UT starting alcohol sales at BYU game in Neyland Stadium

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- UT will implement alcohol sales at Neyland Stadium starting with the BYU game on Saturday, September 7.

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During the summer, a group appointed by Chancellor Donde Plowman has been developing policies and infrastructure to support responsible alcohol sales in accordance with all applicable laws. Throughout this process, the university placed an ardent emphasis on fan experience, safety, and security.

“I appreciate everyone whose efforts have helped us develop what we believe is a comprehensive and responsible plan for alcohol sales at home football games,” UT Director of Athletics Phillip Fulmer said. “The game-day experience at Neyland Stadium is historic and unrivaled, and I’m confident these new concessions options will aid our continued efforts to enhance that experience for Tennessee fans and visitors throughout the stadium.

UT said that Trained and licensed servers will sell beer throughout the stadium at concession stands and kiosks, excluding areas near the student section. Wine also will be sold in the Tennessee Terrace and East and West Clubs. Complimentary water will be available from large “Water Monster” tanks located throughout the concourse.

Beer sales throughout the entire stadium will conclude at the end of the third quarter, and alcohol will not be allowed to leave the stadium. Personnel at the gates will ensure that all cups containing alcohol are poured out and empty as patrons exit the venue.

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A release from UT said the concert, which was scheduled to be held at Thompson-Boling Arena on Aug. 3, would "serve as a pilot to test security and systems put in place."

UT said beer would be sold by trained employees in the arena at concession stands and kiosks and that everyone would be carded, regardless of age. Acceptable forms of identification included valid driver's licenses, military ID cards, passports or government-issued IDs.

The release said a maximum of two alcoholic beverages could be sold per transaction, and the drinks would be poured into clear cups. UT also said sales of alcohol would end 30 minutes before the close of the concert.

Officials were set to patrol the event to "be on the lookout for potential alcohol-related incidents in all areas of the arena," the release said, and a text-message system was in place for concertgoers to request help or report an incident.

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