Lifting booze ban at the Bank?

8:46 AM, Mar 19, 2010   |    comments
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MINNEAPOLIS -- TCF Bank Stadium doesn't sell alcohol at Gopher football games now, but a bill making the rounds at the Capitol could change that. The legislature is reviewing a bill, looking into the sale of booze at the new stadium.

Senator Jim Metzen amended a liquor bill last week, to get the talks going again.  The legislature says the money raised from sales, would go towards athletic scholarships at the University.

"I thought let's go back to the issue because it's important," Metzen said.  "There could be a lot of scholarships available for men and women."

Some fans however, apparently don't care about the liquor restriction.

"People will either go to a house, or sit in their cars and drink out of their flasks, sometimes hidden in purses" student Steven Conlon said.  "They are bringing the alcohol in anyways."

Last year there was debate whether to sell alcohol in only the premium seats.  But the legislature said no.  If alcohol was to be sold, it's for everybody.

"We were going to get the discussion moving and the way I understood it, they were going to go back and review it, then meet with committee chairs," Metzen said.

In a statement, the University says, "President Bruininks and members of the Board of Regents have said they don't intend to seek a legislative change on this issue this year, so the University does not have a formal position on it. We are focused on the very challenging budgetary position and minimizing the impact of any budget cuts on our education, research and outreach missions."

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