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UNT, SMU to begin beer sales at home games in 2014

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Drinking at a college football game in Texas?

That dream will soon become a reality in Denton, Texas, as the University of North Texas Mean Green football team is slated to implement beer sales at the team's home stadium this upcoming season.

UNT, which is already a “wet campus” with a bar and pool hall located in the heart of the campus, will begin the new policy starting in 2014.

In addition, Fry Street in Denton – boasting a handful of bars right next door to one another and often referred to as a “mini sixth street” (referring to Austin's Sixth Street plastered with bars) – is already located directly across from the UNT campus, drawing numerous students and locals to the area on a daily basis.

The Mean Green went 9-4 last season (6-2 in Conference USA) en route to a bowl appearance and ultimately a victory over the UNLV Rebels in the Heart of Texas Bowl, as UNT aims for continued success this year, along with a successful toast to fans 21-and-over being allowed to drink at the team's home games.

According to reports from USA Today, school officials recently announced that beer will be sold in controlled areas of the team's Apogee Stadium beginning this fall.

The school obtained a license to sell alcoholic beverages at the stadium in 2011, and UNT athletic director Rick Villarreal expects the public sale of beer at games to be a major revenue generator.

Southern Methodist University, located a short distance away in Dallas, will also be implementing the sale of beer at home games in 2014.

Beer and football in the Texas heat is a perfect combination, and schools such as UNT and SMU will soon be seeing financial results because of the new rules in place.

This is a great step in the right direction when it comes to alcohol being sold at college games.

It's a little shocking to see SMU implement the sale of alcohol at home games, but it also gives me hope that maybe – just maybe – Baylor University will one day implement such a system.

We all know that students drink at the games, whether before the trip to the game, in the parking-lot, or at the game using flasks brought into the stadium.

And the new implementation of beer sales at these local Texas school stadiums is a way to regulate alcohol consumed at the stadiums while also bringing in much-needed revenue to help renovate athletic complexes.

What's your take on the new implementation of beer sales at the UNT and SMU stadiums?

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