Report: Nebraska regents to discuss lifting ban on alcohol sales at Husker athletic events
Nebraska is considering allowing the sale of alcohol at Husker sporting events, according to a report by Kelsey Stewart of the Omaha World-Herald.
Stewart writes that the ban on alcohol sales at Husker athletics will be discussed when the University of Nebraska Board of Regents meets on Feb. 11. The board could allow the University of Nebraska president and chancellors to authorize alcohol at campus athletic events.
Alcohol sales for the Big Ten Wrestling Championships at Pinnacle Bank Arena are being considered. The tournament is scheduled for March 5-6.
The proposal was sponsored by University of Nebraska-Lincoln Athletic Director Trev Alberts and UNL Chancellor Ronnie Green. University of Nebraska President Ted Carter recommended and signed the proposed addendum to the Feb. 11 agenda.
Last month, Alberts was asked during a radio appearance about potentially allowing alcohol sales at NU sporting events. Per the World-Herald, he described beer and wine sales as a fan amenity that doesn’t drive attendance and “doesn’t make as much money, relative to the apparatus it takes to run the booze-selling operation, as has been advertised.”
The World-Herald notes that even if the regents lift the ban, Nebraska officials aren’t ready to propose sales of alcoholic beverages at other Husker athletic events:
Carter said in a prepared statement that beyond the Big Ten Wrestling Championships, officials are not “currently” considering any proposals to introduce alcohol at University of Nebraska athletic events, including Husker football, basketball or baseball.
Though it sounds like cold beers at Memorial Stadium are still a ways off, the Feb. 11 regents meeting could be a significant step toward changes at UN athletic events.