Beer sales considered for Tiger games at Liberty Bowl - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Beer sales considered for Tiger games at Liberty Bowl

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - Pronto Pups, Coke, and Vitamin Water - you can get them all at the Liberty Bowl during Tigers Football games.

But what about beer?  Currently the University of Memphis does not support beer sales at football games.

The school rents the Liberty Bowl from the city.  Though never written in the lease, university officials say there's always been an unwritten understanding with the previous administration at city hall that alcohol not be sold at football games.

University officials say the current administration is aware of it's wishes, but sources at City Hall say selling beer is under consideration.

Even if beer sales at Tiger football games became a reality, the school wouldn't see any profit. Under its most recent contract agreement with the University of Memphis, the city gets all money from both parking and concessions.

Proponents of beer sales say they don't mind.

"I think it's a good idea...a lot of folks bring it in anyway, and it's lost revenue," Tiger Fan Tommy Williams said.

Officials say city needs the money too, and beer sales could help fill seats, or at least provide more options at concession stands.

Action News 5 contacted Memphis CAO Jack Sammons by phone, but he said he could not comment for this story.

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