“If you’re going to pretty much any event nowadays—Disneyland, even—you can buy a beer.”

This may be the best reason ever a school left the Southeastern Conference.

Chris Maitre is a Tulane football lifer. He attended Green Wave football games with his father in the 1970s at the Superdome. Chris was just 5 then, but he can vividly remember his dad clasping an adult beverage in his right hand as the Wave played on the field below. “Alcohol, specifically beer, has been at Tulane events for as long as anybody can recall,” says Maitre, now a senior associate athletic director at Tulane who has worked at the school for 23 years. “I don’t know when we didn’t have it.”

The stadiumwide sale of alcohol at Tulane football games can be traced back to 1967, a year after the Green Wave left the Southeastern Conference to become independent.

Honestly, you’re a school located in New Orleans.  Did you really have a choice?

Anyway, the SEC isn’t welcoming back Tulane any time soon, but it apparently is taking a serious look at in-stadium alcohol sales at next week’s SEC meetings in Destin.

On the agenda for league decision-makers is a decades-old bylaw prohibiting member schools from selling alcohol in general seating areas at athletic venues. Many of the conference’s high-ranking administrators are optimistic that league presidents will not only seriously discuss the alcohol ban but will overturn an archaic policy that exists in no other major conference. The bylaw will be “front and center” during the four-day event at the Hilton Sandestin Beach Resort, says one athletic director; another AD says it’s “the main thing.”

55 schools and the NCAA now allow beer and wine sales at events — or, in Tulane’s case, even more.

… Tulane in New Orleans and Louisiana in Lafayette, both an hour’s drive from LSU’s campus, not only sell beer and wine but serve daiquiris, frozen cocktails made with tequila or rum. Tulane is believed to be one of the first schools to serve alcohol in general seating areas. Bill Goldring and Danny Brasseux, two longtime Green Wave supporters, remember beer sales in Tulane Stadium for TU games the year the New Orleans Saints began sharing the venue in 1967. Goldring, a longtime member of Tulane’s legislative board, is a billionaire businessman from New Orleans whose family has been in the alcohol industry since 1898 and owns Sazerac, the second largest spirits company in the United States. “What’s really a joke, you go up to LSU and you sit in certain areas, and you get all the alcohol you want,” Goldring says. “If you’re tailgating before the game, everybody is drunk and you can smell it from 10 miles away. If it’s a feel-good policy, it’s the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard of.”

Maybe the common folk can get high on the fumes.

Anyway, plenty of places are selling and making money on booze.  The world hasn’t come to an end, either.  What’s your next move, SEC?

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45 responses to ““If you’re going to pretty much any event nowadays—Disneyland, even—you can buy a beer.”

  1. Spike

    Who’s thirsty?

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  2. “you can walk into a movie theater in Amsterdam and buy a beer. And I don’t mean just like in no paper cup; I’m talking about a glass of beer. And in Paris, you can buy a beer at McDonald’s.” – Vincent Vega
    We really need to grow up.

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  3. They are going to approve beer sales. I’m not going to pay $10-$12 for a cup of lukewarm, cheap beer.

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    • C’mon, man.

      I’m sure Greg McGarity will make sure the quality of the selection and service will be on par with the rest of what Sanford Stadium has to offer… oh, wait.

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      • I’ll give the AD this. The big water coolers they have brought in are awesome. Buy the first bottle in the stadium and you can refill it as many times as necessary.

        On the beer question, we all know the rights are going to whomever the liquor barons tell him should get the contract. I’m betting there will be a little kickback/referral fee for that.

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  4. I usually agree with your points. Couldn’t disagree more with this. A Pro Game vrs. College Game has a completely different feel to it.

    It is more of a ‘family’ feel. You bring alcohol into this and people do stupid things; profanity goes up, stupid comments go up. Fights go up.

    Yeah, I know people come in wasted and I know people sneak it in. But by the time you get to the 4th quarter, if you could drink the entire game – you can kiss the family atmosphere goodbye.

