TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (WIAT) — The Tuscaloosa City Council approved the proposition of alcohol sales at Bryant-Denny Stadium Tuesday.
The votes were cast at a city council meeting Tuesday. The stadium’s alcohol license passed by a vote of 4-1.
This comes six months after the city council approved alcohol sales at the Coleman Coliseum, but went back to the drawing board.
Some provisions have been made by Levy Premium FoodService, L.P. to limit underage drinking by those who attend games at Bryant-Denny, including:
- Checking IDs with every alcohol purchase
- All service workers will have to take a two-hour serving class
- Identify everyone at check-in before games to see who is 21
- Cutoff time to buy alcohol will be at the end of the 3rd quarter
“I did not buy my tickets this year,” Tuscaloosa resident David Parr said. “That doesn’t mean I’m not going to be watching from my TV at home, but I just feel that strongly about it.”
Parr is opposed to the idea saying college is a time for students to learn responsibility.
“I don’t want to be around it when people don’t know how to handle what they’re doing,” Parr said.
Others see this as an opportunity for more enforcement.
“I know plenty of people that have slipped stuff into the games,” UA junior Michael Walker said. “This allows a safer way for people to drink if they do want to at the games.”
The Southeastern Conference lifted a ban on alcohol sales in public seating areas of on-campus stadiums in 2019, leaving the final decision to universities. The Tuscaloosa City Council approved alcohol sales at Coleman Coliseum earlier this year, but started over when it couldn’t reach an agreement on how the sales could benefit everyone.
Instead of raising ticket prices like the original proposal stated, now, these alcohol sales will go toward supporting first responders’ pensions at $250,000 per year for five years, plus taxes on the sales.
“We want to be able to keep our current people as well as bring in new people and that they will stay in Tuscaloosa instead of going to other places,” District 1 Councilor Matthew Wilson said. “This is going to be beneficial for both the City of Tuscaloosa and the University of Alabama.”
The proposal now awaits state approval.
CBS 42 also spoke with the Collegiate Recovery Program Manager Hillary Hardie on campus who said she is not opposed to these sales. She wants to remind everyone that there are services on campus to help anyone who may need access to a sober community like ‘recovery tailgates’ they offer for football games.
“I like to view it from a solution-oriented mindset as far as what can we offer as an alternate program or education on campus about substance use so that when a problem does arise there’s a place to go, there’s a service or a resource you can engage in,” Hardie said.
Collegiate Recovery and Intervention services are available Monday through Friday at the South Lawn Office Building. You can also follow them on Facebook and Instagram @bamarecovery.
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