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Cheers! Texas confirms beer sales for spring sporting events

Posted February 27th, 2014

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Moralists will wring their hands while sports fans shout hallelujah. Texas formally announced on Thursday that beer and wine will be served at spring sporting events, starting with Friday’s softball double-header at Red McCombs Field.

Alcohol will be served at the remaining men’s and women’s basketball games at the Erwin Center. Softball fans and baseball fans at UFCU Disch-Falk Field will be able to purchase bottled beers for $8 each.

Beer will also be served in the fan fest area at the Texas Relays. As previously reported by the American-Statesman, beer and wine will not be served in the concession stands during the Texas spring game on April 19 at Royal-Memorial Stadium.

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Patterson called it a “trial” at the spring sporting events. “We could look into expanding it for other sports events next fall provided the outcome of the trial is positive,” Patterson said in a statement.

In determining whether to proceed this fall, the school will consider input from the UT police department, Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission and Sodexho Sports, which manages the concessions.

The American-Statesman reported Tuesday that alcohol sales were imminent, and it was thought beer sales would start with that night’s women’s game. But those plans were held up until UT Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa could approve the final details.

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