AUSTIN (KXAN) — Beer and wine will be sold in all areas at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium during Texas’ home football games this year. The decision comes after a pilot program which started in early 2014. At that time, the athletics department approved beer and wine sales for basketball, baseball and softball games.
The move did not require approval from new UT Systems Chancellor Bill McRaven and President Gregory Fenves. However, Texas Athletics said the two were supportive of the decision.
“Fan safety and enjoyment remains our number one priority as we work through the process of expanding beer and wine sales into all seating areas of the stadium,” said Texas Men’s Athletics Director Steve Patterson. “During our extensive pilot, we found fans and staff handled the situation responsibly and we had no negative issues or situations. We will continue to monitor the service closely.”
Patterson said the athletics department will continue to work diligently to ensure underage people are not drinking alcohol at games.
“All adult beverage sales at UT events is conducted through licensed vendor Sodexo and within regulations established by the state, university and Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission,” the university said in a statement.
Three other UT System schools — The University of Texas at El Paso, The University of Texas at San Antonio and The University of Texas at Arlington — also serve alcohol at sporting events. Other in-state schools offering similar services include the University of North Texas, Southern Methodist University and the University of Houston.