NU Board of Regents approves alcohol sales at Husker basketball games

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – The Nebraska Board of Regents voted unanimously Friday to allow the sale of alcoholic beverages at Husker basketball games.

Notably, this does not include Memorial Stadium, and there are currently no proposals for that to happen.

Alcohol sales will be available at Pinnacle Bank Arena for the upcoming 2022-23 men’s and women’s basketball seasons.

Regents shared their thoughts on the proposal before voting on it, with many saying it will enhance the fans’ experience.

“It’s a good move whenever we can treat adults as adults, Regent Robert Schafer said. “And if somebody wants to go to a ballgame and have a beer, let’s give that a shot and see what happens.”

Some concerns about safety were brought up during the public comment section of the meeting.

“I have never seen anything positive come out of a bottle or can of alcohol,” David Fulton said. “Adding alcohol to university events will make them much, much less family friendly.”

Officials addressed these concerns, saying this would be a controlled environment for a two-year trial of alcohol at sporting events.

“This has not been done without some serious thought, without consulting with experts on the topic,” Student Regent Tori Sims said. “Allowing people access in a responsible way, in a controlled environment, that’s one of the safest things we can do for our students and our community.”

UNL Chancellor Ronnie Green said UNO has been able to handle serving alcohol at sporting events for years, and he feels very comfortable with moving this proposal forward as a pilot program over the next couple of years.

In March, alcohol was sold for the first time at a Husker athletic event.

The regents voted to allow alcohol sales at the Big Ten Wrestling Championship at PBA.

SEE ALSO: Alcohol sold at Pinnacle Bank Arena for Big Ten wrestling championship

During Friday’s meeting, the Board of Regents also voted to approve the 15-year multimedia rights agreement with Playfly Sports Properties, worth $300 million.

NU President Ted Carter also announced that the application fee for undergraduate admissions would be waived through the end of October.

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