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University of Arizona applying to sell beer, wine at men's basketball games

Posted at 8:34 PM, Oct 18, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-19 22:19:34-04

The University of Arizona Athletics Department is applying for a liquor license to sell beer and wine at McKale Center. 

According to a statement on behalf of Arizona Athletic Director Dave Heeke, the decision to have alcohol "is more about enhancing the fan experience than it is about generating additional revenue, which may be minimal."

The university is going through the process with the Arizona Department of Liquor Licenses and Control, Heeke said.

If the application is approved Heeke says they plan is to sell beer and wine at men's basketball games this upcoming season. 

For now, Heeke says there are not other plans to sell alcohol at other athletic venues. He says alcohol has been served at the Hi-Corbett Field during baseball games since 2012 using a contractor with a liquor license from the city.

"I should point out, the University already holds six liquor licenses, including one for limited service in private areas at Arizona Stadium," Heeke said in a statement. "As with our current licenses held by the University, the athletics department would contract with a third-party company to sell and serve the alcohol at McKale Center. These outside providers are strictly regulated by the State of Arizona and are insistent on serving alcohol responsibly."