University of Texas System Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa said Thursday he will not approve beer and wine sales at Royal-Memorial Stadium this fall. It doesn’t appear anyone can change his mind, either.
“Not going there,” Cigarroa told the American-Statesman. The comments came after a UT System Board of Regents meeting. “I mean, we’re not going to do it this year.
“(UT President) Bill Powers and I agreed that we really needed more of an experience of selling beer and wine at our basketball games, baseball and track and field.”
Texas athletic director Steve Patterson always said selling alcohol at some events in the spring was something of a test. Athletic department officials got beer sales approved for one women’s and one men’s basketball game at the tail end of the regular season. Beer sales were also approved midway through the baseball season.
However, beer sales were not approved at the concession stands for the spring football game inside Royal-Memorial Stadium. It was widely assumed that beer sales would be approved for the fall, though. Cigarroa left no doubt that won’t be the case.
Cigarroa mentioned the limited alcohol sales at two basketball games, and “there were no adverse incidents and all. But before we expand this to the football stadium, I wanted to make sure that we had more data and that we weren’t rushed into it so much. So we elected to postpone that action this year and revisit it this year.”
Read more comments from Texas chancellor Francisco Cigarroa in Friday’s American-Statesman.
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