Wednesday, May 6, 2009

No Beer for the Peasants, No Swill for the Swells?

U of M president opposes expansion of alcohol sales at TCF stadium

by Tim Post, Minnesota Public Radio

May 5, 2009

The president of the University of Minnesota opposes a legislative effort to expand alcohol sales at the U's new football stadium.

St. Paul, Minn. — A Minnesota House measure, now in conference committee at the capitol, would allow alcohol to be served throughout the TCF football stadium. The stadium is set to open in September.

The U of M wants to serve alcohol only to people in expensive premium seats and private suites.

U officials say that would help the school monitor and limit the purchase of alcohol in the 50,000 seat stadium.

University President Robert Bruininks doesn't appreciate the legislature's effort to expand alcohol sales.

"I think this is a bit of micro management in the University's business that I don't think is healthy at this time." Bruininks said.

If the measure is passed by lawmakers Bruininks said the University may have to take a second look at its plans to sell beer and wine at the new facility.

Micromanagement?  Can you say Dinkytown riot, Bob?

(Maybe the legislature is a little more subtle than you give them credit for.  Basically, if this legislation is passed, you may be forced to run an alcohol-free stadium on campus.  Might not be a bad idea, given recent developments.  You can still  have your chardonnay at Eastcliff before the game.)

1 comment:

momo said...

Those big alum donations don't come in if they cant' get soused at the game! Where are your priorities? ;)