Minn. Senate approves bill allowing alcohol sales at TCF Bank Stadium

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A bill that would allow alcohol sales at the University of Minnesota's TCF Bank Stadium is halfway to Gov. Mark Dayton, news sources report.

The Senate voted 55-3 Friday in favor of changing the liquor law. The House is expected to vote soon as well, the Star Tribune reported.

Originally, the University hoped to sell alcohol in premium suite seating areas only, but current law states they must sell to at least one-third of the seats in the stadium's general seating or none at all. The University said this would make it too hard to police underage drinking and denied sales, according to the Star Tribune.

The proposal is part of a larger liquor bill that would require the University to make alcohol available to those of age in the general seating area during events, including any potential Vikings games, MPR reported.

New language in the bill gives the University the control it needs, allowing it to restrict alcohol sales and consumption to one area, likely a beer garden, University spokesman Chuck Tombarge told MPR.

"This new legislation both makes alcohol accessible to those that are of drinking age in the general seating area but does so in a way that allows the university to contain it and do it responsibly," he said.

The measure would allow alcohol sales through halftime, MPR reported.

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