As the SEC lifted a conference-wide prohibition on alcohol sales during athletic events, leaving the decision on whether to serve beer and wine to the 14 individual member schools, Texas A&M announced Thursday that members of the general public will be allowed to purchase beer and wine at Kyle Field beginning this fall.
In a press release, the plan was described as complying with league-wide alcohol management expectations, school policy, as well as state and local laws.
“This is another way we are enhancing the amenities at Kyle Field,” interim AD R.C. Slocum said. “We are extending the availability of alcohol beyond the premium areas which have had this option for many years. Fans, 21 and older, will have the option to purchase alcohol, regardless of seating area.
SEC presidents and chancellors voted this spring to allow schools to serve alcohol — but limited sales to stationary locations, meaning no vendors in seating areas will be authorized to sell alcohol.
“Our policy governing alcohol sales has been a source of considerable discussion and respectful debate among our member universities in recent years,” said SEC commissioner Greg Sankey. “We are committed as a Conference to ensuring that all changes in policy are implemented in ways that respect and sustain the traditions that make the SEC-game day experience exceptional for all attendees.”