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Minnesota closing in on beer sales during games

Minnesota is the latest school to propose beer sales at college football games, and if passed would make them the first school in the Big Ten to offer beer to fans in general admission seating.

A few years ago, the University proposed selling alcohol at games in the suites. State lawmakers weren't crazy about the idea so they passed legislation that tied liquor sales in the premier seating to a requirement that one third of the general seating population of age also has alcohol available to them.

The two sides recently reached a compromise that would restrict beer sales within a designated beer garden inside the stadium to fans in general seating, and the suites would also sell alcohol.

The compromise passed the in Senate by an impressive 58-4 vote and will now make it's way to the House and then Governor Mark Dayton's desk, and finally the Board of Regents for approval.

Regents chairwoman Linda Cohen is excited about the new compromise and thinks it will bring some much needed revenue to the football program. "Having the availability of liquor sold in those suites makes them more attractive to corporations and allows us to sell more of the suites at a higher rate, and [that] helps the athletic budget. It came down to that this would help the athletic program a great deal, and it seemed to be a reasonable solution."

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