Tennessee announces it will sell alcohol to general public at Neyland Stadium
Tennessee became the latest SEC program to announce it will sell alcohol to the general public in 2019.
The Volunteers joined Arkansas, LSU, Missouri, Texas A&M and Vanderbilt as programs to announce it will sell alcohol this year starting with the Week 2 game against BYU.
“I appreciate everyone whose efforts have helped us develop what we believe is a comprehensive and responsible plan for alcohol sales at home football games,” UT Director of Athletics Phillip Fulmer said in a release. “The game day experience at Neyland Stadium is historic and unrivaled, and I’m confident these new concessions options will aid our continued efforts to enhance that experience for Tennessee fans and visitors throughout the stadium.
“We remain committed to providing a safe, positive, and family-friendly atmosphere in our venues and have measures in place to assure that standard is met.”
Here’s the skinny from the Tennessee release:
Trained and licensed servers will sell beer throughout the stadium at concession stands and kiosks, excluding areas near the student section. Wine also will be sold in the Tennessee Terrace and East and West Clubs. Complimentary water will be available from large “Water Monster” tanks located in the concourse.
A maximum of two alcoholic beverages may be purchased per transaction, and fans are asked to be patient while waiting in line. Per Southeastern Conference policy, each alcoholic beverage must be poured into a clear cup upon purchase.
Beer sales throughout the entire stadium will conclude at the end of the third quarter, and alcohol will not be allowed to leave the stadium. Personnel at the gates will ensure that all cups containing alcohol are poured out and empty as patrons exit the venue.
The Southeastern Conference became permissible following the 2019 SEC Spring Meetings, where conference presidents and chancellors voted to allow campuses the authority to make decisions.
You can read Tennessee’s full release here.