The Star Tribune reports that lawmakers have approved the sale of alcohol at TCF Bank Stadium, making the University of Minnesota the first school in the Big Ten to sell beer at football games.
A bill signed into law this week by governer Mark Dayton will allow beer to be sold at Gopher Football games from tents through at least half time. Alcohol had been banned at the stadium since it opened in 2009. The beer sales are expected to help attendance and make TCF Bank Stadium better suited to host the Minnesota Vikings, should they need to use TCF for a season while a new stadium is built.
"This is absolutely fabulous," Bob Hughes, president of the Goal Line Club, a Gophers football booster organization, told the CBS Sports. "It makes it that much more of a festive experience. It will set us apart. We'll be the only Big Ten stadium that will actually have a beer garden of that nature."