“Gov. Roy Cooper on Wednesday signed a bill into law that allows legal beer and wine sales at campus sporting events throughout the UNC system.
Last week, House Bill 389 passed the N.C. Senate and House. Now that it has Cooper’s signature, the final step before alcohol sales begin at college stadiums and arenas is for the Board of Trustees from each UNC system school to vote to allow sales throughout their athletic facilities.”
Let me start off by saying Hops News does not approve of or condone underage drinking. However, I am writing this blog as a recent college grad that realizes students that are not of age do sometimes partake in the festivities, especially on a college game day.
Stepping off soapbox
Now with that being said, this is HUGE news and places North Carolina on top as one of the smartest states in the union. Everyone benefits from this and I think all states need to get on board ASAP. I am sure there are arguments for both sides of this, but the statement that I believe puts every other argument to rest is simple…
NOT SELLING ALOCHOL AT GAMES WILL NOT STOP STUDENTS FROM DRINKING!!!
Read it one more time for the people in back!
Not to mention, this is also a fantastic opportunity for Breweries to hop on board and sell to the college demographic which, lets face it, is a huge market that they miss out on. New Belgium and Appalachian Mountain Brewery have already taken advantage of this by coming out with Cans for NC State and Appalachian State.
I spent 4 years attending Badger football games at UW-Madison and every game I went to had Chad on the floor in the bathroom at half time with his pants around his ankles and face in the toilet, and Becky crying because she chipped her tooth on the cement while trying to run up the stairs. In fact, I would go as far as saying that not selling alcohol in the stadium made us drink MORE on gameday. Now don’t get me wrong, we were stupid… but the thought of being without a beer for a 3 hour football game made us think that the extra beer bong of Natty Light at the end of the tailgate would help us maintain our buzz when in reality, that was the beer that usually lead to an arrest or the drunk tank. If there were beers to be had once we got inside, that last shot of Fleischmann before the walk to the stadium would not seem necessary.
All jokes aside, the day my alma mater comes out with a beer, you’d better believe I will have that six pack in my fridge at all times.