STrib: University of Minnesota could add cocktails, bottle service into the mix at stadiums


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Nov 11, 2008
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Per Steph:

Fans at several University of Minnesota sporting events could sip some cocktails this fall — and eventually have bottle service in suites — under a plan before the Board of Regents.

The proposal from the U's Athletics Committee would allow fans to purchase canned and batched cocktails at concession stands in Huntington Bank Stadium, Williams Arena, Maturi Pavilion and 3M Arena at Mariucci as soon as fall. It would bring full-service bars to club rooms and limited bottle service in suites in the 2025-26 season and allow in-seat "hawking" in the football stadium, except in student sections, the following year.

Athletic director Mark Coyle and Jon Steadland, the university president's chief of staff, told the Board of Regents on Friday the plan would respond to fan feedback and place Gophers venues on par with other Big Ten and Twin Cities professional sporting facilities.

Steadland said having "as premium an offering as you possibly can" would benefit suite sales.

Go Gophers!!

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