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Alcohol and Beverage Sales in Athletics

Alcohol and Beverage Sales in Athletics

Authority: 
Athletics
Date enacted or revised: 
Enacted March 26, 2018

The University anticipates selling alcoholic beverages at baseball, softball, football, and basketball games, beginning with the spring 2018 baseball and softball seasons.  Public safety and compliance with all applicable laws, regulations, ordinances, and university policies will be given first priority consideration when making decisions related to management of alcoholic beverage sales at the athletic games.  No alcoholic beverage may be possessed, distributed, served, or consumed by persons under the age of 21.
McNeese State University Assistant Athletics Director-Administration and Operations, as part of the Assistant Athletic Director’s game management responsibilities, will monitor alcoholic beverage sales and consumption activities for compliance with University policies. 
Chartwells, the University’s exclusive meal provider, will manage and operate alcohol beverage sales at the athletic games.  Chartwells will employ all alcoholic beverage sellers at athletic games.  Chartwells will be responsible for notifying applicable regulatory agencies as required and shall be responsible for obtaining and maintaining the required licenses and permits to sell alcoholic beverages at the athletic games.  Chartwells shall ensure all State and Federal Laws are followed.

Education and licensing

As required by State and Federal laws and regulations, all sellers of alcoholic beverages will be required to have successfully completed the required education and possess a valid State of Louisiana bar card at all times when selling alcoholic beverages.  Chartwells will be responsible for ensuring that all alcoholic beverage sellers have the required credentials.  Chartwells will contract with a qualified third party to provide the required education, as needed, and Chartwells will pay for the cost of training.
In addition, Chartwells and the University will seek to provide alcohol awareness education to those persons involved in the sale and consumption of alcohol at athletic events, e.g. TIPS, including but not limited to employees verifying legal age, employees selling alcoholic beverages, law enforcement officers, University employees and students. 

Legal Age Verification

Chartwells employees will verify that all alcoholic beverage purchasers are of at least the legally required age of 21 years, as required by Law, before alcoholic beverage sales are transacted.  Alcoholic Beverage sellers may not in any circumstance sell an alcoholic beverage if legal age cannot be verified.  The purchaser’s State driver’s license or equivalent form of official State identification will be the accepted form of identification.  Age verification scanners will be employed to assist in verifying legal age.  After legal age has been verified, Chartwells shall fasten a wristband that is unique to McNeese State University and to the individual game on one of the purchaser’s wrists before the alcoholic beverage is sold to the purchaser.   At Chartwells’ discretion, verification of age may occur at the alcoholic beverage selling venue or at a separate location determined by Chartwells.  Even if a purchaser has a wristband, if a seller has doubts as to whether the purchaser is of the legally required age, the alcoholic beverage seller should ask for the purchaser’s driver’s license to verify age.  If a purchaser refuses to provide proper identification, the seller may not rescind the request, and the seller shall refuse to sell the alcoholic beverage to the purchaser no matter how old the customer appears.

Sales Limitations

Sellers shall limit purchasers to no more than two containers of alcohol (glass or can) for each sales transaction.  Only cash will be accepted for payment.
Sellers shall refuse to sell alcoholic beverages to anyone perceived to be inebriated.
Alcoholic beverage sales shall cease at pre-designated times at particular athletic games.  See individual athletic venues for specific times.

Security and Law Enforcement

Law enforcement shall include a search for alcohol when searching for items entering the athletic venue.  Law enforcement shall not allow persons entry into the athletic venue with alcohol in their possession. 
Law enforcement will at all times be in a reasonably close visual distance of all alcohol sale venues.  Law enforcement shall assist alcohol sellers in the safe and responsible selling of alcohol and in the enforcement of these policies and procedures.
Law enforcement will not allow athletic event attendees to leave the athletic venue with a container containing an alcoholic beverage.  Attendees will be required to discard the alcohol beverage before leaving the athletic venue.  A trash receptacle will be placed at venue entrances.
In the interest of public safety, if an attendee leaves the athletic venue, re-entry into the facility will not be permitted (see baseball/softball the doubleheader exception below). 

Specific Venues:

2018 Baseball Season

Alcoholic Beverages will be sold from the  baseball concession stand.  Construction of new restrooms and concession areas is possible for the spring 2018 baseball season, so some temporary facility adjustments may be required in 2018.  If construction occurs during the 2018 baseball season, alcoholic beverage sales will be moved to an area near the current beer garden. 
Age verification, wrist band fastening, and selling of alcohol will occur at the alcoholic beverage sales venue.  A separate location for verifying legal age and fastening of wrist bands is not anticipated.
Chartwells anticipates that it has a sufficient number of legally qualified employees to serve alcoholic beverages for the 2018 baseball season, so additional bar card training for the 2018 baseball season will not be needed.  Chartwells will provide the necessary training if it becomes necessary.  One police officer will remain near the alcohol beverage sales venue at all times.   
A variety of canned beer will be sold, but draft beer will not be sold. The price for a 12 ounce beer will be $4 per can.  Alcoholic beverage purchasers will be allowed to bring alcoholic beverages to their seats, but alcoholic beverage hawkers will not be used.  Alcohol beverage sales shall cease at the end of the 7th inning.  For doubleheader games, if the second game of a doubleheader begins within 30 minutes of the end of the first game, alcohol may be sold through the 7th inning of the second game without interruption between games.
As a single exception to the general policy precluding re-entry, attendees will be allowed re-entry into the baseball athletic venue between doubleheader games without having to purchase an additional ticket. 
To give advance notice of these alcoholic policies and procedures, Athletics will include alcoholic beverage sales information in its annual season ticket newsletter.  Other notifications will be at the discretion of the Athletics Administration.

2018 Softball Season

Alcoholic Beverages will be sold from the northernmost window of the concession stand.  Age verification, wrist band fastening, and selling of alcohol will occur at that single location. A separate location for verifying legal age and fastening of wrist bands is not anticipated.
Chartwells anticipates that it has a sufficient number of legally qualified employees to serve alcoholic beverages, so additional bar card training for the 2018 softball season will not be needed.  Chartwells will provide the necessary training if it becomes necessary.  One police officer will remain near the alcohol sales venue at all times.   
A variety of canned beer will be sold, but draft beer will not be sold.  The price for a 12 ounce beer will be $4 per can.   Alcoholic beverage purchasers will be allowed to bring alcoholic beverages to their seats, but alcoholic beverage hawkers will not be used.  Alcoholic beverage sales shall cease at the end of the 5th inning.  For doubleheader games, if the second game of a doubleheader begins within 30 minutes of the end of the first game, alcohol may be sold through the 5th inning of the second game without interruption between games.
As a single exception to the general policy precluding re-entry, attendees will be allowed re-entry into the softball athletic venue between doubleheader games without having to purchase an additional ticket. 
To give advance notice of these alcoholic policies and procedures, Athletics will include alcohol beverage sales information in its annual season ticket newsletter.  Other notifications will be at the discretion of the Athletics Administration.