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If Ohio Stadium offered beer for sale at concession stands, would you partake?



bukyze's picture

I'm not going to start a raging debate on the pros and cons of selling beer in Ohio Stadium, but yes, I would definitely imbibe.  One cool caveat would be to only sell beer brewed in Ohio.  Focus on Columbus beer to support local business (Barley's, Columbus, and Elevator Brewing Co.), and then throw in one beer from Cleveland (Great Lakes) and Cincinnati (Christian Moerlein).  The increased cost of great beer would/might limit the binge drinking.  Plus, you're drinking great beer.  Have 2-3 homegrown delicisous beers and be responsible instead of pounding down 8 swills (Bud Light/Miler Lite) and not being able to remember the second half of the game.  OK, I guess I might have started a little bit of debate.

buckeyedude's picture

Here we go again: it has to be Buckeye Beer from Maumee Bay Brewing in Toledo, Ohio.



hodge's picture

When you're dry, drink Buckeye. 

buck-I.8's picture

For anyone that doesn't know, we do serve Buckeye Beer, along with several other Ohio brewing staples, at Woody's Tavern.

lcrumley89's picture

Thats what I was going to say, but it would be cool to have the same deal in the Shoe. Would probably cost more but imo it would be worth it.

“There are some people addicted to alcohol, some people are addicted to gambling,” Luginbill said. “Urban Meyer is addicted to football, and he’s addicted to winning.”

VBBuckeye's picture

I agree with the cost = less drinking. I'd have a few, but at stadium prices I'd limit it to that.

J.Mo's picture

I'm cheap and stadium beers are marked up like 300% and I can already imagine at Ohio State it'll be marked up 400%... I'd have a better time saving my money than I would drinking at the game. 
Besides I don't sneak in anything with me now and I already have awesome times at the 'Shoe.

RoyWalley's picture

Please no!  Let's keep a pleasant atmosphere. 
I don't need drunks sitting next to me swearing and spilling beer over me.

Torpedo Vegas's picture

Where do you sit? I don't think I've ever had a game where I wasn't stumbled on/spilled on.

NoVA Buckeye's picture

I've had people dipping and drinking behind me once. How fun that night was.
/end sarcasm

The offseason begins when your season ends. Even then there are no days off.

Buckeyevstheworld's picture

I don't drink alcohol, so no would be my answer.

Downvoted for not drinking. That is hilarious.

"YOLO" = I'm about to do something extremely ignorant/stupid & I need an excuse to do it.

FloridaBuck's picture

So basically, you don't drink so you don't want anyone else to be able to drink?

Buckeyevstheworld's picture

That wasn't the question.

"YOLO" = I'm about to do something extremely ignorant/stupid & I need an excuse to do it.

otrain2416's picture

Dollar beer games at the shoe, but only on saturdays

We were born to love Ohio State and hate that team up north.

Boom777's picture

Ya but gotta keep it strict, anybody been to a browns game...alcohol can make shit crazy! The atmosphere can be pretty shitty with a slobbering drunk running at the mouth

Wherever you are, there you be!

Buckeyevstheworld's picture

The Browns sucking plays a part in it.

"YOLO" = I'm about to do something extremely ignorant/stupid & I need an excuse to do it.

RBuck's picture

I like beer.
Dollar beer, dime-a-dog...bring it on. (when hell freezes over).

Long live the southend.

gwalther's picture

I don't want beer to be sold in The Shoe for Buckeye games. 

Class of 2008

BSTP DeCon's picture

Depends on how much they charge!

Alex Boones Liver's picture

I believe selling alcohol inside the stadium would be a great idea if it helped create a Dawg Pound atmosphere.  I have been to both the Shoe and Cleveland Browns Stadium for games.  In my humble opinion, I felt that Browns Stadium has a more intimidating aura (if only the team did as well).  The last two Buckeye games I have been to there were points in the game that a third down stop by the defense was needed, and I was one of the few people standing up and yelling for the team.  So many people were sitting on their hands being casual observers rather than fanatics.  I almost felt akward at times standing up cheering, but never have I felt this in Cleveland.  In Cleveland, especially in the Dawg Pound, if you aren't standing on third down, you won't be able to see.  Does the sale of alcohol encourage a rowdy enviroment, absolutely.  Does a rowdy enviroment enhance the overall fan experience?  I guess it depends who you are and what your idea of a good time is.  I enjoy both venues but is funny how different each can be.

buck-I.8's picture

I think the fans that get drunk and rowdy already show up that way, so I doubt the experience would change a lot.

Buckeyeneer's picture

For me it depends how much they charge. FYI, for those who think that there is no alcohol in that stadium on game day, I've got some news for you . . . ever been in a bathroom stall at the Shoe? Any stall. By half time there are always many, many empty hotel bar sized liquor bottles.

"Because the rules won't let you go for three." - Woody Hayes

THE Ohio State University

Buckeyeneer's picture

Perhaps they should limit alcohol sales to C deck or some sort of compromise. That way you could choose your atmosphere.

