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Alcohol can be sold at university stadiums under new law

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A new law signed today by Governor Gretchen Whitmer will allow public universities to sell beer, wine and cocktails at sports events.

Until now, state law barred alcohol sales at public university sports events. Michigan State University and the University of Michigan were among the last of the Big 10 schools not allowed to sell booze at football and basketball games.

Whitmer said in a written statement that this will not only allow public universities to generate revenue from alcohol sales, it will also discourage binge drinking before games.

Another new law will make permanent the rules that allow bars and restaurants to sell alcoholic drinks to go. The rules were adopted during COVID-19 to help businesses that lost walk-in customers. Whitmer said there have been no reports of liquor law violations or other problems so there’s no reason not to continue the policy.

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