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Carolina has a decision to make, courtesy of a new law that allows the state’s 16 public universities to authorize beer and wine sales at campus sports events.
After Gov. Roy Cooper ’79 (’82 JD) signed into law a bill passed by both houses of the N.C. General Assembly, UNC Athletics Director Bubba Cunningham indicated support was strong for selling alcoholic beverages at Carolina venues.
“Since the bill was introduced, we have been having conversations and exploring opportunities related to selling alcohol in our stadiums,” Cunningham said in a statement. “Our Trustees support this effort, and now that the bill has been signed, our game management staff and concession partner will soon make a presentation to me about the different scenarios involved in such sales, and I will consult with University leadership about the best path forward.
“Permitting the sale of alcohol in college stadiums has become much more prevalent across the country over the last few years, including during NCAA championships and ACC tournaments. We will move forward in a thoughtful and appropriate way, looking at the opportunities from many perspectives.”
Boards of trustees of the UNC System universities will decide for each school.
The allowance includes performing arts centers, hotels, golf courses and eating establishments on the campuses. Sale of mixed drinks is not permitted by the new law.
Currently, alcoholic beverage sale at UNC sports events is limited to the Blue Zone of Kenan Stadium.