Senate votes to ease campus stadium beer ban

Last year, University regents banned all alcohol to keep it from the student section.

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The state Senate has voted to relax a booze ban at TCF Bank Stadium. The Senate gave preliminary approval Tuesday to a bill that allows the school to control where alcohol is sold at the year-old stadium. It reverses a law that required alcohol to be sold everywhere in the stadium or nowhere. Last year, University regents banned all alcohol to keep it from the student section. The school had intended to sell it in premium seats and suites. As Republican Geoff Michel put it, the Senate “shouldn’t act as some 67-member liquor control board.” The bill faces resistance in the Minnesota House. Net revenue from booze sales would be used for athletics scholarships and reduced student fees.