Alcohol sales appear to be on hold for Alabama fans.

Alabama Athletics Director Greg Byrne wrote a statement on Twitter on Monday and said that the Crimson Tide” will not be moving forward with alcohol sales at this time” pending further review of a service fee that the Tuscaloosa City Council adopted at a Feb. 8 meeting. For ticketed events of at least 1,000 and alcohol is sold, the ordinance calls for fees to be added, which increases depending on capacity.

“It is very unfortunate that the City of Tuscaloosa’s plan would unreasonably target Alabama Athletics and our fans with a service fee on all tickets where alcohol is sold, even tickets sold to children,” Byrne wrote in his statement. “… Alabama will not be moving forward with alcohol sales at this time.”

Alcohol was expected to be available soon at Coleman Coliseum after the City Council approved a liquor license from Alabama’s concessionaire, Levy Premium Foodservice LP. Only beer, wine and seltzers were expected to be sold.

The Alabama Alcoholic Beverage Control Board still had to give final say before the Crimson Tide could begin those sales at Coleman Coliseum, but the service fee the city council has since adopted has forced Alabama to adjust.

According to the ordinance adopted Feb. 8 by the council, the Tuscaloosa News reported that public safety ticket fees will be:

  • $1 per ticket sold at any event with the capacity of 1,000 to 19,999 people;
  • $2 per ticket sold at any event with a capacity of 20,000 to 49,999 people; and
  • $3 per ticket sold at any even with the capacity of 50,000 people or greater.

“The legislation is a service fee for public safety,” said Chief Financial Officer Carly Standridge, “so all revenue will be spent on supporting public safety operations.”