Ohio State announced earlier this month that they would sell beer to all of-age ticket holders at football games beginning in 2016, joining a growing number of football programs across the country. Out west, however, a pair of programs are headed in the opposite direction.
In June of last year, the Idaho State Board of Education approved a request from Boise State and Idaho that allowed the sale of beer and wine to fans with a ticket prior to the start of home football games. In the former’s case, the policy allowed ticketed fans to purchase beer or wine inside the Caven-Williams Sports Complex, the indoor practice facility, even as there were still no general alcohol sales inside of Alberstons Stadium.
Previously, the board had approved alcohol service for corporate sponsors and their guests at the facility.
Thursday, that same governing body reversed course, declining a request from both schools to continue the policy for the 2016 season.
From the Idaho Press-Tribune:
However, board members said they no longer wanted to waive the state’s current policy — which requires a special invite to buy alcohol at collegiate games.
Only board member David Hill opposed the board’s decision.
Hill says that the board’s decision will essentially shut down BSU’s pre-game function known as “The Huddle,” which offered fans food, alcohol and entertainment in lieu of tailgating.
No reason has been given for the reversal.
Alcohol sales will still be permitted in the premium seating areas at Albertsons Stadium. The Associated Press did write that “[f]ans can still drink alcohol at designated pregame tailgating areas at BSU and University of Idaho with alcohol they bring in.”