"Because the rules won't let you go for three." - Woody Hayes

THE Ohio State University

NoVA Buckeye's picture

I would, but of course I'm the type of individual who can drink a lot and still be able to process all my thoughts and have a clear memory of everything that happens that day. Of course, not everyone is me

The offseason begins when your season ends. Even then there are no days off.

Buckeye Chuck's picture

I don't really like paying stadium prices for anything, though I sometimes make exceptions for hot dogs and bottled water on hot days. So I would probably vote no.
Not having beer sales never stopped me from drinking at the Shoe back in my student days, just like the ban on smoking hasn't stopped smokers.

The most "loud mouth, disrespect" poster on 11W.

Bucksfan's picture

It doesn't matter if your team is good or bad, mixing alcohol and football is practically a loaded gun in itself.  Ohio Stadium is already a pretty raucous place for visiting fans.  Look, I'm a big fan of drinking, I love beer and I love drinking beer while watching Ohio State in a bar or on my couch.  And I drink at tailgates.  But in a stadium you get a mob mentality, and I've seen it get pretty ugly at professional games as people keep drinking for 2 more hours and their mood becomes an embodyment of what's happening on the field.
I'm not a fan of beer at stadiums where people are clad in their army's colors.  You'll get a lot more fights, a lot more objectionable behavior if you have alcohol available, particularly if they've already been drinking for hours before the game.  It's not worth it.

William's picture

I'm all for selling alcohol in the stadium. As others have pointed out, the folks that are hammered for kickoff show up that way and are not going to get anymore hammered from $7-$10 beers. It would probably provide a nice boost to revenue on gameday and I highly doubt it's going to create a more violent atmosphere. 

1stYrBuckIClub's picture

I'm one of those slightly raucous fans that tailgates fairly heavily before the game (yes, even the noon games). But I stop drinking about an hour before gametime, and with a 3 1/2 hour game (plus the line to cross the walking bridge), I've sobered up by the time I get back to my car. If you have drinking (sponsored by the university) during the game, you'll have a less enjoyable experience at the game (how many times will the people down your row walk past you to first get more beers, then spill them on you walking back, then need to leave frequently for the restrooms?).

poop's picture

I would have 2 beers max because they would charge an arm and a d*ck. I like to remember the games too.

cajunbuckeye's picture

Sell it for the first half only, and limit it to 3. Have a tent outside the stadium where you can by a wrist band. This eliminates delays inside for checking ID's. You go to the beer concession inside the stadium and they punch the band and give you a beer. The third time they take the wristband. At the start of the third quarter beer sales cease. I really like the idea of Ohio brews only.

An angry fan...rooting for an angry team...led by angry coaches

yrro's picture

I agree with that 100%.
That said, if it is allowed, you know that it will be whoever gives them the most  money (ie, Budweiser), sold throughout the game, for $10 a cup.

jestertcf's picture

If they do, have fun policing the student section to figure out who is "really" 21.

~Because we couldn't go for three~

lcrumley89's picture

It would have to be like WVU where they dont sell alcohol in the student sections and arent supposed to sell any to students in the rest of the sections.

“There are some people addicted to alcohol, some people are addicted to gambling,” Luginbill said. “Urban Meyer is addicted to football, and he’s addicted to winning.”

LABuckeye's picture

I said "yes", but it really depends on what beer they sold. If it was just Bud or Miller or something along those lines, I wouldn't drink it.

Doug Funnie's picture

Looking at the comments I can really see both sides of the argument.  Personally I think selling alcohol in the stadium will cause more problems than the revenue it will create. My reasoning is this:
How can this be enforced with minors?  I know when I was in school their was always someone with a fake ID and we always could drink.  When I go to OSU games I already run into some sloppy drunk, and a drunk can either be really entertaining or really annoying for the other fans around them.  Having alcohol in the stadium (with a limit on the # of drinks) may not increase the number of rowdy fans, but it will keep the really drunk people intoxicated longer, and that can affect other peoples game experience. Even in the NFL where their is a higher majority of "adults" of legal drinking age in the crowd, they act irresponsible.  I once saw a guy in the Dawgpound pee in his cup so he wouldn't miss the action of the game.
What about liability?  If a freshman gets served and something really bad happens to them is the University at fault or the vendor? (Anyone in the legal profession, please enlighten me).
What about cost?  How many additional police officers will the University have to hire to properly enforce this?
I love the idea of only selling Ohio Beers, but I think the University would jump at a Quantity discount from a huge Beer vendor( a price break so low the small Ohio vendors could not compete with). Then we wouldn't have a good beer option, just water with alcohol.
I have had numerous games where I tailgated and had my adult beverages, and I am not against people drinking, I just think the stadium is too big to be enforced properly.  The amount of revenue is not worth the headache.  If they want to make more money, put some lights on the stadium and have 2-3 night games a year. Just my two cents.

onetwentyeight's picture

They would sell but I'd never buy. B/c they'd be obscenely overpriced. 

Haybucks's picture

Great Lakes or Columbus would have my business especially if they had a "beer only" stand.  By the sounds of these posts there won't be much business and I'd get to the front of the line fairly quickly.

If the world comes to an end, I want to be in Cincinnati. Everything comes there ten years later. -  Mark Twain