Which Massive Ten Colleges Promote Beer and Alcohol at Dwelling Soccer Video games?
More and more Big Ten universities are choosing to sell alcohol to the general public at soccer games.
The University of Iowa is now the newest.
On Thursday, the Iowa Athletic Department announced the decision to sell beer and wine at Kinnick Stadium for the coming season. In addition, fans can purchase alcohol at other sports venues such as Carver-Hawkeye Arena, Duane Banks Field, and Bob Pearl Field.
“While there is an opportunity for increased revenue, this decision is based on improving the fan experience and adding extra convenience to our fans,” said Gary Barta, Athletic Director of the University of Iowa, in a press release.
It’s a pilot program, so no promises have been made for alcohol sales after 2021, but for now, fans are finally getting their wish, which begs the question: At which Big Ten schools can you buy a beer at a football game?
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Which big ten schools sell alcohol at soccer games?
Iowa’s announcement makes Kinnick the eighth Big Ten football stadium to sell alcoholic beverages to the general public.
Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Ohio State, Purdue, Rutgers, and Minnesota are the other seven schools within the conference that sell beer and wine during home soccer games. Indiana was the last school to take the plunge and announced the decision in April 2019.
According to the University of Iowa Athletics press release, about half of Power 5 conference schools will be selling alcohol at their home football games this coming season.
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Which Big Ten Schools Don’t Sell Alcohol at Soccer Games?
Michigan, Michigan State, Nebraska, Northwestern, Penn State, and Wisconsin are the remaining Big Ten schools that don’t sell alcohol to the general public during soccer games.
There’s no specific timeframe for when or if these programs will follow Iowa’s lead, but nothing is off the table, as Nebraska Sporting Director Bill Moss suggested in May.
“(Home game alcohol sales) is not on the table right now,” he said during his monthly appearance on Sports Nightly radio show. “… I’m not ruling it out, but it’s not in the foreground as we speak.”
Adam Hensley is a digital producer on the USA Today Network. You can follow him on Twitter @ A_Hens83.