SIU Board votes to allow alcoholic beverages at athletic events

SIU votes to allow alcoholic beverage sales at sporting events
Published: Dec. 10, 2016 at 12:26 AM CST|Updated: Dec. 10, 2016 at 2:05 AM CST
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CARBONDALE, IL (KFVS) - In the near future you will be able to grab a beer when you watch the Salukis play.

On Thursday, Southern Illinois University school's board voted to allow alcoholic beverages at their sporting events.

SIU will join several other major universities in Illinois in allowing the sale of alcohol on campuses.

"The new policy will help in raising revenue, managing tailgating at football game, and even attracting major entertainment acts to the region," said SIU's Chief Marketing Officer Rae Goldsmith.

There is no specific time frame this will take effect, but the university will begin working working out the policy being in compliance with state law early in the year.

One engineering student on campus seems to be on board.

"It's good – I think with the alumni tailgate...for football games will be good because the alumni really enjoy it. And as a student I'm not going to complain. So having a brew or two during the game will just make it more exciting."

The law is only 21 and older can partake the drinking at the venues. However, you can't leave the venue with one.

The university will develop policies to prevent alcohol abuse and they believe this is a positive step that they will manage carefully.

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