UN Board of Regents to discuss alcohol policy changes

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LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – The University of Nebraska Board of Regents is set to discuss policy changes related to the sale and consumption of alcohol at athletic events.

Under the proposed change, the university president and chancellors would be permitted to authorize the sale and consumption of alcohol at athletic events on their respective campuses.

“Opening any university event to alcohol is a question that we will always approach with diligence and care,” said NU System President Ted Carter. “Our Board and administration have thoughtfully explored these issues for years, together with our athletics colleagues, business teams, and others. This proposed policy change is a common-sense first step if we ultimately decide to consider alcohol at any additional athletic events.”

According to their upcoming meeting agenda, consideration for the policy change will be the first item up for discussion on Feb. 11.

The proposed policy change would permit alcohol advertising and sponsorships on university property with approval.

The Board will also consider an amendment to its agreement with the City of Lincoln under the operation of Pinnacle Bank Arena to allow alcohol sales at the Big Ten Wrestling Championships on March 5 and 6, 2022.

“I want to be clear that beyond the Big Ten Wrestling Championships, we are not currently considering any proposals to introduce alcohol at University of Nebraska athletic events, including Husker football, basketball, or baseball games. Any decision in that respect would come only after the respective chancellor and I have carefully considered the economic case, the impact on the fan experience, and what’s in the best overall interests of the University of Nebraska.”

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