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    How were they aable to serve beer in St. Paul?

    How were they able to serve beer in St. Paul? I had never seen that before?

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    Pro-rink not on a college campus. Ever been to a Frozen Four before? How about a game played in an NHL teams facility?
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    Quote Originally Posted by UMICH View Post
    Pro-rink not on a college campus. Ever been to a Frozen Four before?
    Wrong, pigeon. Prior Frozen Four's, alcohol was ONLY available in suites, not to the whole stadium. Philly MAY have been their "club" level, can't remember for sure where I was for that one, if it was considered a suite or club.

    My guess, somebody finally got the NC$$ to realize that they can make much more $$$$ allowing alcohol sales.

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    Wrong, pigeon. Prior Frozen Four's, alcohol was ONLY available in suites, not to the whole stadium. Philly MAY have been their "club" level, can't remember for sure where I was for that one, if it was considered a suite or club.

    My guess, somebody finally got the NC$$ to realize that they can make much more $$$$ allowing alcohol sales.
    Really? Wow, my bad. I'll be honest, this was my first Frozen Four but I am shocked that they didn't serve beer before. All of the games that I had went to for decades prior that were held in NHL buildings served beer. So this was new this year? I can't believe it. As for the NCAA making more money all of the concession sales go to the arena. I suppose it is possible that the facility gives the NCAA a percentage but still.

    I just have a hard time believing that The Frozen Four just started selling beer. If it was held on a campus site yes I agree but when was the last time that it was on a college campus?
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    Hockeyplayer15 is right. I was not at the Frozen Four in St Paul this year but I went in 2011 and I've been to several regionals the past decade and they have never sold beer at any of those events. I can also confirm that they don't sell it at the bouncy ball tournament games.

    So ya, I am not sure how they were able to do it in St Paul.

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    Because the NCAA changed its policy on alcohol sales. Here are two articles I found when I Googled it: You Could Be Sipping on Beer and Wine at the NCAA Final Four as Soon as Next Season and NCAA rule changes may lead to beer, wine sales at finals events in Detroit. The Crain's article is interesting because it mentions how much OSU made selling beer at home football games.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sean Pickett View Post
    Because the NCAA changed its policy on alcohol sales. Here are two articles I found when I Googled it: You Could Be Sipping on Beer and Wine at the NCAA Final Four as Soon as Next Season and NCAA rule changes may lead to beer, wine sales at finals events in Detroit. The Crain's article is interesting because it mentions how much OSU made selling beer at home football games.

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    I'm assuming this is just finals, seeing as they weren't serving alcohol at the Sweet Sixteen or Elite Eight in Boston this year. Unless they made the decision final in the two weeks between then and the Frozen Four.

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    Back in the days when UNH was a participant in the NCAAs, there were never alcohol sales inside any of the arenas for several FF's and regionals that I attended, which was a boon for the local watering holes nearby the arenas. In contrast, the Hockey East tournament at the Gahden always had alcohol, for a price.

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    I'm assuming this is just finals, seeing as they weren't serving alcohol at the Sweet Sixteen or Elite Eight in Boston this year. Unless they made the decision final in the two weeks between then and the Frozen Four.
    Same thing with the Beanpot. It is (or maybe was) an NCAA-sponsored tournament issue.

    Personally, I'm glad to see it. I actually supported it at one time, because I thought it was a minor inconvenience that made sure that you wouldn't have a bunch of drunks sitting behind you. Also it use to me separate admission, so that if you wanted to, you could go grab a beer between games. But with the current setup, where you either can't leave the arena, and/or there isn't time, and you pretty much have to eat in the arena, it's a much bigger deal.

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    I'm assuming this is just finals, seeing as they weren't serving alcohol at the Sweet Sixteen or Elite Eight in Boston this year. Unless they made the decision final in the two weeks between then and the Frozen Four.
    According to the Food & Wine article "Late last month, the NCAA’s Board of Governors rescinded its policy banning alcohol sales at NCAA-sanctioned postseason events". From this I would have to believe that regionals are included in the change.

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    Re: How were they aable to serve beer in St. Paul?

    Quote Originally Posted by Sean Pickett View Post
    According to the Food & Wine article "Late last month, the NCAA’s Board of Governors rescinded its policy banning alcohol sales at NCAA-sanctioned postseason events". From this I would have to believe that regionals are included in the change.

