CU Buffs to offer stadium-wide alcohol sales on football game days

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Chip does the slow clap during the NCAA football game between Colorado and Washington at Folsom Field on Sept. 23

Colorado is making several changes and improvements to its football game day experience for fans, including stadium-wide beer and wine sales.

For the first time in more than two decades, there will be alcohol sales in the general concourse areas at Folsom Field.

CU stopped alcohol sales at Folsom Field in 1996, the year the Big Eight expanded to the Big 12. In 2014, the athletic department introduced two beer gardens at Folsom for those 21 and older.

An article on on Thursday said, “Now after a four-year track record of responsible behavior by vendors and fans, those sales will be extended to the concourse areas so patrons can bring drinks back to their seats.”

Athletic director Rick George said, “We are always looking for ways to improve the fan experience. Being able to bring drinks back to the seating areas is a request we have heard for some time. We wanted to do this in a phased approach to ensure responsible behavior and safety. We are also seeing many of our peers offer this amenity, so in some ways we are catching up to what’s becoming a more common practice at collegiate sporting events.”

CU will stop alcohol sales at the end of the third quarter. Alcohol vendors will be fixed in the concourse areas.

Other game-day policies announced include:

• Walk-through metal detectors at the gates in an effort to speed up the entry process. Fans will not have to remove keys and phones. As needed for secondary screening, security crews will continue to use wands.

• The indoor practice facility will no longer be open on game days.

• The Chip’s Kids Club area will move to the lawn area south of the Benson Earth Sciences building.

• The clear-bag policy put in place for the 2016-17 season will remain. The only bags permitted are those that are clear plastic, vinyl or PVC and do not exceed 12 inches by 6 inches by 12 inches in size.