2019 could just mark a year that SEC allows selling alcohol on their games. Many believe that SEC is making some hypocritical and quite selective moves when it comes to alcohol during games.
The Agenda of Lifting the Long Alcohol Ban
Southeastern Conference is meeting this week, and one of the most open questions and planned discussions is whether they should finally allow alcohol sales. Many believe that SEC is being quite hypocritical given how they allow alcohol sales in private luxury suits. However, in general seating areas, one couldn’t possibly buy an alcoholic beverage.
In general, this further supports the prevailing stereotype that college programs only care about the wealthy donors who invest a lot of money. A popular opinion that needs to change very soon, as average fans are getting quite furious about it.
Considering how SEC is America’s strongest conference, it now officially belongs to the minority. All of the other conferences have long lifted their bans on alcohol drinks on their games; the decision is left to members. NCAA is one of the 55 FBS programs that don’t ban alcohol sales. Additionally, Indianapolis officially started allowing alcohol on its championship events.
All this time, SEC has stubbornly been resisting this ban. This has a lot to do with college football, of course. Although football attendance is rising more by each year in all the USA, the situation is not the same with college football. Moreover, college football attendance is dropping continually. Many viewers prefer to stay at home and watch on their HD screens — which doesn’t seem like a very bad idea if you compare it to crowded stadiums, overpriced tickets, and lack of parking spots.
Believe it or not, selling alcohol at stadiums could actually solve this problem. For example, Arizona allowed selling beer and wine at their games for the first time last year. This immediately boosted the attendance of nearly 3,000 additional people per game.
A good thing about it all is that SEC has a lot of options on the table. Some colleges allow only light alcohol drinks, such as beer and wine. Others don’t sell alcohol beverages near students, and some have the non-alcohol section of the stadium.
Of course, there were problems. Only last year, Arizona had to remove nearly 50 people from stadiums given how they misbehaved due to intoxication. But perhaps, SEC should follow the example of Indiana, which is starting with beer and wine sales this year. Also, Louisville allowed beer on their basketball and football games a long time ago.
Overall, many fans demand that they get the same treatments as the wealthy people in suites. If they can have their alcoholic beverages, why can’t next-door fans have them as well?