State Board of Ed bans alcohol sales to ticket-holders at BSU, UI home football games

Booze is only avaialbe to those willing to pay for VIP seats. How egalitarian. Betsy Z. Russell works as staff writer for The Spokesman-Review. In that position, Russell covers Idaho news from our bureau in BoiseVia Betsy Russell’s blog An Eye on Boise at the Spokesman Review:

Idaho’s State Board of Education today voted to ban alcohol sales at most home football games at Idaho universities for the coming season – including to ticket-holders at Boise State University and University of Idaho games. VIPs at BSU games still will be able to buy alcohol, at their premium seats inside BSU’s Stueckle Sky Center, the AP reports. Fans can still drink alcohol at designated pregame tailgating areas at BSU and University of Idaho with alcohol they bring in.

But the board’s decision, approved with just one dissenting vote, effectively shuts down BSU’s pre-game function known as The Huddle, which offered fans food, alcohol and entertainment in lieu of tailgating. The Huddle was located inside Caven-Williams Sports Complex and opened three hours before prior to kickoff. BSU officials reported no problems operating The Huddle over the past year, arguing that the restaurant-style gathering place was a good alternative for families instead of tailgating.