UT to sell alcohol at some sporting events

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by KVUE News

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Posted on February 26, 2014 at 7:19 PM

Updated Thursday, Feb 27 at 9:01 AM

AUSTIN, Texas -- A University of Texas spokesperson says the university plans to start selling alcohol at sporting events, but as of 5:30 p.m. Wednesday he said it will not happen at Wednesday's Longhorns basketball game against Baylor.

UT athletic spokesperson Nick Voinis said plans have not been finalized yet.

Voinis said the department would send out a release before the first game, but would not elaborate on when that could happen.

The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission says UT already has the necessary permits in place at its basketball, baseball and football facilities if it chooses to sell beer and wine.

The Frank Erwin Center has sold alcohol during entertainment events including concerts since 2001. Beer costs $8.

UT campus police and the Austin Police Department say they will continue to look for drunk drivers during big events but have no special initiatives

"It’s not going to change the way we do business," said APD Senior Police Officer Veneza Bremner.

Mothers Against Drunk Driving want UT to put a system in place to make sure underage students aren't served and no one drinks too much.

"You never know what could happen after drinking. You get on the road you could kill somebody or seriously hurt somebody," said Angela Tidwell with MADD.

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