The University of Minnesota will soon be allowed to sell alcohol at its football stadium. The Minnesota House passed a liquor bill today by a vote of 115-13 that includes the stadium provision. Governor Dayton’s office says he will sign the bill. DFL Representative Joe Atkins of Inver Grove Heights says he’s pleased the five year dispute is closer to coming to an end.
“We finally reached a bipartisan stadium deal as far as an agreement goes,” Atkins said. “It might not be the stadium that most people are talking about but at least we reached some sort of stadium deal relative to TCF.”
The Legislature and the University of Minnesota have been at odds over selling liquor at the football stadium. The compromise will allow the U of M to sell alcohol at the stadium as long as sales are open to the general public.
The provision expires after two years and will have to be renewed by the Legislature. The bill includes a provision requiring at least one Minnesota-brewed beer be sold at the stadium.