No Alcohol in TCF Stadium - The House That Bob Built
University to continue alcohol restrictions
Despite a law allowing the University to sell liquor under certain circumstances, officials announced the continued ban Friday.
As indicated, the University of Minnesota will maintain current restrictions on the sale of alcohol in licensed properties like TCF Bank Stadium despite a new law allowing them to do otherwise under certain conditions.
The new legislation was the third attempt by lawmakers this session to change the restrictions. It was proposed in the House, which had previously opposed any change in the law.
Restrictions from 2009, also originating in the House, required alcohol to be sold everywhere or nowhere. The Board of Regents opted to make all the University's sports facilities "dry," changing the longstanding practice of providing alcohol in premium seating at Mariucci Arena and Williams Arena.
Sen. Sandra Pappas, DFL-St. Paul, part of the bill's conference committee, said she wished the University had not come to a decision so quickly. Pappas proposed the first round of Legislation on the subject in March that would have repealed the ban completely.
Pappas, chairwoman of the Senate Higher Education Committee, called the new law a "reasonable compromise."
"We have the well-being of our student and community to consider," Regents Chairman Clyde Allen said in the statement. "This new law does not change the board's strong conviction that we will not be selling alcohol in general seating areas."
There is an ironic similarity between the U of M administration and Governor Pawlenty on a lot of issues.
To both of them, compromise seems to mean: "Do it my way." One of our great supporters at the legislature, Senator Pappas, is of the opinion that the latest legislative action was a reasonable compromise and even got the support of another one of our friends, Representative Rukavina, who had previously insisted: alcohol for all or alcohol for none. The U immediately threw this offer back in their faces.
And this administration wants to negotiate a "new compact" with the legislature?
Perhaps it is best that alcohol be served nowhere in the new stadium. As Regent Hunter reminded us all last year, alcohol was not served in old Memorial stadium.
And it was there that the best Gopher football ever has been played.