Georgia Football to allow limited alcohol sales at Sanford Stadium

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For the first time in the history of Georgia football, Sanford Stadium will allow limited Alcohol sales this fall.

Football fans are notorious for tailgating and well we all know alcohol is involved. Georgia football has chosen to do what a few other schools across the country have and that’s to have some alcohol sales.

According to the DawgNation, Athletic Director Greg McGarity said Georgia will sell beer and wine in a specific location on the club level of Sanford Stadium during the 2019 season.

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The club level, which is also known as the 200 level, is a private area and is well monitored by event staff, and the alcohol sales are only accessible to a select number of donors.

"“We have an area that we’re going to utilize, that we’re going to cordon off and create an area for members of the Magill Society to have limited beer-and-wine sales this year,” McGarity said in a DawgNation article. “It’s available to a certain level of donors, but it’s not accessible to fans in general seating areas. We’re permitted to do it under the current rules as it stands now. We’re just doing it as a benefit to our donors.”"

Members of Magill Society will be the only permitted ones allowed to purchase the alcohol in the designated area. To become a member of the Magill Society, a person must agree to donate a minimum of $25,000 to the University of Georiga Athletic Association over five years.

The donors of the Magill Society must consume the alcohol in the designated area,  and they are not allowed to carry it back to their seats.

Coincidentally, the game cannot be seen from the area in which the alcohol is served. To me, this is a ridiculous rule because members have donated thousands of dollars to the athletic administration, so they should be able to take the drinks back to their seats.

Since the SEC has lifted the ban on alcohol being sold in the public areas of stadiums, I think Georgia should participate. As a student of legal age, it would nice to be able to purchase a drink during a game.

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Now, we might not see as many fans getting caught smuggling booze into the stadium anymore because fans know that they can buy alcohol inside the stadiums, they will be less likely to over indulge at tailgates or before the games.