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Board approves plan for alcohol sales at University of Maryland sporting events

Until now, only those in pricey box seats could order a cold brew.

WASHINGTON — The University of Maryland is about to expand sales of beer at football and basketball games.

Until now, only those in pricey box seats could order a cold brew.

Wednesday night, after hearing testimony both for and against, Prince George’s County’s liquor control board approved a one-year experiment allowing sales of beer to anyone of legal age during sporting events at Byrd Stadium and Xfinity Center.

“It begins with the first football game this fall,” University President Wallace Loh told WTOP after the board’s decision.

“This is all about responsible drinking and safe drinking in a closely monitored environment,” he added.

Customers will only be able to buy one beer per transaction.

“With very trained vendors, with police officers and security people all over the place to make sure that it is lawful and orderly,” Loh said.

University leaders say numerous other precautions will be taken to prevent underage drinking, excessive drinking and the use of fake IDs.

If things go well during the first year, the university hopes to start selling wine at these venues as well.

The university expects yearly net revenue from beer sales to be about $500,000, and that money will be directed toward things like responsible drinking programs and sexual assault prevention.

Loh detailed the expanded beer plan in a letter to the University of Maryland community last month.

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