MU looks to potentially bring alcohol to sporting events

7 months 1 week 6 days ago Friday, July 05 2019 Jul 5, 2019 Friday, July 05, 2019 9:18:00 PM CDT July 05, 2019 in News
By: Jordan Alejandre, KOMU 8 Reporter

COLUMBIA - The University of Missouri is still mulling over the decision on whether or not it wants to bring alcohol to its games.

The SEC lifted its ban on alcohol a little over a month ago. That let schools who are a part of the conference choose whether or not they want to allow it.

Some schools like Auburn and Alabama have already decided they will not this season.

"This new policy allows each campus to decide what is right for them. These guidelines will be helpful as we move forward and have future conversation," the University of Alabama said in a statement. "We have one of the best game-day atmospheres in the country, and we don't envision making changes at this time," 

One SEC school has already decided it will allow alcohol. Texas A&M decided back on June 13th it would expand to beer and wine sales at Kyle Field. 

However, the former interim athletic director at A&M said it is hard to speculate how the school will get everything worked into the stadium and if sales will even be possible for the first game on Aug. 29.

Mizzou's deputy athletic director says the situation at Faurot is similar.

"Especially with football, you're dealing with a facility that was built in the 1920's, it's obviously been expanded since then, but how do you add alcohol sales but also make it so your fans can move through the concourses, that they can buy their hot dogs, they can get peanuts and that kind of stuff without necessarily having to wait in line," Nick Joos said.

He said Mizzou has not decided one way or the other, but believes a decision needs to come before August 1st if the school wants to have a chance of having alcohol at the first home football game on Sept. 7 against West Virginia. 

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