Miss drinking beer at Bulldogs football games? Your thirst could soon be quenched.
California State University Chancellor Timothy White is strongly considering repealing a 2006 executive order handed down by his predecessor that banned alcohol sales at all university owned and operated facilities, a well-placed Fresno State athletic department source told The Bee.
“It’s 99% certain,” the source said.
If enacted, the new policy could go into effect before the 2017 football season.
Repealing the alcohol ban would presumably be discussed at an upcoming CSU Board of Trustees meeting. The Board meets every other month in Long Beach. The next meeting is scheduled May 23-24, and the agenda from that meeting is expected to be published Monday. It’s also possible any discussion could be pushed off until the July 18-19 meeting.
The CSU policy has prevented Fresno State from selling beer inside Bulldog Stadium, Pete Beiden Field at Bob Bennett Stadium and Margie Wright Diamond for the past decade. (Beer gardens at Bulldog Stadium are located outside the stadium gates.) Save Mart Center has been exempt since it’s owned and operated by an auxiliary corporation.
Beer sales would also make Fresno State a more attractive temporary home of Fresno’s new United Soccer League team expected to begin play in 2018. University officials and lead investor Ray Beshoff have begun negotiating a memorandum of understanding to use the Soccer & Lacrosse Field east of Bulldog Stadium, athletic department sources told The Bee.
While alcohol sales have been blamed for unruly fan behavior, particularly at Bulldogs football games in the early 2000s, they also provide a potentially large revenue source for a financially challenged athletic department that is adding two more sports, wrestling and women’s water polo, in 2017-18.