Regents delay vote on alcohol sales at Williams and Mariucci Arenas

Sales could bring in $250,000 annually

Sloane Martin
May 10, 2019 - 2:43 pm
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There's still hope for those hoping to enjoy a few brews at Williams and Mariucci Arenas in the near future.

Multiple members of the Board of Regents showed support of the measure Friday and postponed a formal vote until June's meeting. University of Minnesota Athletic Director, Mark Coyle believes alcohol sales could bring in a quarter-of-a-million dollars in revenue annually.

Several members like Michael Hsu believe it's significant revenue.

"While every dollar helps, I think we should maximize our opportunity here," Hsu said.

The proposal comes at a time when the athletic department seeks to address dwindling attendance. Regent Darrin Rosha doesn't think allowing alchohol sales will change the arenas' atmospheres.

"I believe considerations have been put in that should continue to preserve that family environment," Rosha said.

Currently, football games at TCF Bank Stadium are the only time alcohol is served to general seating.