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Alcohol permitted at Gopher games (new law)

Published (5/25/2012)
By Erin Schmidtke
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College football fans will soon be able to purchase alcohol at the University of Minnesota’s TCF Bank Stadium.

As part of this session’s omnibus liquor law, alcohol will be available for the general public as well as those seated in suites. The law states that one of the beers served in the designated “beer garden” within the stadium must be brewed in Minnesota. The types of other beers sold would be determined by the university’s Board of Regents. This section takes effect Aug. 1, 2012.

Sponsored by Rep. Joe Atkins (DFL-Inver Grove Heights) and Sen. Chris Gerlach (R-Apple Valley), the law also:

• permits Kick’s Liquor Store to operate at an interim location until the business can move to a new facility. The store was damaged beyond repair during the 2011 tornado in north Minneapolis. This is effective upon approval by the Minneapolis City Council;

• allows liquor stores to sell clothing bearing the logo of the store, effective April 28, 2012. This would expand the types of products stores may sell, which range from alcohol to home-brewing equipment to tobacco products; and

• grants liquor stores permission to hold classes where there is tasting of alcohol in limited amounts, effective April 28, 2012. Store owners previously testified that this is an additional service they would like to offer customers.

HF2784/ SF2392*/CH235

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