Fans at Fal­con Sta­dium will be able to buy beer, wine

The Denver Post - - SPORTS - By Kyle Fredrick­son

Air Force is join­ing a trend among col­lege foot­ball pro­grams na­tion­wide by al­low­ing beer and wine to be sold to fans at­tend­ing games at Fal­con Sta­dium.

Cash-only pur­chases will be al­lowed one hour be­fore open­ing kick­off through the mid­point of the third quar­ter, the acad­emy an­nounced Thurs­day.

Cus­tomers will be lim­ited to two bev­er­ages at each point of sale, avail­able in­side Gate 5 and Gate 6 above sec­tions M1 and M15, and fans can re­turn to their seats with those bev­er­ages.

Cadets, cadet can­di­dates, any­one in mil­i­tary uni­form or any­one with­out proper pic­ture/age iden­ti­fi­ca­tion won’t be al­lowed to pur­chase beer or wine.

“We started a fan-en­gage­ment com­mit­tee two years ago and one of the de­sired im­prove­ments was to of­fer al­co­hol in a con­trolled set­ting at games,” Air Force ath­letic di­rec­tor Jim Knowl­ton said in a news re­lease. “We have worked hard with our team­mates on base to en­sure we have best prac­tices in place to keep Fal­con Sta­dium a fam­ily-friendly en­vi­ron­ment. We are con­fi­dent we can do this re­spon­si­bly and suc­cess­fully and add to the fan ex­pe­ri­ence.”

The preva­lence of al­co­hol sales to fans at col­lege foot­ball games has risen in re­cent years, with more than one-quar­ter of the Foot­ball Bowl Sub­di­vi­sion, about 40 schools, of­fer­ing at least beer, ac­cord­ing to a June re­port by CBS Sports. Many of those schools have de­vel­oped vi­tal rev­enue streams from those sales — in­clud­ing Texas, which to­taled $3.1 mil­lion last year over just six home games.

Air Force will be first among the three ser­vice acad­e­mies to of­fer al­co­hol sales to the pub­lic at foot­ball games. Army and Navy re­strict such sales to their pre­mium seat­ing, a sim­i­lar pol­icy uti­lized by the Univer­sity of Colorado. Colorado State will of­fer pub­lic sales of beer at its new on­cam­pus sta­dium.

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