The San Marcos City Council is mulling over whether or not to ban alcohol in city parks. However, boozing Bobcats may find a safe haven for alcohol consumption at Texas State sporting events in the near future.
According to an April 24 University Star article, the Associated Student Government passed a resolution Monday night to kick-start a program permitting alcohol sales during football games for the 2013 season.
The editorial board believes this resolution is the exact boost the university needs to pack the house at Texas State sporting events.
Alcohol is absent within the physical structure of Bobcat Stadium, except in suites and club seats, which cost more or are reserved for donors and distinguished guests of the university. However, before and after games, alcohol flows as close as the tailgates in the parking lot. Alcohol is already being consumed, so simply allowing it through the doors at athletic events would bolster attendance, giving athletes a stronger fan base and encouraging more student involvement.
Alcohol sales at college sporting events are nowhere near unprecedented. The University of Nevada at Reno, University of Hawaii at Manoa and the University of Texas — San Antonio all sell alcohol. It is only logical Texas State follow suit in order to compete both athletically and economically. Alcohol sales would not only bolster participation, but also the pockets of the university.
In a March 14 article of Sports Digest, approximately 20 of 120 Football Bowl Subdivision schools sold alcoholic beverages at their home football games in 2011. The number of universities allowing the sale of alcohol is not necessarily staggering. But it is important to the college atmosphere and possible revenue as Texas State moves into the Western Athletic Conference.
With so many rules and regulations aimed at making the university more presentable, students would appreciate the ability to enjoy a refreshing beverage as they support their home team.
Attendance has often been low at many athletic events, and alcohol is already a staple at the university. By introducing it during home games, the odds of football games also becoming a staple could increase.