The University of Toledo may start selling adult beverages at college football and basketball games.
University officials will decide on a proposal to sell beer and wine at the on-campus Glass Bowl stadium within the next few weeks. The move, which is expected to boost attendance and revenue, could also extend to basketball games at Savage Arena. If approved, alcohol would be available to Rockets fans 21-years and older beginning in the fall of 2013.
UT President Dr. Lloyd Jacobs says that a decrease in state funding is forcing his institution to slash $17 million in spending. Over a dozen colleges within the university have seen their budgets slashed from the previous academic year. The possible addition of alcohol sales at on-campus athletic events could be an additional revenue stream for the university, according to Athletic Director Mike O'Brien.
According to The Blade , Toledo's fellow Mid-American Conference schools Bowling Green, Akron and Kent State are already offering adult beverages at stadium concession stands.
Beer is sold at 22 of 120 major college football stadiums; however eleven of those stadiums are located off campus.
Earlier this month, Ohio State Senator Eric Kearney (D) introduced a bill which would allow open alcohol containers in certain areas of some cities with a population of over 50,000. Toledo would be one of 12 cities that could see the affects of this bill if it passes.
(The Associated Press contributed to this article.)