Drinking and college sports go together like — big surprise — beer and tailgates, but at the majority of universities in the U.S., the reason fans do so much drinking in the parking lots before the games is because alcohol sales aren’t allowed inside stadiums and arenas.
And what fun is watching a football game if you aren’t drunk as a skunk?
I’m only half joking with that comment because 1) I enjoy drinking a beer/wine/cocktail while I’m watching almost any kind of entertainment and 2) I was seriously disappointed when I went to my first UT volleyball game last year and realized when I got to Gregory Gymnasium that I wouldn’t be sipping on an adult beverage while I watched the Lady Longhorns kick some serious tail.
State-run universities are understandably nervous about allowing alcohol sales at their athletic events, especially when most of the student body isn’t old enough to legally drink, which is why I was pretty shocked when the Statesman’s Brian Davis posted the news yesterday that UT will likely start serving beer and wine at athletic events at basketball and baseball games starting this week. (Only two other Big 12 schools allow beer sales.)
This is apparently the doing of the new athletic director, Steve Patterson, who will either be considered the city’s hero or villian for allowing such a huge — and potentially lucrative — change in his first year on the job.
Alcohol sales during the coming months at UT’s Lesser Sports will offer a glimpse at how things will go when The Real UT Sporting Team That Matters takes the field this fall, but do you think it’s a good idea that fans will be allowed to drink at Longhorn games?