Alcohol sales at SEC stadiums has been a hot-button issue in recent years, and it is once again a topic of discussion at SEC spring meetings this week in Destin, Florida.
On Wednesday, Georgia announced that Sanford Stadium would have limited alcohol sales for the first time this fall.
Per a report from Dawg Nation, beer and wine will be available for purchase in one specific premium seating area:
The Bulldogs are going to sell beer and wine in one specific area on the club level of its on-campus stadium during the 2019 football season, UGA Athletics Director Greg McGarity confirmed to DawgNation Wednesday. Also known as the 200 level, that is considered a “premium seating” area and has controlled access and the sales are available only to a certain level of donor.
McGarity explained where the alcohol sales would be and which members of the fanbase would be able to purchase drinks:
“We have an area that we’re going to utilize, that we’re going to cordon off and create an area for members of the Magill Society to have limited beer-and-wine sales this year,” McGarity said. “It’s available to a certain level of donors, but it’s not accessible to fans in general seating areas. We’re permitted to do it under the current rules as it stands now. We’re just doing it as a benefit to our donors.”
Fans in the general seating areas still won’t be able to buy drinks, but this is a step toward what seems to be a softening stance from the SEC.