The University of South Carolina athletics department will not rescind a ban on the sale of alcoholic beverages at Williams-Brice Stadium in 2019, the school announced on Wednesday.
The decision comes six weeks after the Southeastern Conference (SEC) rescinded its ban on the sale of alcohol at its college sporting events – leaving the decision on whether to sell alcoholic beverages up to its fourteen member institutions.
“Our staff has been studying the logistics of selling alcoholic beverages at our venues in anticipation of the SEC policy change,” South Carolina athletics director Ray Tanner said in a statement. “We continue to examine all of the issues as it relates to game operations and fan experience and will not make any decisions on whether to sell alcoholic beverages in general seating of our venues until our study is complete.”
The school added that “any updates to the current stance on alcohol sales will be made prior to the start of each sport’s season.”
“We take pride in providing a quality gameday experience for all fans that come through the gates at our athletics events,” Tanner continued in his statement. “We will be strategic and thoughtful when implementing alcohol sales at our athletic venues in an effort to benefit the overall fan experience.”
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