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University of Texas refuses to drop its football beer ban: Expected move to allow alcohol nixed

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No beer sales will be allowed at UT football games this year.  Photo by Johntex

University of Texas system chancellor Francisco Cigarroa announced at a recent Board of Regents meeting that he will not approve the sale of alcohol at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium this fall.

The Austin American-Statesman reports that the declaration “stunned” multiple sources at the university. Cigarroa went on to tell the newspaper “we’re not going to do it this year. Bill Powers and I agreed that we really needed more of an experience of selling beer and wine at our basketball games, baseball and track and field.”

Rumors of alcohol sales at UT sporting events became the talk of Austin earlier this spring. Alcohol sales went into full effect during baseball games, and while athletic director Steve Patterson never guaranteed sales in the fall for football games, fans held high hopes that they would be able to purchase beer and wine at DKR.

 Rumors of alcohol sales at UT sporting events became the talk of Austin earlier this spring. 

But Cigarroa has nixed those plans — and possibly earned a few more critics among alumni in the process. UT will remain in the company of a diminishing list of universities in Texas that don’t allow alcohol sales for football. University of Houston and Rice University already sell alcohol; SMU has announced plans to begin sales this fall.

Currently, two other Big 12 schools sell alcohol at football games: Iowa State and West Virginia University. For most schools, the decision to sell alcohol comes down to the attempt to prevent binge drinking versus the lure of creating an extra revenue stream.

But at least this year, the only Texas fans with access to booze will be those in clubs and suites. 

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