SEC revises alcohol policy, possibly opening door for sales at UK games

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - The Southeastern Conference has revised its alcohol policy to give member institutions the choice to allow alcohol sales at its venues.


The 14 universities will now be able to have the ability to establish sales locations, purchase limits and designated times for sales. Sales would be limited to beer and wine, and institutions would have to implement a server training program for staff.

“Our policy governing alcohol sales has been a source of considerable discussion and respectful debate among our member universities in recent years,” said SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey. “As a Conference, we have been observant of trends in the sale and consumption of alcohol at collegiate sporting events and have drawn upon the experiences and insights of our member schools which have responsibly established limited alcohol sales within controlled spaces and premium seating areas. We remain the only conference to set forth league-wide standards for the responsible management of the sale of alcoholic beverages.”

The policy goes into effect Aug. 1.

UK President Eli Capilouto has responded to the revisions positively.

“The SEC has taken the right approach to this important issue by deferring to the individual, member institutions to make decisions about what is in the best interests of each university, their programs, and their fans. Led by Director (Mitch) Barnhart, UK will take the next several months to consider this issue. We will, as always, seek to do what is right for the University, our student-athletes, and the experience and safety of our fans.”

Kentucky's home opener against Toledo is Aug. 31.

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