Fans await decision on beer sales at UT sporting events

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AUSTIN (KXAN) — The University of Texas Athletics Department says a decision to sell beer to general admission ticket-holders was not approved in time for Wednesday night’s basketball game against Baylor.

More than one beer distributor said the university wanted them to be prepared for the change ahead of Wednesday night’s game.

The confusion had a lot of fans at the Erwin Center asking concession workers about beer sales. They were told, ‘It’s not being sold yet.’

“I think it’s great,” said Zach Bujnoch, who was in favor of seeing alcohol sales expanded at UT sporting events. “Might as well add a little revenue to the things that are already happening pregame.”

Others, thought, said allowing alcohol sales would be a big mistake.

“If you want to drink, go see professional sports,” said Matt Masters, “that’s a good place to do that.”

Austin Police say they’re getting a plan ready for the possibility of expanded beer sales at the Erwin Center.  A University of Texas Police Department spokesperson said they are not planning to increase patrols if a decision to sell beer is approved, but the current staff will keep an eye on the crowd’s behavior.

APD  said they also will not increase patrols but will continue to have a police presence around the Erwin Center went the games end.

“When you think of sports, you think of alcohol,” said Eric Pfister, a student at UT. “People like to drink a little bit. It makes the game a better experience.”

Beer is already sold at 20 other major college venues. This number has doubled in the past 10 years.

The NCAA has no rule preventing alcohol sales at regular-season events. However, it does currently ban sales and advertising of all alcohol during its championship games. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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