Beer sales at Hughes Stadium will be temporarily suspended until
Feb. 1, President Larry Penley said Thursday, prompting frustration
from some students.
The decision to ban beer inside of Hughes came just a few days
after it was announced that 5 percent alcohol by volume would
replace the 3.2 percent alcohol by volume beer previously sold at
Penley appointed a university alcohol task force to “look into
binge drinking, underage drinking, fraternity and sorority systems
and the overall culture of the institution as it relates to alcohol
and substance abuse issues,” according to a university press
The suspension will be in effect for Saturday’s football game
against Minnesota and will continue until the alcohol task force
releases its findings report on Feb. 1.
Athletic Director, Mark Driscoll, said the action was needed in
order to let the task force investigate alcohol use without the
distraction of alcohol at football games.
Gary Ozzello, director of media relations, said the decision to
suspend beer sales was not because of the riots or Samantha Spady’s
death, but the distraction beer has had at football games.
“We didn’t want to impede on (the task force’s) progress by
having this as a distraction,” Ozzello said.
Tom Milligan, university spokesman, said the beer sales were
causing problems in the community.
“The issue of the strength of beer at the stadium was becoming a
major distraction,” Milligan said. “It was causing some people in
the community to question our commitment to the task force.”
Milligan said a total prohibition will only be in effect inside
the football stadium, but will not affect tailgating.
The news of beer suspension at Hughes made several students
upset, but they said the decision won’t hinder their drinking
Kevin Chroust, a senior English major, said the beer suspension
would not cause any change in his football-drinking schedule.
“It really doesn’t affect me, because I have never really drank
beer at the games,” Chroust said. “I might bring in a little more
liquor; I bring in a flask to every game.”
Lance Moorman, a freshman business major, said it does not
affect him because of his age, but he understands the feelings of
people it does apply to.
“If they stop selling beer, it’s going to make people bootleg it
in,” Moorman said.
Still, Bobi Stallbaumer, a junior landscape and design major,
said she is more concerned about the university’s loss of money
from not selling beer.
“I understand why they are cracking down on alcohol, but they
are losing money,” Stallbaumer said. “I just think they will lose
Driscoll said the revenue made from beer sales was a secondary
concern to the importance of the task force.
“It’s a factor, but not a big enough factor,” Driscoll said.
Although he could not say how much money would be lost due to
the suspension, Driscoll said the beer sales were “way less than
Driscoll said the decision is up to the task force if beer will
be sold at Hughes again and it is “speculative” whether the beer
will be 5 percent or 3.2 percent, if beer is allowed back inside
“We’re not saying that beer sales at the stadium were the
problem,” Milligan said. “We need to create an environment where
the task force can succeed.”