SEC lifts ban on alcohol sales at on-campus stadiums

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(CBS SPORTS/WKYT) - The SEC is now allowing alcohol sales at on-campus stadiums.

CBS Sports reports  the conference announced Friday that it lifted the ban on alcoholic beverages in general seating areas.

Beer and wine sales will be allowed starting on August 1st.

"Our policy governing alcohol sales has been a source of considerable discussion and respectful debate among our member universities in recent years," SEC commissioner Greg Sankey said. "As a conference, we have been observant of trends in the sale and consumption of alcohol at collegiate sporting events and have drawn upon the experiences and insights of our member schools which have responsibly established limited alcohol sales within controlled spaces and premium seating areas. We remain the only conference to set forth league-wide standards for the responsible management of the sale of alcoholic beverages."

Schools will make their own decisions as to whether or not they sell alcohol.

Service will be cut off at the end of the third quarter of football games, the second half 12-minute timeout in men's basketball, the end of the third quarter in women's basketball and the middle of the 7th inning in baseball. Other sports will cut off no later than 75 percent through regulation time.

Schools that want to serve alcohol will have to have a server training program for staff.

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