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University decides to allow beer inside stadium

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LAFAYETTE, LA (WAFB) - Beer is not allowed inside most college football stadiums, but the University of Louisiana at Lafayette will become the second school in the state to allow drinking in the general seating areas.

For many football fans, watching the game often goes hand-in-hand with a cold one. In the past, that meant staying outside the stadium at all college games. The only university in the state to allow brews in their stadium was Tulane University. The Green Wave plays in the Superdome. Now, UL-Lafayette has been added to the list.

The university's athletic director, David Walker, issued a statement on the decision. "Athletics now has a contract with a professional concessionaire firm that has the experience, personnel, and training to ensure that all state laws and safety issues concerning the sale of alcohol will be followed."

The first home game of the season for the Ragin' Cajuns is against Southern University. "The teams play and the fans don't and I think all the fans on both sides, ULL and Southern, will behave themselves," said Ed Pratt with Southern University. However, Pratt says alcohol will not be allowed at any Southern home games anytime soon, at least not in the general seating.

Alcohol is also not allowed in the general seats at Tiger Stadium, but if you sit right above those areas, in the box seats, you can drink alcohol. "It's easier to control," said LSU Associate Vice Chancellor Herb Vincent. "It's a game management issue." Vincent says because none of the other schools in the Southeastern Conference allow alcohol in general seating, LSU does not feel pressured to change their policy. "It's kind of an unsaid decision that's been made among the league schools that we're not going to sell alcohol," Vincent said.

Vincent says if SEC schools start to sell it though, LSU may reconsider. There is no SEC or NCAA policy in place banning alcohol sales at college sports. It's left up to each individual campus to decide.

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