Division I Council Approves Alcohol Sales at NCAA Championship Events

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistApril 19, 2018

Michigan fans cheer before the championship game against Villanova in the Final Four NCAA college basketball tournament, Monday, April 2, 2018, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
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The Division I Council has approved a rule change that would make it legal for fans to buy alcoholic beverages at NCAA championship events.

Per USA Today's Erick Smith, the change was approved on Wednesday but won't become official until the board meeting comes to a close on April 25.

This move comes two years after the Division I board of directors approved a pilot program that allowed beer and wine sales to fans in general seating areas at the Men's and Women's College World Series.

Smith noted the sale of alcoholic beverages has been permitted at the New Year's Six college football bowl games and each game in the College Football Playoff because those are not run by the NCAA.

Under this new measure, alcohol sales will also be permitted at the Football Championship Subdivision's championship game, all three wrestling divisions, the men's lacrosse championships, men's ice hockey and women's volleyball championships.