MSU Board Of Trustees Approve Plan To Sell Alcohol
The Michigan State University Board of Trustees voted unanimously on Wednesday morning to approve a plan to allow alcohol sales at MSU sporting events.
MSU said that they hope, with Wednesday's vote, to cut down on binge-drinking issues that have occurred before previous games at various tailgate parties.
The school will now apply for a liquor license so that alcohol could be sold at the September 16th home football game at Spartan Stadium against Washington. It is highly unlikely that the school will be allowed to sell adult beverages at the first two home games, on September 1st against Central Michigan and September 9th against Richmond.
MSU Athletic Director Alan Haller said this about Wednesday's vote:
"For me, it's about the amenities that our fans are able to appreciate at our stadium, the engagement piece, allowing options for those that want to consume alcohol safely," he said. "I've seen it done in other stadiums and I've seen it done where it adds value to the experience, so I really want our fans to be able to have those same amenities in our stadiums that they have when they travel to support our team at visiting stadiums."
If/when MSU gets the expected approved to sell alcohol at sporting events, it will leave four Big Ten schools that do not sell alcohol: Michigan, Nebraska, Northwestern, and Wisconsin.
MSU officials say that the money that comes from alcohol sales will go towards student life and engagement, athletics, food services, and education on alcohol consumption.