Troy University Will Not Sell Beer at Football Games


By Jessica Gertler

It appears it's a no go for the selling of beer inside Troy University's football stadium once football season resume this fall.

Troy University's athletic department would not go on camera about this issue, but they do tell CBS 8 News that alcohol sales will not be happening any time soon.

The athletic department says fans won't be buying beer inside Veteran's Memorial Football Stadium next fall, and that leaves students with mixed reactions.

"Some people like my father will be disappointed, because he was looking forward to going to football games and drinking a beer or two," says student Chelsea Smith.

 "There's lots of kids around, and alcohol tends to create an atmosphere that kids don't need to be around," says student Tim Huber. 

The idea first popped up in September when the university's concession provider, Sudexo, applied for an alcohol license.

The athletic department would not go on camera, but they say they've looked at other schools that sell beer at sporting events keeping a close eye on their profits and safety issues.They say it doesn't look like the idea would work well for Troy University.

While it may be a long time before alcohol is allowed beyond these gates, it doesn't look like the debate will slow down any time soon.

"A lot of people would show up but, you know, there would be fights," says student Sarah Kasy.

"People bring their own alcohol, so either way it goes, why not make a profit," says student Mercedes Combs.

Several area churches also oppose the idea of selling beer at sporting events.

Do you think this was the right decision? Or do you think Troy University should still consider selling beer at sporting events? Head to our CBS 8 News Facebook page, and let us know what you think.

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