Of course students drink before attending football games, either during the pregame in someone's apartment or at the tailgating party. But now, it looks like more colleges are making it possible for students and fans to drink during the games.
According to the Associated Press (via The Huffington Post), there are 21 on-campus football stadiums—North Texas, SMU and Troy University to name a few—that sell beer to fans who are legally of age. Five years ago, that number was less than half.
Obviously, selling alcohol at football games could bring in more revenue to colleges, especially those schools outside the Power 5 conferences that have a hard time attracting fans to the games.
And surprisingly, selling alcohol to fans at games can actually result in better fan behavior.
One Troy football season ticket holder said he sees worse behavior at stadiums that don't sell alcohol, and at West Virginia, campus police have reported a sharp decline in alcohol-related incidents at Mountaineer Field.
Still, there's an argument to be said against selling alcohol at collegiate football games, where many students are below the legal age of 21. "Kids are watching adults all the time. If they see the only way to have fun is to drink a lot, then they're going to model after that," said Jan Withers, national president of Mothers Against Drunk Driving. "That's not the message we want to be sending to them."
But the reality is students (including those under 21) are already drinking while in college, so would selling alcohol at games really influence them? The "damage" has already been done, so to speak.
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