Cal Poly is considering when and how it will allow the sale of beer and wine at university sporting events now that a 12-year prohibition on such sales has been lifted.
In a June 30 memo, California State University Chancellor Tim White issued Executive Order 1109 rescinding the ban.
“It is recognized that many of the students within the CSU, as well as faculty, staff and guests, are of legal drinking age and use alcohol responsibly. For that reason, it is consistent with our systemwide policy to allow for the sale and advertising of alcoholic beverages as long as it is done legally and within guidelines that promote responsible use,” White wrote in the memo.
The order allows each university in the CSU system to decide for itself whether to allow sales. Fresno State University is developing a policy for such sales, according to the Fresno Bee.
At Cal Poly, spokesman Matt Lazier said the university is still considering how alcohol might be sold at sporting events.
“Athletics is reviewing this information now and determining what venues and events would be feasible to provide this option,” he said in a statement. “Only beer and wine sales are under consideration at this time. The timeline is to make these determinations as quickly as possible while ensuring that any decisions are in line with university goals and policies and with expectations of the CSU system.”
Lazier said the university has received many requests for alcohol sales at sporting events through the years. Cal Poly has allowed alcohol sales at select events in the past, including the Poly Royal Rodeo. Beer is also served at the Stampede Club tailgate barbecue before football games and in the Krukow’s Klubhouse area at baseball games.
While it would be unlikely for Cal Poly as a whole to require an expanded police presence at events where alcohol is sold, Lazier wrote that “Athletics would pursue added security at events with alcohol sales.”
At Fresno State University, the plan under discussion by athletic department officials would limit beer sales and consumption at football games to certain locations in Bulldog Stadium. There would be no such restrictions at baseball and softball games, the Bee reports.
CBS Sports reports that while attendance at college sporting events nationwide is going down, sales of alcohol, where allowed, are going up.
“This fall, approximately 40 schools will offer beer (at least) to the general public at their college football stadiums. Several more schools are considering joining the party,” CBS Sports reported.