While the University of Florida has been mulling over whether fans can drink alcohol at college football games, Florida State University jumped on the bandwagon.
FSU announced earlier this week that the university “will include beer and wine sales in five locations for home football games in 2019,” according to a news release.
That means the public at large can imbibe – not just adult fans in stadium suites and boxes.
Alcohol will be sold at two locations in Tallahassee’s Doak Campbell Stadium, and at three locations in tailgating areas outside the stadium, the news release states.
FSU’s decision comes prior to the launch of the 2019 football season and after the SEC announced on May 31 that SEC schools, including the University of Florida, could sell alcoholic beverages at athletic events, including at college football games. The policy went into effect Aug. 1. (FSU is in another football conference.)
Each SEC school can decide if it wants to pursue the new alcohol policy, and UF has not yet made a decision, according to Steve Orlando, a UF spokesman.
The university’s board of trustees is scheduled to meet in September, but it’s not clear if the board will take action then. UF’s first football first game is August 24, but it will be played in Orlando rather than at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium in Gainesville.
Meanwhile in Tallahassee, “We have worked closely with both FSU and Tallahassee police to monitor our alcohol sales at athletic venues, and we believe we have a good plan in place to continue a successful program at our football games,” David Coburn, FSU’s Director of Athletics, said in a statement.
“We also benefit from having a fairly comprehensive guide of best practices drawn from the experiences with alcohol sales at other college and professional football venues around the country,” Coburn stated, and, “We expect our fans who choose to take advantage of this program to do so responsibly.”
There will be rules on drinking: “The two areas inside Doak Campbell will require that all alcoholic beverages be consumed within a designated area adjacent to the concession stand. Alcohol consumption will not be permitted in any public location inside Doak Campbell other than the two designated areas,” according to the news release.
At the concession stands in the tailgating area, alcohol sales will end 10 minutes prior to scheduled kickoff time. The two locations in the stadium will stop sales at the end of the third quarter.