Alabama drops bid to sell alcohol in games on city fee

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — The University of Alabama is sabotaging a proposal to sell alcohol during basketball games and gym meets at a city-proposed fee, the athletic director said Monday. Greg Byrne.

Byrne, in a statement posted on social media, said the fee the city of Tuscaloosa was planning was not reasonable given the tax revenue and economic impact it already receives from the events.

“It is very unfortunate that the city of Tuscaloosa’s plan unreasonably targets Alabama Athletics and our fans with service charges on all tickets where alcohol is sold, even tickets sold to children,” he said. .

Earlier this month, the city council approved a measure to charge additional ticket fees ranging from $1 to $3 for any event where alcohol is sold depending on the number of seats. City officials said the extra money would go toward public safety costs, The Tuscaloosa News reported.

Some $1.3 million in sales tax revenue from ticket sales already goes to the city from a 3% levy, Byrne said, and the university’s concessions contractor pays about $125,000 a year in sales tax to the city. Byrne said while athletics officials “greatly appreciate” public safety officers provided by the city, college police and security contractors primarily run events.

“For these reasons and more, we do not believe this is a reasonable approach the city is attempting to take, and pending further review of these service charges, Alabama Athletics will not proceed with liquor sales at the moment,” he said. noted.

The plan to sell alcohol at sporting events on campus was for men’s basketball, women’s basketball, and gymnastics only.

The Southeastern Conference lifted a ban on selling alcohol in public seating areas in campus stadiums two years ago, leaving the final decision to universities. Fans have been asking for liquor sales, Byrne said previously.


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