FARGO (AP) - A push to allow the sale of alcoholic beverages in the Fargodome during North Dakota State University football games has apparently fizzled.
A few NDSU senators had suggested the possibility of regulating alcohol sales during games, arguing in a student newspaper that the move could reduce binge-drinking before games and other problems involving students and alcohol.
But less than a week later, the idea seems to lack support from university officials, and even the students who brought up the issue are reconsidering its merit, the Forum reports.
While NDSU football fans now can consume alcohol in three designated tailgating lots, at home or in restaurants and bars before kickoff, no alcohol is sold in the Fargodome during Bison games.
The current five-year contract between the university and the Fargodome Authority does not allow alcohol sales inside the facility during school events.
Athletic Director Gene Taylor said the alcohol policy for NDSU events in the Fargodome "is not going to change any time soon."
Robbie Lauf, student body president, said the student government supports the current alcohol policies. He said keeping the tailgating lots where alcohol can be consumed separate from the "family-friendly environment" inside the Fargodome works well.
While the student government does not want to change alcohol policy at the dome, students' binge drinking, sneaking alcohol into the Fargodome and underage drinking are issues on game days, Lauf said.
In this season's four home games so far, Fargo police have issued 43 citations for minor consumption, and 15 of those were issued inside the Fargodome, said Fargo Police Lt. Joel Vettel.