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    • You can designate family friendly sections and restrict second-half sales, if that’s a major concern.

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    • How come that hasn’t happened in other conferences that have approved it? I don’t see fights breaking out all over bowl games and neutral site games where alcohol sales are allowed. If that were happening, this issue would be dead on arrival in Destin.

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      • Otto

        I don’t see fight breaking out, but I see drunks barfing and taking a half to get cleaned up, or someone falling into the next row nearly landing on a child. I’ve witnessed both at Chick Fil A kick off games, SECCGs or WLOCPs.

        I am very much against Sunday blue laws but I like my college football with the booze in the parking lot with the exception of the WLOCP.

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        • I agree by the way.

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        • Debby Balcer

          I have seen that at Sanford Stadium as it is now. People come in drunk and barf all over and people sneak bottles in a spill alcohol on me now. Maybe if they sell liquor people will pace themselves when they tailgate.

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          • Otto

            My experience is it only gets worse. What makes you think someone that isn’t pacing themselves will do so with greater availability?

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            • Tony Barnfart

              Because for a lot of people they are intentionally not pacing themselves when they otherwise might because they know they are up against a hard time deadline when the booze goes dry for a few hours…..with high ticket prices and the threat of getting booted out of the stadium if caught smuggling, most people don’t sneak it in.

              Of course every person is different. Just kinda speaking from experience. When I was an idiot student, even though I’ve always been a beer guy, I would consume excess amounts of hard liquor before the cutoff time.

              The only problem with beer is the peeing…….and the bathroom situation.

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    • Sanford222view

      I went to CU Boulder and we had beer sales when I was there. Beer sales were cut off at the end on the 3rd quarter. I am guessing something like that would be implemented as well.

      Beer sales actually went away for awhile because of the “Cup Wars” that broke out at halftime in the student section. You would be amazed the damage that can be done to someone’s face when several 25oz plastic cups are stacked together and thrown. I am not even sure if beer sales have been brought back in Boulder or not. I know you couldn’t buy beer when UGA visited in 2010.

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    • Gaskilldawg

      I went to a St. Louis Cardinals’s game the night before I saw us play Missouri. St. Louis is a beer drinks town, and the stadium sold a variety of beers. Shit, the stadium is named after a brewer and beer advertising is everywhere in it. It was a “family atmosphere” at the game in spite of that, I didn’t see anyone barf or any fights.

      Why are Georgia football fans less capable of drinking that St. Louis fans?

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      • 79Dawg

        1) Sanford is 2-3X as large as your average MLB stadium at full capacity (and I believe MLB’s actual attendance is about half capacity)
        2) I know some people tailgate before Braves games, but it is relatively few; almost everyone at an SEC game is tailgating, and almost certainly much harder
        3) Baseball is a much slower-paced game, generally less intense game, than football, and generally there are fewer “flashpoints” that could result in vociferous disagreements
        Just a few quick thoughts…

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      • illinidawg

        One of the best fights I’ve ever seen was at Three Rivers. About 8 what appeared to be steelworkers were hooking in the lower deck and the cops just watched it! Come to think of it I saw that on my way into Sanford before an LSU game. They weren’t steelworkers and there was only two but the cops just laughed and let em rip.

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  5. SpellDawg

    FYI, you go to the Magic Kingdom expecting adult beverages, yo’ass gonna be sad. The other parks (Epcot, Animal Kingdom, etc.,) have booze, but the Magic Kingdom is dry, dry, dry.

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    • Not anymore … all of the table service restaurants sell now including breakfast at Be Our Guest

      https://www.themeparkinsider.com/flume/201810/6313/

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      • SpellDawg

        Hmmm, didn’t notice that last I was there (but we didn’t do sit-down meals in the MK). Probably for the best you can’t buy adult beverages while strolling, by about 3PM that place is a powder-keg. A German couple muscled their way in-front of my wife during the character parade and shit got real, real quick. I shocked myself with all the german curse words I suddenly recalled. Good times….

