North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper this week signed into law bipartisan legislation that will allow state universities to sell beer and wine on game days.
The Senate passed House Bill 389 by a 33-12 vote June 17. The House approved the bill by an 88-24 vote April 16. With Cooper’s signature Wednesday, the law goes into effect immediately.
According to the News & Record, the Senate added an amendment that allows Winston-Salem State University to sell beer and win in selected areas even though the steam plays in a city-owned stadium.
The new law doesn’t mean alcohol sales will be coming to every state university. Each institution will have to vote to allow such sales.
“There is a lot that has to be worked out with the city and internally since we are a dry campus,” said interim WSSU athletic director George Knox said. “I’m not sure it will happen this year.”
City Manager Lee Garrity said the city already sells beer in a beer-garden area during racing at the stadium.
“If WSSU wants to offer the same option to their fans, the city will make those arrangements,” Garrity said.