The start of the college football season in Louisiana brings out droves of people to Louisiana State University’s Tiger Stadium. Some say tailgating is just as popular as religion in the South.
For the first time in school history, fans will be able to purchase beer and wine inside games at public concession stands. A press release from LSU’s Athletic Department said sales will begin on August 31, when LSU plays Georgia Southern as the home opener.
“Most of our fans have told us they’ve wanted this for quite some time, and there are some who don’t,” said senior associate athletic director, Robert Munson.
Tiger Stadium opened in 1924 and there have been little updates to the concessions area, according to Munson. He told NBC Local 33 that officials will keep a close eye on the logistics of serving alcohol and will make any necessary changes to streamline the process throughout the seven game home season.
“(Tiger Stadium) doesn’t necessary facilitate all of the cold storage needs that we have, all of the trash and recycling needs that we have,” said Munson. “We’re bringing in trailers and we’re bringing in some things to keep back of house.”
Munson said he hopes fans will participate in the opportunity to provide feedback throughout the process. Season ticket holders will receive an email with approximately four questions after each game. Those surveys are collected and evaluated by the department, including Munson himself.
Beyond questionnaires, in-game attendants walk around the stadium with iPads allowing all fans to provide feedback in a timely fashion.
A ‘safe-driver program’ will also be launched in the fall. “Folks who want to be a designated driver of a large group, can come register with us,” said Munson. “In exchange for doing that, we’re going to provide some type of incentive, most likely a concessions voucher.”
Munson said the brands of domestic and import beers, along with red and white wines, has yet to be determined. He said they will work with their concession’s partner Aramark, to make that determination.
The below policy outlines guidelines set forth by the LSU Athletic Department.
Alcoholic Beverage Policy:
- The possession or consumption of alcohol not sold in the venue is expressly prohibited.
- No more than two alcoholic beverages may be purchased per transaction.
- Alcoholic beverages must be poured into a cup.
- A valid ID is required for each transaction.
- Alcohol will not be served to fans who are visibly intoxicated.
- Alcohol sales will end at the conclusion of the third quarter of the game for football.
Code of Conduct:
Stadium personnel and law enforcement will monitor fan behavior. Ejection without refund, arrest, or refusal of sale or consumption of alcohol could result for reasons not limited to:
- Unruly, disruptive or illegal behavior.
- Giving alcoholic beverages to a minor.
- Public intoxication or impairment.
- Abusive or offensive language or gestures.
- Throwing of any objects.
- Failure to follow stadium and/or law enforcement personnel instruction.
- Any other conduct deemed inappropriate by stadium personnel or law enforcement.
LSU said, “Aramark, LSU Athletics’ concessionaire, will sell a variety of domestic and imported beer as well as red and white wines at most concession stands inside Tiger Stadium,” to anyone who is 21 or older.
You will need a valid ID and alcoholic beverage sales will end when the 3rd quarter is over. Munson said the university is planning to meet with The Louisiana Office of Alcohol and Tobacco Control to determine whether mobile IDs will be accepted.
“This is all about enhancing the fan experience, responding to the feedback from our fans and doing it responsibly,” LSU Athletic Director Scott Woodward said. “It’s a big addition to our events and we believe it will be a positive one overall, but we are going about it with the appropriate mindset and thorough planning.”
While the program initially launches at Tiger Stadium, Munson says the university hopes to expand the program to the Peter Maravich Center and Alex Box Stadium.