Florida to sell beer and wine at baseball, softball, and lacrosse games

    The Florida Gators will offer beer, wine, and hard seltzer at baseball, softball and lacrosse games this season.

    The University of Florida used basketball as a test to begin taking advantage of an SEC rule revision from last May that allowed schools to sell alcohol at sporting events on campus and will expand the program to three additional spring sports. Florida began selling beer, wine, and hard seltzer at basketball games this season and there have been no reported incidents.

    Here are the procedures for alcohol purchase and consumption at three different venues:

    • Alcoholic beverages will be sold and dispensed only at designated stationary locations;
    • Alcoholic beverages will not be sold by vendors within the seating areas;
    • Identification check will be required at every point of sale to prevent sales to minors;
    • Alcoholic beverage sales are limited to beer and wine only
    • Fans, with valid legal IDs, will be permitted to only buy a maximum of two drinks at a time
    • Alcohol must be dispensed into cups;
    • Safe server training and additional training for staff to handle high-risk situations is required; and
    • Sales and distribution of alcohol will stop at the start of the end of the top of 7th inning for baseball, end of the top of the 5th inning for softball and at the 15-minute mark of the second half in Lacrosse.

    Which concession stands will sell alcohol?

    Select areas behind home plate, an area on the first base side and the Dizney Plaza. The primary concession stands behind home plate will remain alcohol-free

    Locations on the first and third base side will be the only locations serving alcohol at softball and the other concession stands will remain alcohol-free

    The South concession stand will be the only location serving alcoholic beverages at Lacrosse the North concession stand will remain alcohol-free.

    Nick de la Torre
    A South Florida native, Nick developed a passion for all things sports at a very young age. His love for baseball was solidified when he saw Al Leiter’s no-hitter for the Marlins live in May of 1996. He was able to play baseball in college but quickly realized there isn’t much of a market for short, slow outfielders that hit around the Mendoza line. Wanting to continue with sports in some capacity he studied journalism at the University of Central Florida. Nick got his first start in the business as an intern for a website covering all things related to the NFL draft before spending two seasons covering the Florida football team at Bleacher Report. That job led him to GatorCountry. When he isn’t covering Gator sports, Nick enjoys hitting way too many shots on the golf course, attempting to keep up with his favorite t.v. shows and watching the Heat, Dolphins and Marlins. Follow him on twitter @NickdelatorreGC