By WVUA 23 reporter Joseph King
University of Alabama fans attending basketball games and gymnastics meets at Coleman Coliseum will soon be able to enjoy a cold beer or a glass of wine while cheering on the Crimson Tide.
It’s a positive decision, some said on Friday.
“Honestly, I think it’s a good step,” said UA student Nicholas Langham. “This university is very involved and a lot of students would benefit from this kind of thing. I think it would help bring some more revenue to Coleman (Coliseum). »
Allowing alcohol sales inside the Colosseum could prevent some of the most avid fans from drinking to excess before reaching the stands, and it could also reduce the number of people who inject alcohol into the venue. stadium, others said.
“It would be a great way for students to (drink alcohol) without any consequences,” Aniyah Fleets-Giles said. “Because he will (be present) despite everything. I think it’s just a great way to take the pressure off student behavior issues.
The potential change comes in the wake of a 2019 SEC ruling allowing the sale of alcohol in stadiums. Concession provider UA Levy Premium Foodservice is seeking an alcohol license from the Tuscaloosa City Council. If approved, the vendor could sell alcohol during Alabama men’s and women’s basketball games, as well as gymnastics competitions.
But Tuscaloosa City Council Speaker Kip Tyner said he had a few questions.
“I want to see exactly what their sales formula is,” Tyner said. “How they are going to carter people. How many drinks will they allow?
Tyner said he recommends the Board consider the potential ramifications of the move before making a final decision.
“Don’t jump to conclusions,” he said. “Don’t listen too much to social media to say it’s already a done deal. I certainly guarantee you with myself, we will examine this to the highest degree.
Council will vote on liquor licenses at its next meeting on February 1st.