U of M Regents spike stadium booze bill compromise

TCF Bank Stadium will remain a booze-free football field for the time being.

Rather than adopt a compromise approved in the Minnesota Legislature that would have allowed alcohol sales in the most expensive seating areas at TCF Bank Stadium, along with some of the general admission seats, the University of Minnesota Board of Regents said thanks, but no thanks on Friday.

The U wants booze sales to be the exclusive privilege of its highest-paying stadium ticket holders. State Sen. Sandy Pappas introduced a bill in March that would have made that arrangement possible.

By the time the bill traveled through the legislative sausage-making machine, the final version allowed for alcohol sales in in other areas as decided by the university.

No other Big 10 university campus allows alcohol to be sold in general admission seats.

"The university did not seek out this legislative change and has been very clear that it was never our intent to provide alcohol in the general seating areas of our athletic venues," university President Bob Bruininks said.

University boosters told the Star Tribune they expected that, in the end, the Legislature will eventually come around to the university's point of view.

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