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UA May Soon Sell Alcohol At Basketball Games

By Stina Sieg
Published: Wednesday, December 6, 2017 - 2:29pm
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The University of Arizona may soon be serving wine and beer at basketball games. The Tucson City Council has approved a new liquor license for use during games at the McKale Center arena.

Tuesday’s approval by the city council is not the last bureaucratic hurdle for selling alcohol at basketball games. The license still requires approval from the Arizona State Liquor Board. University officials say they hope the item will go before the board in a few weeks. UA began pursuing a license in October after athletic officials say there were numerous requests from fans.

The university has been selling alcohol at Hi-Corbett Field for baseball games since 2012.

Alcohol sales at sporting events have become a trend at universities in recent years. The NCAA allows schools and conferences to make their own rules over selling alcohol, it but bans the practice at championship events.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.