Alabama proposes alcohol sales at Coleman Coliseum
By WVUA 23 News Reporter Joseph King
University of Alabama fans who attend basketball games and gymnastics meets in Coleman Coliseum may soon be able to enjoy an ice-cold beer or glass of wine while they cheer on the Crimson Tide.
That’s a positive move, some said Friday.
“Honestly, I think it’s a good step,” said UA student Nicholas Langham. “This university is very involved and a lot of students would benefit from that kind of thing. I think it would help bring in a little more revenue into Coleman (Coliseum).”
Allowing alcohol sales inside the coliseum might prevent some of the more industrious fans from drinking to excess before they hit the stands, and it could also tamp down on the number of people who sneak alcohol into the stadium, others said.
“It would be a great way for students to (drink alcohol) without any consequence to it,” said Aniyah Fleets-Giles. “Because it’s going to (be present) regardless. I think it’s just a great way to lessen the strain on student behavior issues.”
The potential change comes in the wake of a 2019 decision by the SEC allowing alcohol sales in stadiums. UA concessions provider Levy Premium Foodservice is seeking a liquor license from the Tuscaloosa City Council. If approved, the vendor would be able to sell alcohol during Alabama men’s and women’s basketball games, as well as gymnastics meets.
But Tuscaloosa City Council President Kip Tyner said he has a few questions.
“I want to see exactly what their formula is for selling,” Tyner said. “How they’re going to card people. How many drinks possibly will they allow.”
Tyner said he’s recommending the Council study the potential ramifications of the move before making a final decision.
“Don’t jump to conclusions,” he said. “Don’t listen to social media so much about how this is already a done deal. I guarantee you certainly with myself, we will vet this to the highest degree.”
The Council will take up the liquor license vote at their next meeting Feb. 1.