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West Virginia To Allow Alcohol Sales At Football Stadium

It's ironic that WVU has voted to allow alcohol sales at its home football games in a time in which head-football-coach-in-waiting Dana Holgorsen is in the news for his alcohol use, but I agree with their decision. This policy not only will make some money for the university, but it also sounds like it might prevent alcohol abuse at games.

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Athletic Director Oliver Luck said it is part of an overall plan to improve game-day operations and public safety, including no stadium re-entry after halftime and adding designated smoking areas outside the stadium concourse. In the past, fans could leave the stadium at halftime to attend tailgate parties in stadium parking lots and re-enter by showing a ticket stub and a pass-out check issued at stadium gates.

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If you're operating on a student budget, buying drinks at the game rather than chugging them in the parking lot will probably actually get you to drink less - drinks at games are expensive. And knowing that alcohol won't be available in the stadium probably encourages fans to binge before they enter it, in preparation for not having access to alcohol for a couple hours. I like the idea of a policy like this one that encourages fans to drink in reasonable amounts. 

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It sounds like WVU will monitor the new policy closely this year.

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(Full disclosure here: my father is a member of WVU's Board of Governors and voted on this policy, although I don't know how he voted.)

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