The Minnesota Senate passed a bill today that would allow the University of Minnesota to sell alcohol at college football games. Right now there is no liquor sold at the stadium and the measure would end a long-running dispute between the University of Minnesota and the State Legislature.
The U of M and the Legislature have been at odds over where and how the U of M could sell alcohol during its games. The university wanted to sell alcohol only in suites but lawmakers complained that anyone over the age of 21 should be allowed to purchase alcohol.
Sen. Geoff Michel, R-Edina, added the amendment to a broader liquor bill. He said the proposal has the support of both sides.
“I would present it as peace in the valley,” Michel said.
The proposal requires that the U of M sell the alcohol in a place that is convenient to everyone and that those legal to purchase alcohol have access to the area. Sen. David Tomassoni, DFL-Chisholm, said the measure would ensure that those who legally allowed to drink alcohol can purchase it at the game.
“Part of the problem at TCF Stadium is that maybe when it was built it wasn’t set up to be serving alcohol in the way that we would be normally be used to in a football stadium,” Tomassoni said. “This compromise allows them to set it up in a way that it will work there.”
The measure would also allow alcohol to be sold at Minnesota Vikings games played at TCF stadium.