Why would UGA be opposed? McGarity cited logistical as well as other problems, including exposure to liability insurance.
“While it may be a huge revenue generator, what happens if someone has an accident going home and they’ve consumed too much beer in your stadium? It’s hard of a liability (concern). We have enough liability as it is. I’m not so sure we want to undertake another stream of liability,” McGarity said.
Quite sensible. Except I wonder how he rationalizes the drinking that goes on in the suites. Suite Dude doesn’t have a superior metabolism to those sitting in the North Stands. What he likely does have is good insurance. So if the day comes when you take the time to train your beer vendors to card folks, observe their level of inebriation and do all the other things that public venues across America do to limit their exposure, why not go ahead and require your customers to furnish proof of liability insurance?
Yeah, I’m being a little facetious. But it’s hard to take McGarity’s concern about liability that seriously. The truth is that right now, Georgia doesn’t want stadium beer sales. “I just think it’s different cultures, and at West Virginia they obviously feel that’s the best way to handle alcohol consumption. And we just have a different opinion.” At some point, you wonder if the money becomes too attractive to pass up. If that ever happens, you can chalk it up to improving the fans’ experience, right?