The Board of Trustees at Akron voted on Wednesday to modify the Universities alcohol policy to allow beer sales during football games.
"Based on feedback we have received from our season ticket holders and the student body, we believe this is something that will enhance the game-day experience and likely will attract new fans as well. We look forward to those who are of age having the opportunity to enjoy an adult beverage in a safe and responsible manner at Zips home football games." Akron Director of Athletics Tom Wistrcill said of the new policy.
Minnesota and Arizona are two of the latest schools to propose alchohol sales at games. For a look at how to do it successfully, take a look at West Virginia, who made a net profit of $250,000 through their first three games (and over $500,000 for the season) selling beer inside the stadium. The LSU game alone saw them sell 36,000 beers.
The new policy will force those wishing to buy alcohol to buy a wristband at a separate stand and limits beers to two per person each transaction. The policy will also feature and establish a new designated driver program.
The new policy will kick off on August 30th, a Thursday, when Terry Bowden and the Zips kick the season off against Central Florida.