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Starting this fall, beer will be available for sale during Bulldog Stadium athletic event. Photo via gobulldogs.com

published on August 25, 2017 - 12:52 PM
Written by The Business Journal Staff

Following a declaration from the California State University system, Fresno State will once again allow the sale of beer at its stadium for sporting events.

The university’s administration announced that starting in the fall, fans will be able to purchase up to two beverages per sale from two beer gardens available during games at Bulldog Stadium.

“After reviewing the new policy and taking into consideration fan requests, we have decided to implement a responsible and moderate approach to reinstating beer sales at Fresno State intercollegiate athletic events,” said Debbie Adishian-Astone, Fresno State’s vice president for administration, in a statement.

The beer gardens will be on the northwest corner near Barstow Avenue and on the southeast corner of the stadium. Beer will not be sold after the end of the third quarter of football games. Patrons will be required to return to their seats after making their purchase.

The change comes after the CSU chancellor’s office issued an executive order allowing each college to decide for itself whether it would sell beer at its games.

In 2006, the CSU chancellor at the time banned alcohol from being sold at all of its 23 colleges across the state. Beer hasn’t been sold at Fresno State home football games since the 2005 season.

In addition to selling beer, the college also plans to open up a new pick-up area for ride sharing and taxi services.

“To ensure the continuation of Fresno State’s fan-friendly, family environment, we will have adequate security presence as well as signage and video messages that will promote the importance of responsible drinking,” Adishian-Astone said.

The Fresno State Athletics Department is working with Pardini’s, its concessionaire; the Fresno State Police Department; and the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control to ensure all regulations are met and that each server completes the required LEAD (Licensee Education on Alcohol and Drugs) training.

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