014 6:49 PM

    Once everyones pocket is padded the sprits will flow free, for a profit that is for the highest bidder.

  9. onbucky96 says: Mar 15, 2014 10:43 PM

    Beer, making Minnesota Football tolerable.

  10. sportsbastard says: Mar 16, 2014 1:31 AM

    Why is it ok to serve to suite/premium seat holders and not everyone else?

  11. florida727 says: Mar 16, 2014 9:23 AM

    I ask the same question as #sportsbastard. Some of the biggest @$$holes I know are the richest people I know. They think because they have money, rules don’t apply to them. So they can afford suites or premium seats; that makes them LESS likely to act out? Hardly. They’ll just do it wearing a nicer pair of shorts.

  12. Woody Bass III says: Mar 16, 2014 10:34 AM

    Oh yea.. because Drunk Mutt fans are SOOOOO tolerable. Let me tell you… the Leghumpers sitting next to me didn’t do you UGAly fans any favors in changing the overall perception of how stupid and obnoxious you all are.

  13. joewilliesshnoz says: Mar 16, 2014 11:31 AM

    If ya can’t beat’em, join’em. Sincerely yours, the WVU athletic department.

  14. microbrewuga says: Mar 17, 2014 8:35 AM

    As a UGA grad and fan, I can honestly say that a portion of our fan base does not tolerate alcohol very well. For me, I have found that even low doses of alcohol causes dizziness and drowsiness. For others, unfortunately, obnoxious behavior is the main symptom of consumption, as pointed out by Mr. Woody Bass III. Please be assured I plan on addressing this problem with some of our most obnoxious fans at my next family reunion. Signed, One IPA and I’m asleep, Microbrewuga.

  15. donjsmith says: Mar 17, 2014 10:54 AM

    LOL Micro… a reasonable voice in a sea of drunks who act as if they’ve won five titles since the internet became accessible…
    it will be interesting to have fans at that game who can now remember things like, you know, the game…
    good luck next season… except vs Auburn…
    WDE!

  16. microbrewuga says: Mar 17, 2014 6:03 PM

    Mr. donjsmith, I’m still dry heaving in regard to our schools last clash. We should have a great volleyball team, they way we can keep a ball in the air!!!!

  17. timdixie59 says: Mar 17, 2014 8:55 PM

    Please don’t sell alcohol at this game. There will be a drunken riot.

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