Texas A&M has approved the sale of beer and wine to the general public at football games at Kyle Field this fall, according to a release by the athletic department.
A variety of domestic and imported beers as well as wine will be available, according to the athletic department. The sale of alcohol at other A&M sporting events will be decided at a later date, per the release.
“This is another way we are enhancing the amenities at Kyle Field,” interim athletic director R.C. Slocum said in the release. “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.”
The change follows the SEC's May 31 ruling to open in-stadium beer and wine sales at the discretion of its member institutions. Each school that elects to sell alcohol must do so at stationary points, not through roving vendors in the stands. There will also be a limit to the number of beverages purchased per transaction, according to A&M's release.
Per the new conference rule, alcohol sales must cease at the end of the third quarter for football games and women's basketball games, after the 12-minute TV timeout in the second half of men's basketball games, at the seventh-inning stretch of baseball games and in the middle of the fifth inning of softball games. All other sports events must cease alcohol sales at a time no later than 75 percent of regulation time.
The rule changes will not affect alcohol sales previously available in private club sections of A&M's stadiums.
"I think what it does is it provides flexibility," new A&M athletic director Ross Bjork said of the SEC policy. "If LSU is all in and Ole Miss wants to do something different or Texas A&M -- it gives flexibility. I think that's the key, whatever the local philosophy is should apply. We've been talking about that in the SEC for the last five years around this alcohol policy."