CMU Approves Beer at Baseball Games
KREX News Room
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. This year there will be an added incentive to attend Colorado Mesa University baseball games, at least for those 21 and over. For the past year the Associated Student Government (ASG) has been pushing to bring beer to the games, and were successful.
To make it happen, the ASG had to do their homework.
Telbe Storbeck, student body president, said, "We opened up the question to the administration and they said, 'get the feeling, get the data,' and we put in this work for almost over a year." Stats from other schools revealed lower alcohol-related incidents after implementing similar programs.
Associate athletic director at CMU, Kris Mort, said, "The benefits behind it are you know that your consumption is of age and your consumption is now taking place inside the venue."
There will be added security with the program. Officials believe they can better gauge how much people are drinking if it's regulated.
"Students aren't going to having to be, per say, pounding beer before or after the game because they can come in and enjoy a beer or two while they're at the game," said Storbeck.
CMU is following suit of the Grand Junction Rockies, who say selling beer at games was a great amenity. GJ Rockies official also say there were zero alcohol violations.
"Same thing as when kids get their driver's license ... handle it responsibly and your privileges probably won't be revoked," Mort said.
The Board of Trustees approved the idea, but this year is trial run, only positive results will allow it to continue.
Mort said, "It's the key ingredient, we can always rescind those decisions."
"We're going to evaluate the program after the season and then go from there," said Storbeck.
ASG representatives and the administration say this a privilege, one they hope students will work to keep.
Parks and Recreation is supplying the alcohol and has until the first homestand to iron out details such as security. They will also bring in revenue from sales. The first homestand is Feb. 15-17.