MANHATTAN — Kansas State baseball fans are in for a treat.
Anyone of legal drinking age who attends the Wildcats’ six remaining games at Tointon Family Stadium will be able to purchase beer from a third-party vendor.
“In accordance with university policy and procedures,” said senior athletics director for operations Casey Scott, “we updated our athletics alcohol policy in order to allow us to implement a test program allowing beer sales at all remaining baseball games this season.”
Scott said the athletics department is treating the beer sales as a trial run. If all goes well, K-State will consider selling beer at all home baseball games next season.
When asked if K-State would also consider selling beer in general areas at future football or basketball games, Scott firmly said no.
“That is not on the table,” he said. “These are the only plans we have for any public beer sales. We have no plans and we have had no discussions about the sale of alcohol in general public areas other than this test program.”
K-State’s current alcohol sales are limited to closed suites. No beer is sold in general admission sections, and fans are not allowed to bring outside beverages with them to games.
Alcohol sales are rare at many college sporting events. For example: West Virginia is the only school in the Big 12 that sells beer at home football games. But it is more common at college baseball games. Wichita State sells beer during games at Eck Stadium.
K-State’s two remaining baseball series come against TCU this weekend and Oklahoma from May 17-19.
The Wildcats are off to a 28-13 start and currently sit third in the Big 12 standings with a 7-5 conference record.
K-State is hoping selling beer will result in large crowds the rest of the baseball season.
“For baseball games, this is not something that is unusual,” Scott said. “We don’t anticipate any issues. It’s something we want to offer our fans.”