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Ohio State fans tailgate enough to prevent beer sales in Ohio Stadium

Gene Smith AP

Those waiting for the days when they can attend a football game at Ohio State and enjoy a frosty alcoholic beverage will have to keep waiting. Ohio State has no intention of selling beer in Ohio Stadium, according to a report.

As reported by Jeremy Fowler of, Ohio State Athletics Director Gene Smith said Friday he agreed with previous comments issued by his counterpart at Michigan, Dave Brandon, in suggesting Big Ten tailgating scenes are a little different and perhaps take away from the demand or interest in alcohol sales inside the football stadium.

“I thought (Michigan AD) Dave Brandon said it well, we’re slightly different,” Smith said. “Our people tailgate all day long. No difference to Texas, but I’m not so sure they have the same level of massive tailgating all day long.”

So, is Smith saying Texas fans don’t know how to tailgate? Regardless, Smith is smart enough to know that selling alcohol inside a football stadium brings a heightened sense of responsibility to monitor and enforce. Not that he or anyone takes security lightly, but once you add the influence of alcohol to a situation it demands more attention and sometimes more personnel to handle any problems and be on the lookout for potentially hazardous situations.

Ohio State’s rival, Michigan, will not sell alcohol in Michigan Stadium, but Minnesota wants to continue selling alcohol in TCF Bank Stadium. This idea is reaching beyond the Big Ten of course. Arkansas wants to do it and LSU is showing support for the idea. More schools will continue to evaluate the option,, especially when reports show how much money can be made.

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10 Responses to “Ohio State fans tailgate enough to prevent beer sales in Ohio Stadium”
  1. thraiderskin says: Mar 21, 2014 4:37 PM

    I think Smith is saying he doesn’t know if Texas fans tailgate all day long, but he knows several B1G fans do.

  2. mrlaloosh says: Mar 21, 2014 4:54 PM

    All day? Big deal. Try 3 days straight! GEAUX TIGERS!

  3. dumbpollack says: Mar 21, 2014 5:02 PM

    So what he’s saying is that fans drink beer at games and he doesn’t want any revenue from that?!

  4. musketmaniac says: Mar 21, 2014 6:00 PM

    Delusional, Wvu games used to allow tailgating four days before the game. we’re not talking a couple coolers. were talking campers, mini bars and bloody mary machines. My point is when it comes to tailgating football , wvu dominates like our Rifle team(club). and now were selling $7.50 paper cups of beer. And we found stadium control with our profits.

  5. derekgorgonstar says: Mar 21, 2014 7:08 PM

    Aren’t the knuckle-dragging ohio fans dimwitted enough, already? Do people really think they need even more alcohol?

  6. 10kmp says: Mar 21, 2014 8:00 PM

    Do they sell moonshine in SEC stadiums, or do the rednecks just bring their own still?

  7. manik56 says: Mar 22, 2014 1:37 AM

    Thank you for saving me hundreds of dollars a year Mr. Smith.

  8. vincentbojackson says: Mar 22, 2014 8:05 AM

    He’s right, nobody beats the B1G tailgating scene.

    Now if they could just figure out a way to put a competitive product on the field.

  9. mtheparrothead says: Mar 22, 2014 8:34 AM

    But the sales of buckeyes and brownies inside the stadium will continue. Gotta keep those females up to playing weight.

  10. general74 says: Mar 22, 2014 6:04 PM

    But it is against the law to drink at these said tailgates, trust me I know I got $120 open container ticket to prove it. So what drinking is Gene Smith talking about in said tailgates.

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