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WVU sees negative fan feedback on beer sales

Posted on: May 17, 2011 12:05 pm
Edited on: May 17, 2011 12:18 pm
Posted by Chip Patterson

West Virginia athletic director Oliver Luck (pictured) has had a particularly busy offseason.  From advising his son to return to Stanford to bringing in Dana Holgorsen as the face of the future for West Virginia football, Luck has had a hand in some of the biggest offseason headlines.  But one of Luck's goals at West Virginia has yet to be accomplished: introducing beer sales at Mountaineer football games.  

Luck introduced the idea to the Board of Governors in April, believing that allowing and controlling beer sales will help limit fan intoxication.  If fans are allowed to buy beer in the games, Luck believes that there will be less binge drinking directly before the game and fans will be less likely to sneak in airplane bottles.

The Board of Governors opened up a 30-day window for West Virginia fans to comment on the proposed idea - the reaction was overwhelmingly negative.

According to the Charleston Daily Mail, more than two-thirds of the 326 posted comments opposed Luck's idea of allowing controlled beer sales.  Fans cited an already unruly stadium, and questioned the school's ability to control the behavior.  Some fans have said the situation is already out of control with alcohol, with one fan metioning that she sees entire fifths of liquor snuck into her section.  One fan accused Luck of profiting off an already present alcohol environment, while others threathened to cancel season tickets or suspend donations if the plan is put in action.

In principle, Luck's idea is not that far-fetched.  Professional stadiums, and more than 30 NCAA schools, have been selling beer at events for some time - yet do not have binge drinking associated with the sport like college football does.  When you have to purchase beers (usually domestic, with lower alcohol content) from a concession stand, the amount of alcohol consumed over the course of a game is much less than sneaking in mini-bottles or larger amounts of liquor.  The problem is the message that it sends to the community: that West Virginia approves of alcohol consumption.  There are university communities that can get over that message and understand the logistical argument, but West Virginia is clearly not to that point yet.

All of the comments posted by West Virginia fans can be found here, on the Board of Governors official site

Since: Nov 29, 2010
Posted on: May 18, 2011 2:58 pm

WVU sees negative fan feedback on beer sales

How do you plan on enforcing a ban from sporting events? Start requiring SSN on tickets?

Since: Dec 3, 2006
Posted on: May 18, 2011 12:53 pm

WVU sees negative fan feedback on beer sales

Are you serious?   "more than they bargin for?"    Bring your asses on up to Morgantown if you want.  Don't underestimate WVU fans.

Don't mistake what I said.  I don't underestimate that WVY fans can party for a town and school of their size.  But most of the results that we hear about realated to that partying is the arson and vandalism.  Not very impressive, if you ask me.  However, what I am referring to is the volume of alcohol that will flow that you are not prepared for, if enough LSU fans make the trip north.  Many have heard these warnings but few believe until it happens to them.

This may be the most hostile envirment in college football. 

Is this your first attempt at comedy?  Might want to work on it a bit more before you try again.

Since: Oct 19, 2007
Posted on: May 18, 2011 11:58 am

WVU sees negative fan feedback on beer sales

This is america and a responsible adult should be able to by a beer at a football game on a Saturday afternoon if he wants. and thats all that should be considered. plain an simple

Since: Nov 30, 2008
Posted on: May 18, 2011 9:31 am

WVU sees negative fan feedback on beer sales

I personally don't care either way about the outcome of the beer-sales talks at the WVU campus.  But I AM kinda surprised that the feedback was overwhelmingly against the idea.  Granted, there were only 326 responses and "more than two-thirds" was against the idea.  The Charleston Daily Mail put up a "questionnaire" or poll about whether or not beer should be served at Morgantown while a game is in-progress.  The article or poll was online for 30 days and they only got 326 replies?  That's it?  My guess is that the article never TRULY saw the light of day (in other wordsm it was buried so deep in the website that it reached NO one,) or the responses are fake.  I'm pretty sure the first scenario is likely.  Still, only two-thirds of 326 people saying "no" in a completely unscientific poll should NOT be used as any kind of "actual" or factual data to be used when making this decision. 

Since: Sep 20, 2008
Posted on: May 18, 2011 12:30 am
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Since: Jul 29, 2009
Posted on: May 18, 2011 12:18 am

WVU sees negative fan feedback on beer sales

Come on Lucky; having beer and hard liqour available inside the stadium is a great idea! I love the qoute from one female Mountaineer fan that she witnessed fifths of Turkey and Jack being in the sedate WV stands. I propose putting all the drunks in Morgantown in the North end zone and let the mayhem begin. Personally; I prefer a 5th of schnapps as my alcohol of choice when attending a venue that can't sustain my buzz from the parking lot. I applaud West Virginia for getting out ahead of this growing "problem".

Since: Dec 3, 2006
Posted on: May 17, 2011 11:24 pm

WVU sees negative fan feedback on beer sales

I don't know if WV fans are behind this (sounds like they aren't), but I bet LSU fans are.  If they do sell it, they will likely make a ton on Sept. 24.  As a matter of fact, they will likely sell out and not because of the WV fans.  They might end up with more than they bargain for.

Since: May 17, 2011
Posted on: May 17, 2011 8:49 pm

WVU sees negative fan feedback on beer sales

Since: Jul 17, 2008
Posted on: May 17, 2011 8:20 pm

WVU sees negative fan feedback on beer sales

Luck is right, I think it is stupid that most college stadiums dont sell beer.  Come on if there are some dirtballs who get drunk just ban then from any other games.  Its simple, lets get rid of the stupid losers and let the real fans enjoy a beer and a dog at a game.

Since: May 15, 2009
Posted on: May 17, 2011 7:08 pm

WVU sees negative fan feedback on beer sales

Do they still allow couch burning?

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