Community input sought on possible alcohol sales at athletic venues


The University of Michigan welcomes community input prior to seeking approval from the Board of Regents to consider selling alcohol at certain athletic venues on campus.

An online survey will be available through Oct. 6 and is open to undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, staff, alumni and retirees. Respondents must log in with their U-M user name and password.

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed a bill in July lifting Michigan’s ban on alcohol sales at public university stadiums and sports arenas.​ The bill, which took effect immediately, allows universities to individually determine if they wish to sell alcohol at home sporting events.

U-M’s proposal would be to sell alcohol at varsity sporting events hosted in Yost Ice Arena, Crisler Center and Michigan Stadium beginning as early as January 2024.

University officials are still considering the various ways to use revenue from the sale of alcohol.



  1. Bonnie Krey
    on October 2, 2023 at 8:40 am

    No, no, no! Absolutely not! It is something that is totally unnecessary. Our school spirit is tremendous in generating a ‘feel good’. Alcohol is not needed. Just my opinion folks.

  2. Yehoash Raphael
    on October 2, 2023 at 3:14 pm

    No need. Don’t do it. It is too crowded and heated atmosphere already.
    No alcohol in sports events please.

  3. Caroline Mohai
    on October 3, 2023 at 9:22 am

    Back 26 years ago the U-M launched the Initiative on Alcohol and Other Drugs as a response to federal funding to universities that addressed the issue. The staff of this initiative set about collecting data on alcohol “incidents,” alcohol sales, alcohol/drug attitudes and self reported behaviors to get a baseline on the problem. The next step was working with administrators in schools, colleges and athletics to have AOD policies established. Now, many years later, money is again the motivator to start serving alcohol at athletic events. It is enough to make one cynical.

  4. Robert Martel
    on October 4, 2023 at 11:18 am

    Bottom line profits from sales could help employee salaries keep up with inflation.

  5. Thomas Hogarth
    on October 4, 2023 at 2:15 pm

    Absolutely not! It’s already hard enough to control the tailgaters who have consumed too much alcohol in the parking lots before the start of the games.
    Isn’t it enough that the athletic department makes million of dollars from TV revenues and selling merchandise? Has the University forgotten all the problems alcohol brought to the games before they banned it from the stadium? I think not, it’s not about the thrill of the game, sportsmanship, or cheering your team onto victory. Bottom line, what used to be a competitive sport between non professional athletes has turned into a big business and the only thing the University really cares about is making more money. How about this, if the University wants to sell alcohol in the stadium then all the preceeds from selling alcohol must be paid to the athletes?

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