LINCOLN, Neb. (KOLN) — The Nebraska Board of Regents voted unanimously on Friday to authorize chancellors and presidents of the University of Nebraska system to permit the sale of alcohol at sporting events.
The vote overturns a policy put in place in 1999 to not allow alcohol sales at Nebraska sporting events.
There was discussion at the Board of Regents meeting on Friday ahead of the vote, but the change does not mean alcohol will immediately be sold at events.
The first event approved by the Board of Regents to have alcohol sales is the Big Ten Wrestling Championships at Pinnacle Bank Arena, scheduled for March 5-6.
NU President Ted Carter said Friday liquor sales at Memorial Stadium will not take place this fall.
“Opening up our events to alcohol would only be a decision after looking at all parts of the equation, ‘Is there a business case for this?’ “Are there appropriate security protocols and infrastructure?” “Is it in the best interest of our fans?” “Is it in the interests of the University of Nebraska?” said President Carter.
“We are not going to rush decisions. Most of the questions that came to mind are whether we might see alcohol at Memorial Stadium. We don’t have an answer for you at this time. What I can tell you is that it won’t be this fall.“
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