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Cheers! Penn State trustees committee OKs alcohol sales at Beaver Stadium, sends it to the full board

Outside view of Beaver Stadium
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Beer and hard seltzer might be available to the general public attending Penn State football games in Beaver Stadium soon. A board of trustees committee approved the change and sent it to the full board for consideration.

A committee of Penn State trustees voted Monday to move forward with selling alcohol in Beaver Stadium, sending the recommendation to expand alcohol sales to the full board for consideration at its Sept. 23 meeting.

Under the plan Athletic Director Patrick Kraft outlined during the virtual meeting, football fans would be able to buy beer and hard seltzer during home games. He said Penn State would work with an outside company, Oak View Group. There would be more than 140 stands selling beer and hard seltzer around the stadium.

Kraft said steps would be taken to ensure safety and prevent underage drinking, including checking IDs every time someone buys alcohol, special training for staff and stopping alcohol sales at the end of the third quarter.

A person could buy up to two drinks at a time.

Kraft said data at other institutions show a decrease in alcohol-related problems when it’s sold in the stadiums. He said the plan is not fool-proof, but: “We feel really, really confident in the strategy and plan we have in place," Kraft said.

The committee on legal and compliance voted 6-1 in favor of the expanded alcohol sales.

Board member Valerie Detwiler, who is not a member of the committee, said alcohol sales would change the game-day experience in Beaver Stadium.

“Coming to Beaver Stadium with families is part of how we build Penn Staters. Everyone has an opportunity for alcohol outside the stadium if they want it to be part of their day," she said. "I don’t understand why we need that to be part of our day inside the stadium.”

Kraft noted that eight Big Ten schools already sell alcohol during games.

He said he would like to do a “dry run” at the Northwestern game on Oct. 1. He also said it's not something "to be taken lightly."

Anne Danahy has been a reporter at WPSU since fall 2017. Before crossing over to radio, she was a reporter at the Centre Daily Times in State College, Pennsylvania, and she worked in communications at Penn State. She is married with cats.
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