Earlier this offseason, the SEC lifted its ban on alcohol sales beginning this fall.
However, this did not mean that all 14 league members would begin selling alcohol at athletic events. Several schools have decided to allow the sales, while others are declining to do so for at least one more year.
It appears UK will be among those not allowing alcohol this fall. During a Thursday meeting with the media, UK Athletics director Mitch Barnhart revealed that the school will not allow alcohol sales at athletics event this fall.
Barnhart says there's already a great fan experience at UK events and they A) are focused on safety and B) don't want to "disrupt" that experience. https://t.co/68OqqZijFq— Kyle Tucker (@KyleTucker_ATH) August 1, 2019
Tried to press Barnhart on why it seems premium ticket holders can be trusted to drink responsibly but the general ticket holder cannot. He says, essentially, it's easier to contain in those premium area.— Kyle Tucker (@KyleTucker_ATH) August 1, 2019
Is this alcohol decision final? Mitch Barnhart: "This is the decision." Says it's not closed forever, but he's not revisiting this every year. And points out: "This was my call."— Kyle Tucker (@KyleTucker_ATH) August 1, 2019
The problem with this is there are already alcohol sales in premium seating areas at Kroger Field, and people sneak alcohol into the stadium with relative ease, which it looks like they’ll continue to do as long as public alcohol sales are banned from UK events.
I do think UK will eventually allow alcohol sales, but it won’t happen this season.