I’m a student at CU and am starting a mini campaign of sorts to get alcohol sales instituted at CU sporting events. One part of this process involves getting as many signatures as possible on the petition linked below: http://www.change.org/petitions/institute-alcohol-sales-at-university-of-colorado-sporting-events I know that many of you are in favor of this as well so if you could please sign the petition that would be a huge help. It’s quick and easy. It asks for your name, email, and (sometimes) address, and frankly none of that even has to be valid. Please also try and spread this link around; send it to fellow Buff fans via Facebook, Twitter, email, etc. After you sign there is a pop-up that will allow you to use those mediums to send out the petition. It would also be really helpful if someone who has an account on Rivals, Buffscoop, and Scout could post the petition’s link and my explanation on the boards there. The more signatures we can get the better. Eventually, this petition will be submitted to Mike Bohn along with a position paper on the topic. I also have some other ideas of things I’m going to try and do. Hopefully, with your help, we can get this ban overturned in near future. I’d also like to use this thread to have a constructive discussion on the issue. How do you all feel about the alcohol ban? Below are the basic points of my argument: Alcohol sales at sporting events would likely raise over $1 million in additional annual revenue for the athletic department; a department that always seems to be struggling financially. In fact, this year they had to borrow several million dollars from the university to make up for their budget shortfall. Additional funds would certainly be beneficial and could be utilized in a multitude of advantageous ways. It seems ridiculous that the athletic department is willing to take unpopular measures to improve finances such as whoring out the naming rights to Folsom Field and taking payouts for one and done games (and likely losses) at Michigan and Ohio State yet they wont do something which is just as profitable and is overwhelmingly favored by their fans. It’s further strange that the university is willing to spend $7 million to put up new scoreboards and tens of millions into facilities improvements all in the name of enhancing the fan experience and yet they refuse to do something that would enhance the fan experience and not only wouldn’t cost them anything but would actually make them money. It also seems rather hypocritical that our basketball arena is named after a beer company and yet it is somehow ‘taboo’ to sell beer in that arena. In addition to being financially prudent, alcohol sales are also favored by a vast majority of Buff fans and would help to make games more entertaining. There are approximately 30,000 season ticket holders between football and basketball and the school should be doing everything within their power to maintain and enlarge that list and to keep those constituents happy. CU should be accountable to and indulgent of us all. We are the ones who cheer for the teams, purchase tickets, merchandise, apparel, and concessions, and we are the reason why ESPN and Fox are willing to shell out $3 billion (over $20 million a year to CU) for the rights to broadcast games. In essence, we the fans subsidize the entire athletic program. In business the customer is always right. If we want beer, we should get beer. It’s not as though we’re asking for an infinity pool to be built atop Dal Ward, this is a very reasonable and practical request. Are there going be drunks in the stands at games, sure, but likely no more then or a negligible increase from the amount that are currently there even with the alcohol ban and CU does currently have enough security employed to handle these issues. People will always be drinking regardless of CU’s policies; they might as well be the ones who control, regulate, and are the beneficiaries of this practice. While it may sound counter-intuitive, it’s also fair to think that alcohol sales could actually make sporting events a safer place because they would reduce the amount of heavy binge drinking that routinely happens prior to games. Similarly, alcohol sales would give fans more incentive to leave their pre-game gatherings and get into games earlier; an issue that the athletic department has been trying to address for the past couple of years. Alcohol sales could also coincide with a campaign on the Universities part to educate and remind its fans of the dangers associated with excessive consumption of alcohol. Colorado produces some of the greatest beer in the world and the combination of beer and sports is a time-honored American tradition. It’s time for CU to reap the benefits of this custom. Please sign the petition and help to bring the prohibition of Folsom (prison) to its well justified end. Go Buffs.