Beer sales at TCF Bank Stadium means Gophers football finally leads Big Ten in something

The Minnesota Gophers football team is finally first in the Big Ten!

No, not in the standings, silly. That's preposterous. But the Gophers are the first team in the conference to allow alcohol sales at their stadium.

Earlier this week, legislators voted overwhelmingly in favor of a bill allowing beer and alcohol to be sold from designated beer gardens around TCF Bank Stadium through halftime. Those rich fortunate enough to have suites will be able to purchase booze from the comfort of their luxury box.

Adding alcohol sales should help the U of M generate more revenue from home Gophers' football games. Former athletics director Joel Maturi said suite leasers were offered between 10- and 20-percent discounts because they couldn't imbibe while watching the Gophers lose play.

Another benefit -- University Board of Regents Chair Linda Cohen said she hopes allowing alcohol sales during games will curb some of the binge drinking that takes place before kickoff.

Gov. Dayton said he'll sign the bill, meaning all that will stand between U of M football fans and a cold beer on gameday is about $7 and the dozen or so college students ahead of them in line.

-- Hat tip to A.V. Club Twin Cities for the headline.

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