News

More schools are mixing beer, football at stadiums

More schools are mixing beer, football at stadiums

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: North Texas, SMU and Troy University will begin beer sales to the general public this season. Photo: Associated Press

ERIC OLSON, AP College Football Writer

Walk through the tailgate area at a college football stadium, and beer drinking is as common a sight as fans adorned in jerseys of their favorite players.

A growing number of schools are bringing the party inside, opening taps in concourses that traditionally have been alcohol-free zones.

North Texas, SMU and Troy University will begin beer sales to the general public this season. They’re among 21 on-campus football stadiums where any fan of legal age can grab a brew. That’s more than twice as many as five years ago.

Most schools continue to keep alcohol restricted to premium seating areas, if they allow it at all.

But offering alcohol is increasingly attractive for some campuses, especially for cash-strapped athletic departments outside the Power 5 conferences. Those schools, especially, are looking for ways to keep fans coming to stadiums instead of sitting at home or at sports bars.

Latest Headlines

in Local

Cutler Attacks LePage Over GNP Deal

CUTLER

Independent Eliot Cutler is continuing to attack Gov. Paul LePage over a deal that aimed to save Great Northern Paper, saying taxpayers are on the hook for $15.9 million over seven years.

in Local

Lawsuit Targets Maine IF&W Over Bear Baiting Vote

GENERIC BEAR

A group that wants to abolish bear baiting is suing to stop the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife from campaigning against an upcoming statewide referendum.

in Local

Maine Residents’ Personal Income Increases

GENERIC MONEY LARGE

Maine residents' income rose during the April to June quarter.

in Local

LePage Lauds Donation to Domestic Violence Group

governorlepage

Gov. Paul LePage is applauding a $25,000 donation to a group in Maine that is working to prevent domestic violence.

in Local

Senate Rejects LePage UMS Board Nominee Dench

GENERIC MAINE STATE HOUSE LARGE

The Democratic-controlled Maine Senate has denied one of Republican Gov. Paul LePage's nominees to the University of Maine System Board of Trustees.