Ladies and Gentlemen, Georgia Football is finally entering the 21st century.
The next time you go to Sanford Stadium, you can get your hands on an ice-cold beer! What a moment for those who often wondered when or if you could buy beer inside Sanford Stadium. I thought it would happen, but it would happen way down the road. But now, 2024 is when you can buy beer at Sanford Stadium.
This stems from the SEC lifting its ban on alcohol sales in 2019; Georgia allowed alcohol to be brought to private suites if you donated a healthy amount of money to the Bulldog Club. Georgia later allowed beer sales for basketball games at Stegeman Coliseum, and in 2022, it allowed sales at baseball and softball games.
Georgia and Auburn were the last two holdouts on selling beer at football games, and now it looks like both schools finally decided to give in.
Because of this decision, I am sure, naturally, there will be detractors to Georgia finally lifting this ban. They will clutch their pearls and say, “Students shouldn’t be able to drink!” I hate to break it to you, but students either binge drink before the game or sneak it in. During my time in the Classic City, I was guilty of both. So, the people who want to drink will drink, which is why I never understood the rule.
I understand the social and cultural issues with drinking, especially in the South. But I actually think selling alcohol inside Sanford Stadium might help the issue rather than have the issues that we have all seen in the past. I am talking about the passed-out fraternity brother inside the stadium or right outside the gates at 11 am in the blazing heat.
It was finally time for Georgia Athletics to make this move, and they did. I will find another small issue to complain about in the next few weeks. But for now, I am happy that the University of Georgia made the right decision at the right time.