Bill would allow alcohol in Mariucci, Williams

Currently, alcohol is only allowed in premium seats at the Arenas.

Kevin Burbach

A bill introduced in the Minnesota House on Thursday would allow alcohol sales at Mariucci and Williams Arenas, pending Board of Regents approval.

Authored by Rep. Dan Schoen, DFL-St. Paul Park, the bill would allow the University to serve alcohol to the general public at sporting events in the arenas. Currently alcohol is only served in premium seats in Mariucci and Williams Arenas.

The Legislature passed a bill last year to allow alcohol in TCF Bank Stadium and the Regents approved a measure in July to do the same.

The University brought in more than $900,000 in sales from alcohol at TCF last season, according to school officials.

The bill was moved to the House Commerce and Consumer Protection Finance and Policy Committee. No hearing for the bill is scheduled yet.