TCF Stadium braces for first alcohol sales

University officials are carefully preparing for the first alcohol sales at TCF Bank Stadium at the University of Minnesota on Saturday. Fans at the football team's home opener will be able to buy beer and wine – only two drinks at a time – and take the beverages back to their seats. University regents in July approved a two-year trial of alcohol sales at games.
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University of Minnesota officials are urging fans to drink responsibly at TCF Bank Stadium this Saturday, the first day beer and wine sales will be allowed, the Minnesota Daily student newspaper reports.

University regents approved a two-year trial on stadium alcohol sales in July.

The rules: No hard liquor. Fans can buy only two drinks at a time. Sales booths will be in just two locations: on the West Plaza and an overflow area near Gate A. Sales will begin one hour prior to kickoff and end at halftime. Fans are allowed to take drinks back to their seats.

What's on tap? Minnesota brews Grain Belt and Summit Pale Ale, as well as Miller Lite, the U says.

A university press release says officials are confident the alcohol sales will not sacrifice "the integrity of our educational mission.”

University police will increase its game-day presence, with 12 additional uniformed officers and extra contracted security workers assigned to the west plaza and outside of Gate A, the press release notes. About 110 law enforcement personnel staff home football games.

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