Bruininks recommends “dry” athletic venues

University President Robert Bruininks delivered the resolution at the Board of Regents Meeting on Friday.

University of Minnesota President Robert Bruininks recommended to the Board of Regents Friday that TCF Bank Stadium, Williams Arena and Mariucci Arena be made alcohol-free during athletic events. The proposal is a response to legislation passed by the Minnesota Legislature and signed by Gov. Tim Pawlenty on May 20, which in part mandates that alcohol be available to all legal-age buyers in the TCF Bank Stadium âÄî not just those in premium seats, as previously planned. Bruininks said the legislation leaves the University with two options: to become the only Big Ten campus to sell alcohol throughout its entire stadium or not to sell alcohol at all. âÄúThereâÄôs no perfect solution. We think we had the best solution that would help us financially and also be controlled and restricted,âÄù Bruininks said. âÄúBut the Legislature has spoken, and people speak through their legislators and you have to respect it. They gave us a choice, and we picked the choice that we thought was best for the University.âÄù The board reviewed BruininksâÄô resolution to make TCF Bank Stadium, Williams Arena and Mariucci Arena âÄúdryâÄù on game days at FridayâÄôs meeting. The Regents are expected to make a final decision at a meeting scheduled for June 24. The University plans to surrender its liquor licenses to the state for those venues. âÄúOur values do not change, even if our plans must,âÄù Bruininks said in a statement. âÄúWe have never sold alcohol at student-oriented events in the past, and I do not recommend we start now.” Financial implications have not yet been evaluated by the University, but it will have some effect. -Staff reporter Elizabeth Sias contributed to this report