RALEIGH — The North Carolina House of Representatives passed a bill that would allow universities to sell alcohol at athletic venues.
The bill would allow public universities to sell alcohol at stadiums, arenas and other athletic facilities on school property. The bill moves to the North Carolina Senate. House Bill 389 was introduced by House Majority Leader John Bell (R-Wayne) and N.C. Majority Whip Rick Gunn (R-Alamance).
Appalachian State would be one of the public universities that would be covered under this bill. Appalachian State University Athletic Director Doug Gillin voiced his support for the option of being able to sell alcohol at Kidd Brewer Stadium as long as it’s on the university’s terms.
“When I say we support it, we don’t know what that means yet,” Gillin said. “If it happens, will we do a beer garden? Will we sell it in the stands? We don’t even know what it looks like. We support us having the ability to do it and then to decide what it looks like.”
Gillin said the athletic department has talked about the bill, but cautioned that even if it is signed into law, others have to sign off on the idea before it can be done.
“We’re in support of it, but support of it still means the board of trustees still has to support it and our chancellor (still has to support it),” Gillin said. “Even if it gets passed, then it (goes to) the chancellor and the board of trustees and then we have to bring them a plan on how we are going to do it. We want to make sure that if we do it, we do it the right way and it enhances the experience at Kidd Brewer, not detracts.”