Florida-Georgia Game: No Alcohol
If you were looking forward to enjoying an alcoholic beverage while watching the Gators vs. Bulldogs matchup this fall, you're going to be let down. According to College Football Talk, sources say that alcohol will not be sold at the big SEC competition this year.
TheFlorida Times-Unionreported that its highly unlikely alcohol will be sold to the general public during the annual Florida-Georgia rivalry game. As per SEC policy, alcohol is already permitted to be served in suites or premium seating areas of the Gator Bowl during the WLOCP.
This report comes right after another that said theSEC is prepared to review the alcohol policyfor any neutral site game or home game played off-campus.
The only reason for allowing in-game alcohol sales for everyone is obviously money. Minnesotanoticed a profit of nearly $200,000last season off the sale of beer and wine. Another team that benefited from selling alcohol is West Virginia. Theymade a profit of over $500,000in the first year of sales.
SEC commissionerMike Slivetoldal.comalcohol is a serious issue.
I havent heard any concerted interest in changing our rule, butour people would like to talk about it. Were institutions of higher education and alcohol on campuses has been an issue for a long while. I think this is an area where we want to walk slowly and carefully.
The concern, though, is obvious. There would be an increase in alcohol-related incidents inside the stadium.
Were going to wait for the SEC to work through its review, and if they do allow it, we could consult with the athletic directors and administrations at both schools [Florida and Georgia] andhave discussions about safety concerns, a spokesperson for Jacksonville mayor Alvin Brown said earlier this month.
The SEC will be holding spring meetings soon and the alcohol policy will most definitely be on the agenda.
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