STILLWATER – Oklahoma State University Regents have approved a pilot program that would allow for the sale of alcohol at athletic events during a meeting Friday at Langston University. OSU has previously sold alcohol in suites, but this would allow for venue-wide sales.
That does not automatically mean beer will start flowing at Cowboy Football games. School officials are first going to see how it works with the spring sports.
University communications told the News Press the program will begin with the spring season and continue into the fall 2018 season with approval of the university president. Alcohol will be served during OSU baseball and softball games, and according to communications director Gary Shutt, the university would “then evaluate things and possibly expand it to football and other sports in the fall.”
"Fan safety and enjoyment remain our No. 1 priority as we work through the process to implement alcohol sales," Shutt wrote in an email to the News Press. "Big 12 members Texas and West Virginia have successfully implemented alcohol sales in public seating areas at intercollegiate athletic events; both found that serving alcohol resulted in fewer alcohol incidents on game days and an improved fan experience."
According to the university, alcohol sales have been approved at championship events by the Big 12 Conference and NCAA Board of Directors.
Best practices for OSU Athletics will include the following polices:
• Concessionaire will employ an alcohol monitor team to patrol venues along with OSU Police and security officers to ensure compliance with alcohol laws and rules
• Sales will be limited to two (2) alcoholic beverages per ID, per transaction
• ID will be requested of any guest appearing 30 years of age or younger
• Concessionaire will have the right to refuse service to anyone at any time
• Event staff may refuse entry into the venues for any reason, including intoxication
• No outside beverages will be allowed into the stadium
• No alcohol may be transported outside the venue