Booze at Big Red? NU Regents to discuss next week

By: - February 3, 2022 1:11 pm

Fans cheer on the Huskers at Memorial Stadium. (Aaron Sanderford/Nebraska Examiner)

LINCOLN — The long-standing ban on alcohol at University of Nebraska athletic events is to be reconsidered Feb. 11 by the University of Nebraska Board of Regents. 

Under a proposed policy change, the university president and chancellors would be allowed to authorize the sale and consumption of alcohol at athletic events at their respective campuses.

A university press release issued Thursday noted that while a 1999 resolution prohibits alcohol at athletic events on university property, the Regents have approved exceptions on a contract-by-contract basis on multiple campuses and sites. 

NU President Ted Carter said the policy reversal could create consistency across the NU system at a time when alcohol sales have been a frequent topic.

“Opening any university event to alcohol is a question that we will always approach with diligence and care,” Carter said. “Our Board and Administration have thoughtfully explored these issues for years, together with our athletics colleagues, business teams and others. This proposed policy change is a common-sense first step if we ultimately decide to consider alcohol at any additional athletic events.”

The change also would allow alcohol advertising and sponsorships on university property, if given approval by the respective chancellor.

The Feb. 11 meeting agenda calls for consideration of an amendment to its agreement with the CIty of Lincoln for Pinnacle Bank Arena to allow alcohol sales at the Big Ten Wrestling Championships March 5-6.


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