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    • Last time I was at Epcot I started the beer tour (a beer in each country) around the World Showcase, but my buddy petered out before we got halfway. Still want to go back and try again.

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      • Got Cowdog

        I did that tour too! It was Mrs. Cowdog’s reward for me, for spending 14 hours the previous day in MK in July and not going to jail….

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      • Slawdawg

        It was my birthday last time I was there so I had the button on my shirt letting all of the cast members know about it… got alot of “Disney magic” that trip. T shot in Mexico, Einstok in Norway, Jager in Germany, and some others that I don’t remember. God bless them. Keeping yourself together and using a bit of southern charm goes a long way

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  6. Hogbody Spradlin

    Did somebody say money?

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  7. Mick Jagger

    This should do wonders for the Athens traffic.

    (Mick searches for sarcasm font…..)

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  8. BulldogGemes

    It would take several stiff drinks for me to watch Tulane football

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  9. Salty Dawg

    It’s been a while since I lived in GA (Athens), but seems like the Baptist ran that state. If they don’t want it, it ain’t showing up.

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  10. 79Dawg

    I don’t really get the appeal of wanting to drink AT the game. I certainly enjoy my cups tailgating/downtown before the game, but when I’m at the game, I’m “into” the game; drinking more definitely takes me “out” of it. I would also add the 4+ dry hours is also definitely helpful (as someone mentioned above) to ensure you can drive home.
    As someone else mentioned above too, think about how long it takes the “professional” staff to clean up puke at the Dome or Cocktail Party (seen it happen plenty of times); now imagine people puking all over Sanford – it would take until the next rainfall for it to get cleaned up…
    And finally, the concessions/walkways/bathrooms are already out of control – adding booze would to the mix would make things exponentially worse.
    (PS – where are you going to put your beer? How many times does your drink get knocked over as people shuffle by you to move in and out of the stands/seats?)
    All that hassle so you can sip a $10 beer or (maybe) two during the game? Not worth it IMO.

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  11. spur21

    This says it all and trumps all…………

    “selling and making money on booze”

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  12. Derek

    I get plenty drunk before the game….

    I probably wouldn’t drink anymore inside if it were an option. Too much hassle and extra trips to the pisser.

    Stadium sales are for novices and the unprepared.

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  13. Union Jack

    I have advocated it before and I will do so again. Turn the Sanford Bridge into a tunnel. Turn the roof the tunnel into a massive standing room only beer garden. Sell the sponsorship to Creature Comforts or Terrapin or one for he local breweries if they can afford it.

    Allow alcohol sales at other sections of the stadium.

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  14. PTC DAWG

    I don’t see the big deal, people that want to drink during the game are doing just that…why not sell them a drink?

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  15. illini84

    I thought the thinking was that people will not get totally hammered and smuggle in hard liquor if they can buy booze inside?

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  16. TNDAWG

    Move the drinking age to 50 in the stadium.
    As for Tulane? Wonder if their alcohol revenue exceeds the SEC payout to the schools each year?

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  17. ApalachDawg

    Let’s all remember Jesus’ first miracle…

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    • Got Cowdog

      “In Jesus’ day, wine wouldn’t get you drunk.” Grandma Cowdog
      “In Jesus’ day, wine is what people called grape juice.” Other Grandma Cowdog (Both wonderful, devout, God fearing Southern Baptist ladies who I loved very much and I’m sorry if my behavior kept y’all off the top cloud in heaven)
      I was told in no uncertain terms that drinking was a sin and would get you in big trouble with the man upstairs… I wish they had been more clear to the UGA constabulary’s reaction to it.

      Me as a child: “Is beer the same thing as wine?”
      Other Grandma Cowdog (Got Sr.’s Mom): “In Jesus’ eyes it is. Why?”
      Me: “Cause Daddy drinks beer and I don’t want him to go to hell.”
      OGC; ” Beer is the least of his worries.”

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