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NU Regents to consider alcohol at Husker Basketball home games

Posted at 8:58 AM, Sep 22, 2022

LINCOLN, Neb. (KMTV) — Nebraska Regents will soon decide whether to allow alcohol sales at Husker basketball games this season.

The item is listed up for a vote on the agenda for a NU Regents meeting slated for September 30.

In February, Regents opened the door to allowing alcohol at Husker sporting events. They ended a 23-year-old policy banning booze at events. They also allowed it at the Big Ten Wrestling Championships at Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln.

At the time, President Ted Carter said they would only expand alcohol if he, the university chancellors and the Board of Regents, all agree selling booze makes sense financially, is in the best interest of fans and the university, and they have safety protocols in place.

“I think when you add it all up this is still going to benefit the greater majority of fans that would like to have a beer at a basketball game.”

Carter noted there will be checks and balances and that NU won’t make hardly any money in doing this, with 90% of the revenue going to the city of Lincoln. Carter said it’s about upgrading the in-game fan experience.

“We care about them and we care about their future and what will make the venues the most attractive and enjoyable for them,” said Carter.

He said no other sports are being considered at this time and because PBA already sells alcohol at concerts, it makes sense.

“This is kind of a crawl, walk, run to see how it works in a venue that knows how to do it.”

Carter also expressed he wanted consistency across NU campuses, as alcohol has flowed at Maverick Hockey games for years.

“What this proposal will do is create consistency and flexibility for us to move forward when and if we decide to do so,” said Carter at the February meeting.

Alcohol is already sold at Pinnacle Bank Arena for concerts and other events.

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