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University of Iowa athletic facilities to sell beer and wine this fall

Updated: Jun. 10, 2021 at 12:04 PM CDT
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IOWA CITY, Iowa (KCRG) - The University of Iowa Athletics Department is working to expand beer and wine sales at athletic facilities.

Starting this fall, people can buy the drinks throughout Kinnick Stadium. That goes for most areas, except in areas immediately adjacent to the student section.

“We have been working with our campus partners on this for some time now and we are committed to maintaining a safe and enjoyable game day environment,” said Gary Barta, Henry B. and Patricia B. Tippie Director of Athletics Chair. “While there is an opportunity for increased revenue, this decision was based on enhancing the fan experience and providing an additional amenity to our fans. At the conclusion of the 2021-22 academic year, we will work with our campus partners to review this pilot program.”

This will also apply to Carver-Hawkeye Arena, Duane Banks Field and Bob Pearl Field in the upcoming school year.

“We recognize that the pregame atmosphere around Kinnick Stadium is a significant part of the fan experience,” said UI Interim President John Keller. “We are adopting policies that encourage Hawkeyes to enjoy game day traditions while reducing underage access to alcohol and the negative impacts of binge drinking.”

The university said 30 percent of the net alcohol sales will go to research-based initiatives developed and supported by the UI Alcohol Harm Reduction Committee.

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