FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM)- For the first time in the University of Arkansas’ History, some ticket holders will be able to purchase beer and wine at the Hogs home opener. Law enforcement will be on standby, ready to step in and take control if things get out of hand.
Those in club level seating will be able to buy beer and wine while the watch the Hogs take on Nicholls State. However, beer and wine will not be sold or allowed in any areas in the stadium outside of the club level, which is located on the south and east sides of the stadium.
The state’s Alcohol Beverage Control gave the school the go-ahead to sell beer and wine back in June. The stadium’s food vendor Sodexo will be the ones selling the adult beverages at the games, so they won’t be sold directly by the university.
Capt. Matt Mills with the U of A Police Department said there will be 200 officers on duty, keeping a close eye on the fans throughout the game.
“We regulate that as we would anybody that has consumed alcohol prior to the game, so our function will be to make sure that individuals aren’t intoxicated in the club levels anywhere else in the stadium,” he said. “They will be checking IDs before they sell the alcohol, so that’s a benefit for us as well to make sure they’re not selling to minors.”
Police say there will be security at other gates throughout the stadium making sure no one is sneaking alcohol into Saturday’s game, which kicks off at 3 p.m.
U of A officials said club seat customers can purchase two drinks per transaction. Beer and wine sales will end at the completion of the third quarter.
U of A’s director of sports information left 5NEWS this statement:
“The University of Arkansas and Sodexo have worked closely with the ABC regarding the sales of alcohol in the stadium, including best practices and procedures. As with any game day situation, if an issue arises, game management will work with the proper authorities to address [it].”