Cheers, Longhorns fans.
University of Texas officials have gotten all the necessary approvals to serve beer and wine at football games this fall at Royal-Memorial Stadium, the school announced Wednesday afternoon.
Texas athletic director Steve Patterson pushed to get alcohol sales approved last year, but then-UT Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa nixed the idea, saying more study on safety protocols was required.
“Fan safety and enjoyment remains our number one priority as we work through the process of expanding beer and wine sales into all seating areas of the stadium,” Patterson said in a statement. “During our extensive pilot, we found fans and staff handled the situation responsibly and we had no negative issues or situations. We will continue to monitor the service closely.”
Alcohol wasn’t sold at public concession stands until the end of the 2013-14 basketball regular season and during the spring sporting events. Beer was sold at all men’s and women’s basketball games during the 2014-15 season. Several UT officials said over the months that followed campus police reported few incidents.
New UT President Greg Fenves said he fully supported beer sales at his introductory news conference earlier this month. However at that time, new UT Chancellor Bill McRaven still had not given his final seal of approval.