Beer, wine sales in works for 3 OSU sports venues

Boone Pickens Stadium. (KOKH/FILE)

The concessions company Sodexo Operations is working to sell beer and wine to the public at Boone Pickens Stadium, Gallagher-Iba Arena and the Cowgirls Soccer Complex.

The company has filed notices in Maryland with the intention of applying for alcoholic beverage licenses at the three venues.

Oklahoma A&M's Board of Regents approved a pilot program for beer and wine at OSU baseball and softball games last year, which made it possible for OSU President Burns Hargis to allow beer and wine for fall sports.

The university has not approved beer and wine for fall sports yet.

"We have not made a decision at this point," OSU Communications Director Gary Shutt said. "We're still continuing the pilot programs. It's just a step that Sodexo has to take so they would have the authority in place if beer and wine were approved for those venues."

He said there wasn't a specific timeline for the university's approval, but they'd have to consider the financial ramifications and how things are going with the current pilot program.

"There's no timeline, we still have baseball and softball events going on," Shutt said. "Obviously, it would be before those [fall] seasons start. [We need to see] how the [pilot] program went, how it all worked, the interest from fans. A lot has to be considered."

The pilot program was announced after the Board of Regents approved it in November. Before the announcement, Texas and West Virginia approved alcohol sales at their Big 12 sporting events.

According to the O'Colly, 290 beers were sold at the first two home OSU baseball games in February.

"I think it is exciting and will enhance the experience for those people," Softball Coach Kenny Gajewski said. "I will be honest and I am very conscious about people who don't drink. I don't want it to be a negative deal here at all, but I want it to be a part of the experience."

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