Pro-rink not on a college campus. Ever been to a Frozen Four before? How about a game played in an NHL teams facility?
How were they able to serve beer in St. Paul? I had never seen that before?
My guess, somebody finally got the NC$$ to realize that they can make much more $$$$ allowing alcohol sales.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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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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.
Beer stands were closed in Sioux Falls this year.
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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