Purdue to serve alcohol for the first time at sporting event

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – For the first time ever, alcohol will be served to the general public at a Purdue University sporting event. There will be a beer garden at the May 16 home baseball game.

The beer garden will be at the at the game against the University of Iowa. Associate Athletics Director Tom Schott said the fans have asked to have the option to buy alcohol at Alexander Stadium since it opened last season.

“There’s always some kind of excitement around the last home stand, but students being away was a factor,” said Schott. “Didn’t want this to turn into an all-campus party out there.”

Schott said other than club areas and suites, this is the first sporting event at which Purdue University will serve alcohol. He said the beer garden had to make it through an approval process.

“The first step was kind of a dual step was to talk to the Union and see if they were comfortable with exploring, but at the same time, making sure the athletic department brass was comfortable with it. Once those two OKs were received, we took it to the excise police and they gave the go ahead,” explained Schott.

The Purdue Memorial Union will be in charge of serving the alcohol. Schott said the employees will be able to determine if somebody has had too much to drink. The beer garden will be in a restricted area and they will stop serving in the 7th inning.

Schott said this will be a one-game trial. He said it’s too early to tell if something like a beer garden will happen at any of next year’s football games.

Even though most students will be home for summer, they think the beer garden is a good idea.

“It seems like a good idea. It’d be something that I’d like to go to,” said Jake Vandeventer.

“Tailgating’s a big thing. If there was an organized event, like a beer garden, I think it would draw out a lot of kids that like to do tailgating, things like that,” said Jessica Dick.

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