Arkansas Football: Razorbacks Hope to Sell Beer and Wine at Football Games

Alex SimsCorrespondent IIIFebruary 14, 2014

Oct 12, 2013; Fayetteville, AR, USA; A cheerleader carries the Arkansas Razorbacks flag past the crowd during a game against the South Carolina Gamecocks at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium. South Carolina defeated Arkansas 52-7. Mandatory Credit: Beth Hall-USA TODAY Sports
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Bottoms up, Hog fans. The Arkansas Razorbacks are reportedly pushing to sell wine and beer at football games.

Bob Holt of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette tweeted a report this week that wine and beer will be available to club seat holders at Razorback Stadium, pending the approval of a state liquor license.

Current SEC policy states that alcoholic beverages can only be sold to those sitting in premium seats, so only a select few of the 72,000 fans at the Fayetteville stadium will benefit from this change.

As Holt quipped, last year's 0-8 SEC season might have driven a number of Hogs fans to the bottle, so making that source of solace readily available is a savvy business move for UA.

The sale of alcohol at collegiate football games has been a source of some controversy over the years.

The practice is common at NFL games and even when NFL stadiums host collegiate games, but it has been met with some resistance at the collegiate level.

Without delving into the moral side of the issue, it is a no-brainer from a business standpoint.

Recently, West Virginia began selling beer to all fans of legal drinking age, not just those in premium seating. The change was a humongous success and, according to the Associated Press (h/t The Charleston Gazette), astronomically increased concession sales while simultaneously reducing arrests.

The win-win move resulted in more than $500,000 in beer sales alone and an overall 84 percent increase in concession sales at its 60,000-seat Milan Puskar Stadium.

With an established Big 12 program like WVU showing all-around success with beer sales, other leagues and teams could follow.

If SEC programs like Arkansas continue to show interest in the sale of beer to fans, it could only be a matter of time before the league gives in and alters its current policy to allow sale to those in standard seating.

So drink responsibly, Hog fans, and it just might happen.