Back in late June, The North Carolina Legislature and Governor were able to come together and pass a bill that allows for the sale of alcohol at college venues during college games. Other states already had policies in place for alcohol sales, and the move would allow all the college venues in the state to tap into another source of revenue.
Since the bill passed, there had been dribs and drabs of information to come out, and it was speculated that UNC would be gearing up to start sales in time for their first home game on September 7th. Not long after NC State announced their plans for alcohol sales at Carter-Finley, Bubba Cunningham made UNC’s plans official.
As far as the logistics go, there are still some things to be made official but Cunningham does provide some important details. Twenty sites throughout Kenan will sell alcohol, and per state law, there is a limit of one drink per person. Alcoholic drinks are also not going to be allowed to be taken into the student section. As for the alcohol itself, Cunningham only says “beer and wine,” but Inside Carolina’s Ross Martin reported earlier in the day that a spiked seltzer will be available as well. Anyone who’s had a spiked seltzer wouldn’t call it beer. The AD also stated that sales will begin 90 minutes before kickoff and cease when the third quarter kicks off.
While all of this isn’t a surprise, one piece of the release was: where the proceeds would go. It was assumed alcohol sales would go where all other concession sales go, into the general athletic funds. This will not be the case, however, as the proceeds will go to programs throughout UNC. Specifically, the proceeds will go to:
- The Carolina Covenant; The fund set up at UNC to help low income students all across the state afford tuition at the state’s flagship university
- The Faculty Excellence Program: A program at UNC to allow all faculty members to expand in their subjects and learn better teaching methods, further enhancing the experience of UNC students
- An alcohol education program, which the school will coordinate with Student Affairs to create.
As September 7th gets closer, more details will be announced and those details will likely leak before UNC makes them official. There also hasn’t been an announcement about basketball or baseball games, but UNC has time to get those logistics sorted out. Expect an announcement before each team starts their season.