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City Council debates beer sales at Tiger football games

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - On St. Patrick's Day, the debate in a Memphis City Council committee centered around bringing a new kind of sprit to Memphis Tiger football games.

"I think the reality of the situation is that people who are going to get liquored up before a football game are going to do it anyway," council member Shea Flinn said.

Flinn is proposing the city allow beer sales at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium during Tiger football games.

"The hottest ticket in town is for the Memphis Tigers basketball ticket, and the FedEx Forum sells liquor there, Flinn said.

But not everyone agreed.

"If I had a vote in such a matter, I'd vote against selling beer," council member Bill Boyd said.

Boyd was dead set against beer at the Bowl.

"I used to usher at the stadiums, so I observed all of this, as well as being a Tigers fan since 1954," he said.

Boyd believes drinking in the stands will rob Tiger football fans of a family environment.

"I can recall all kind of obnoxious things," he said. "Even more fights in the stands."

But Flinn argues this is about tough economic times, as the city braces to spend nearly $1.7 million on Liberty Bowl renovations.

"This has been the university's decision, and if they want to continue that way, there has to be something in their lease arrangement that makes up that money that we're not realizing," Flinn said.

The University of Memphis is currently negotiating its Liberty Bowl lease with the city.

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