Texas Universities Consider Allowing Alcohol at Sporting Events

By: Stephanie Ando Email
By: Stephanie Ando Email

A big part of Texas football is tailgating. Now, some universities are looking into letting fans keep the party going during the game.

The University of Houston is reportedly the only Texas school that currently offers alcohol to fans at football games, but SMU could be on board soon. The University of North Texas at Denton is also considering serving alcohol at athletic events, according to the Dallas Morning News.

Athletics officials at the University of Texas say they've talked about selling alcohol at Darrell K. Royal Texas Memorial Stadium, but they haven't moved forward with any plans.

"As far as I know, it's still allowed in professional games up until about half, so I don't see why not personally," said Arlo Swanson, a student at Texas A&M.

However, other people think serving alcohol at college athletics events would lead to underage and binge drinking.

"I think it's a bad idea," said Robert Schmidt. "I think it just promotes it more, and you have to draw the line somewhere."

A&M athletics officials told News 3 alcohol is already served in premium areas of Kyle Field, like the Zone. They say A&M couldn't expand sales to the whole stadium even if they wanted to, because the SEC prohibits alcohol sales and advertising in venue.

A&M officials say the current rules regarding alcohol sales will stand at the redeveloped Kyle Field.

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