Thursday, June 25, 2009

TCF Bank Stadium will be Dry

After discussions and debating on the University Board of Regents a decision has been reached that this fall when the Gophers celebrate the new TCF Bank Stadium, the celebration will not include alcohol. In a 10-2 vote on Wednesday, the Board of Regents decided to ban alcohol in the stadium.

State lawmakers had given the University the choice to either sell alcohol in all of the stadium or none or it, a decision that put the U in a tough place. They had hoped to sell alcohol in premium select-seats, like the luxury boxes on the upper level. Although these seats only make up 5% of the fans, the revenue would have accounted for half of the money earned on a game day. The Associated Press estimated that the Gophers will loose $1 million a season in revenue because of the ban on booze.

Fans have had mixed reactions to this announcement, with students being on one extreme and alumni who do not appreciate rowdy 21 year-olds on the other. This Gopher Girl wishes a happy medium could have been found but even without the drinks TCF Stadium is going to rock...

4 comments:

Cortney said...

They're being ridiculous. Think of all the money they could be making to help pay for the stadium. I guarantee you this will be reconsidered in a year when they figure out that everyone is just going to bring their own.

Anonymous said...

I am outraged that the University of Minnesota would choose to RAISE tuition over allowing 21 year old plus fans to purchase alcohol at the stadium. What a joke. I hope they review this policy and realie how ridiculous it is - prohibition anyone?

Gopher Alumni said...

I agree with Gopher Gal that TCF Bank Stadium is still going to rock - with or with out the booze . . . I bet Coca-Cola is happy about the policy - less beverage competition!

Beer and Football kind of Girl said...

I think they are making a big mistake, like it or not in this part of the country sporting events are associated with drinking and if we eliminate that I think people will re-think going to the games and opt to stay home and watch them on TV...

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