Will beer encourage more people to turn up for Huskies hockey games? St. Cloud city leaders think it might.
St Cloud State University is looking to boost interest and income at its athletics department, and thinks beer could be the answer.
The university had a two-game experiment with beer sales earlier this year, as MPR reported, and felt it was successful enough to push for new rules that allow it to sell beer at every game.
And the proposal has the backing of nearly all of St. Cloud City Council, who voted 6-1 to approve a special law passed by the Legislature this past spring that would allow alcohol to be served at the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center.
In the agenda documents, it's pointed out that several other state universities, including the U of M-Duluth, MSU-Mankato and Bemidji State University offer beer at their athletic venues.
The St. Cloud Times reports that the special legislation is vague about where alcohol can be sold on the St. Cloud State campus, but the university told the council it was not planning on expanding booze sales beyond the hockey center at the present time.
The only person who objected was Councilman Jeff Johnson, the newspaper reports, who raised concerns about garbage and vandalism on the city's south side.
Jesse Cashman, the university's vice president of safety and risk management, told the St. Cloud Times the alcohol sales, which still needs one more council meeting approval, is not about making money, but to "improve the fan experience."