Plan moves forward to sell alcohol at College Park athletic events

COLLEGE PARK, Md. — The University of Maryland signed off on a proposal to sell beer during football and basketball games.

In a letter obtained by The Baltimore Sun, University President Wallace Loh says the change will “enhance the fan experience.”

He also claims it will encourage controlled, responsible drinking.

If approved by the Prince George’s County liquor board, the university would sell beer for a one-year trial period starting this fall.

After that, if everything goes well, sales would continue with glasses of wine added to the menu.

Alcohol is currently offered to fans in suites, but this would expand sales to concession stands at Byrd Stadium and Xfinity Center, generating an estimated $500,000 annually.

Loh promises to donate all proceeds to student services such as responsible drinking and sexual assault awareness programs, according to The Baltimore Sun.

Campus is divided.  Most students support the idea, while most faculty and staff are opposed.

West Virginia, Minnesota and Syracuse are among other universities that sell alcohol to the general public during athletic events.

Nick Iannelli

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