SEC to allow the sale of alcoholic beverages

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DESTIN, Fla. (WIAT) — Update (5/31): The University of Alabama does not plan to adopt the new policy at this time.

In a statement to CBS 42, the school said: 

“We have one of the best game-day atmospheres in the country, and we don’t envision making changes at this time.”

Original: According to the Southeastern Conference press release, the SEC has announced a revision to their limitations on the “availability of alcoholic beverages at athletic events.” 

Under this revision, the SEC dictates that conference schools will have the “autonomy to determine the permissibility of selling alcoholic beverage in its athletics venues, subject to certain Conference-wide alcohol management expectations.”

According to the release, schools will have to adhere to the following:

Institutions that offer alcohol sales in public areas must incorporate Conference-wide alcohol management expectations, which include:

  • Alcoholic beverages are to be sold and dispensed only at designated stationary locations;
  • Alcoholic beverages may not be sold by vendors within the seating areas;
  • Identification check is required at every point of sale to prevent sales to minors;
  • Alcoholic beverage sales are limited to beer and wine only (no hard liquor or mixed drinks may be sold in public seating areas);
  • Limits must be established on the number of drinks purchased at one time by an individual;
  • Alcohol must be dispensed into cups;
  • Safe server training and additional training for staff to handle high-risk situations is required; and
  • Designated stop times for sale and/or distribution of alcohol must be enforced as follows: Football (end of 3rd quarter); Basketball (Men’s-Second half 12-minute TV timeout; Women’s-End of 3rd quarter); Baseball (end of the top of 7th inning); Softball (end of the top of the 5th inning); and Other Sports (At a designated time, no later than when 75% of the event’s regulation length competition is scheduled to be completed).

The release also stated,

Each year, the conference membership shall review this policy to determine institutional compliance with established expectations and evaluate fan conduct and alcohol-related incidents for the purpose of determining the need to revise the Conference’s alcohol policy.

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