Beer sales at TCF Bank Stadium means Gophers football finally leads Big Ten in something

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Gophers football fans will no longer have to suffer through games without booze.
The Minnesota Gophers football team is finally first in the Big Ten!

No, not in the standings, silly. That's preposterous. But the Gophers are the first team in the conference to allow alcohol sales at their stadium.

Earlier this week, legislators voted overwhelmingly in favor of a bill allowing beer and alcohol to be sold from designated beer gardens around TCF Bank Stadium through halftime. Those rich fortunate enough to have suites will be able to purchase booze from the comfort of their luxury box.

Adding alcohol sales should help the U of M generate more revenue from home Gophers' football games. Former athletics director Joel Maturi said suite leasers were offered between 10- and 20-percent discounts because they couldn't imbibe while watching the Gophers lose play.

Another benefit -- University Board of Regents Chair Linda Cohen said she hopes allowing alcohol sales during games will curb some of the binge drinking that takes place before kickoff.

Gov. Dayton said he'll sign the bill, meaning all that will stand between U of M football fans and a cold beer on gameday is about $7 and the dozen or so college students ahead of them in line.

-- Hat tip to A.V. Club Twin Cities for the headline.

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Kirk the Conservative Jerk
Kirk the Conservative Jerk

Why is that I have to follow 15-20 media links before I could find a bill number or in this case a bill author?The original bill is H.F. No. 2784The bill description is - "Liquor regulations modified, and liquor licenses authorized"The bill authors are:Representative Joe Hoppe (R) District: 34B (call and thank him)andRepresentative Joe Atkins (DFL) District: 39B  (call and thank him)

Much of this bill has nothing to do with alcohol sales at TCF stadium it has to do with "wine".  Listening to the media, you would never know that.

Here is a brief summary of the sections of the bill. (notice the only section that addresses to stadium issue is - section 3)Section 1. Bulk wine.Sec. 2.  Agricultural land.Sec. 3.  Publicly owned recreation; entertainment facilities.Sec. 4.  Wine festivalSec. 5.  WINE EDUCATOR; ON-SALE LICENSESec. 6.  Exclusive liquor stores.Sec. 7.  Tastings.Sec. 8.  WINNEBAGO EXEMPTION; OUT-OF-STATE CRAFT BREWER.Sec. 9.  ON-SALE LICENSE AUTHORIZED.Sec. 10. SPECIAL PROVISION; CITY OF MINNEAPOLIS.Sec. 11. EXPIRATION. 

My question is; why is this stuff so hard to find when written about in the media?Are they intentionally trying to filter data?Do they think we are too stupid to understand it in context?

Mike W.
Mike W.

I've noticed in many other media outlets also do not put in house or senate file numbers.  With those so easily accessible on the legislature's web site, a simple parenthetical reference, ex - (HF 1086), would be great for those of us who really want to see the details. For web site, a link would be easy to do and definitely assist their readers.  Just a thought. :-)

Brockkrasmussen
Brockkrasmussen

It should be noted that they would be the 5th in the Big Ten to sell booze at their stadium- first to sell it stadium wide.

Dd
Dd

whats with the L?

Devon Bradford
Devon Bradford

"Golphers?"

Carl Spackler
Carl Spackler

Correct me if I'm wrong, Sandy, but if I kill all the golphers, they'll lock me up and throw away the key.

atrupar
atrupar

Fixed. I have absolutely no idea why I thought there was an "l" in there. Doubly egregious since I'm a U of M alum. I guess I'll just blame it on the education I received there. In any event, thanks for pointing that out. 

Devon Bradford
Devon Bradford

I had figured a corrupted spelling made it into your spell-check dictionary.  But I guess its time to check if the U of M is offering refunds ;) heheh

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