How Alabama athletics went from cheering alcohol gross sales to placing them on maintain

Alabama followers cheer throughout the first half of an NCAA soccer recreation between the Alabama Crimson Tide and The Auburn Tiger at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa, Ala. on Saturday, Nov. 24, 2018. [Photo/Jake Arthur]

After years of resistance, College of Alabama athletic officers final month introduced a plan to comply with together with its Southeastern Convention brethren and permit the sale of alcoholic drinks to on-campus athletic occasions.

Then, Tuscaloosa metropolis leaders made a transfer that they mentioned was meant to make sure native taxpayers didn’t bear the total brunt of the general public security prices related to alcohol gross sales at large-scale venues.

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That call drew the ire of UA athletics director Greg Byrne, who has now introduced a halt to potential alcohol gross sales on the Capstone.

This is a timeline:

Might 2019

The Southeastern Convention broadcasts the lifting of its ban on in-stadium alcohol gross sales. Earlier than the change alcohol gross sales have been solely allowed at choose off-campus occasions, comparable to convention championships or bowl video games.

August 2019

The alcohol gross sales coverage formally goes into impact, with LSU and Arkansas among the many first faculties to participate. The College of Alabama decides to stick with its no-alcohol gross sales coverage.

January 2022

Byrne broadcasts the college is within the technique of bringing alcohol gross sales to Coleman Coliseum for males’s and girls’s basketball in addition to gymnastics. Byrne says, “It is one thing loads of our followers have been asking for. We have been in a position to watch the opposite faculties and the reporting we have now gotten again from different faculties is that alcohol incidents at their video games really go down as soon as they promote as a result of it is a way more managed atmosphere.”

Feb. 2, 2022

The Tuscaloosa Metropolis Council approves the sale of beer, wine and laborious seltzers in Coleman Coliseum. Levy Premium Foodservice, the corporate that handles meals service for concessions in Coleman Coliseum and Bryant-Denny Stadium, waits for the state of Alabama to grant a liquor license.

Feb. 8, 2022

The Tuscaloosa Metropolis Council amends its earlier ticket payment coverage that assesses charges on all ticketed occasions the place alcohol is offered. As soon as at $1-per-ticket for each occasion of 1,000 individuals or extra the place alcohol is offered, the brand new coverage provides a tiered payment system: $1 per ticket offered at any occasion with the capability of 1,000 to 19,999 individuals; $2 per ticket offered at any occasion with a capability of 20,000 to 49,999 individuals; and $3 per ticket offered at any even with the capability of fifty,000 individuals or larger. “The laws is a service payment for public security,” mentioned Chief Monetary Officer Carly Standridge, “so all income can be spent on supporting public security operations.”

Feb. 14, 2022

Byrne makes a press release on Twitter stating that UA athletics division “won’t be transferring ahead with alcohol gross sales at the moment” pending additional evaluation of the town’s service payment coverage. “It is rather unlucky that the town of Tuscaloosa’s plan would unreasonably goal Alabama Athletics and our followers with a service payment on all tickets the place alcohol is offered, even tickets offered to kids,” Byrne wrote in his assertion.

Attain Ken Roberts at [email protected].

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