KVUE — The University of Texas announced it will sell beer and wine during Texas home football games beginning with the home opener against the Rice Owls on September 12.
"I think it's a great economic choice for the university and for the stadium," said UT student Sydney Mike-Mayer. "And obviously everyone's going to go crazy for that."
In February 2014, the university started selling alcohol at baseball games, then added softball and basketball games. At that time, there were no immediate plans to sell alcohol at football games.
Texas Athletics worked with UT Police, the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission, and a licensed vendor to evaluate the sales. Leaders said the outcome was "positive from a safety, community impact and fan experience standpoint."
Two weeks ago, the university's new president Greg Fenves said he supported selling alcohol at football games. "We have very devoted fans that attend the games and expect a high-quality experience and I think being able to serve beer to them is part of that experience," Fenves said.
UT Police said they didn't have any problems related to the sale of alcohol at the other games and expect the same with football, but some suggest there's an increased risk for drunk drivers.
While no one can predict what's going to happen, UT Police said they will work to make sure everyone is safe. A UT Police Department spokesperson issued this statement about the policy change: "The University of Texas Police will continue to provide the service and protection we have always offered the campus. We will work to ensure that visitors and fans have a positive and safe experience at all UT Austin events."
UT Austin will be the fourth UT System school to serve alcoholic beverages at sports events, following UT's campuses in El Paso, San Antonio and Arlington.
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