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    Well they weren't this season, neither Worcester nor Boston (men's hoops) was selling alcohol. I would've thought the Garden would've jumped on that opportunity, maybe there was an issue with the logistics of it but I can't imagine any reason why they couldn't have opened the beerstands

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sean Pickett View Post
    According to the Food & Wine article "Late last month, the NCAA’s Board of Governors rescinded its policy banning alcohol sales at NCAA-sanctioned postseason events". From this I would have to believe that regionals are included in the change.

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    Didn't pay close attention in Worcester, and I never used the concessions, but I'm pretty sure that beer wasn't being sold. Could have been expectation bias, but I'm pretty sure that I would have noticed.

    Regarding the money aspect, I suspect that's a secondary thing. I don't know for sure, but I doubt that the NCAA gets a bite of the concessions. On the other hand, the venues might be willing to bid more (or bid at all) if they're going to make more money on beer sales. The NHL team is taking a hit already, because that means that it's sacrificing home dates at a crucial time of the NHL schedule.

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    Re: How were they aable to serve beer in St. Paul?

    Beer stands were closed in Sioux Falls this year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CLS View Post
    The NHL team is taking a hit already, because that means that it's sacrificing home dates at a crucial time of the NHL schedule.
    I'm not sure I entirely agree with this. Sure, they don't close the season out at home, but they still got those home games, likely the week prior. That's still a crucial time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CLS View Post
    Same thing with the Beanpot. It is (or maybe was) an NCAA-sponsored tournament issue.

    Personally, I'm glad to see it. I actually supported it at one time, because I thought it was a minor inconvenience that made sure that you wouldn't have a bunch of drunks sitting behind you. Also it use to me separate admission, so that if you wanted to, you could go grab a beer between games. But with the current setup, where you either can't leave the arena, and/or there isn't time, and you pretty much have to eat in the arena, it's a much bigger deal.
    They sell alcohol at the Beanpot and Hockey East.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CLS View Post
    Didn't pay close attention in Worcester, and I never used the concessions, but I'm pretty sure that beer wasn't being sold...
    I was in Wustah and neither beer nor any other alcoholic beverages were being sold, so far as I could tell.

    Speaking only for myself, while I do like my beer (Sam, please) and have an affection for bourbon (make it Maker's) I really can't get particularly exercised over whether or not beer and other adult beverages are sold at college sports events. Unless you're way out in the hinterlands, there are almost always a few watering holes within easy reach of the arenas to quench your pre- and post-game thirsts, and I'm frankly not crazy about hordes of immature college kids (I used to be one) getting drunked-up and killing the legitimate fun.
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    Quote Originally Posted by walrus655321 View Post
    Well they weren't this season, neither Worcester nor Boston (men's hoops) was selling alcohol. I would've thought the Garden would've jumped on that opportunity, maybe there was an issue with the logistics of it but I can't imagine any reason why they couldn't have opened the beerstands
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    Because the NCAA changed its policy on alcohol sales. Here are two articles I found when I Googled it: You Could Be Sipping on Beer and Wine at the NCAA Final Four as Soon as Next Season and NCAA rule changes may lead to beer, wine sales at finals events in Detroit. The Crain's article is interesting because it mentions how much OSU made selling beer at home football games.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tater View Post
    They sell alcohol at the Beanpot and Hockey East.
    Agree. I was responding to the post that noted that they sold beer at the HE tournament. The alcohol prohibition applies/applied to NCAA sponsored tournaments, not necessarily to tournaments sponsored by non-NCAA entities that had NCAA participants.

    Quote Originally Posted by Split-N View Post
    ... Unless you're way out in the hinterlands, there are almost always a few watering holes within easy reach of the arenas to quench your pre- and post-game thirsts, and I'm frankly not crazy about hordes of immature college kids (I used to be one) getting drunked-up and killing the legitimate fun.
    I used to feel that way about the college kids, but I don't any more. For one thing, as you point out there are generally places to drink pre-game. The crowd at both the regionals and more so the finals are mostly middle aged, and there are a lot of families. I've been to regular season games hockey games at home rinks in which the students were a majority of the crowd, and never had my experience remotely affected by drunk college kids. And with the exorbitant prices at the Garden, you better come with a lot of money if you want to get drunked-up.

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