Ohio State is giving the fans what they want, more beer.
The university is expanding beer sales inside Ohio Stadium aka The ‘Shoe for the 2016 season. The announcement comes on the heels of closely watching the pilot program the university ran last year on the suite level.
Ohio State joins in on the recent trend of selling alcohol during football games. Other of other universities on that list include Texas, Minnesota, West Virginia, and more.
Levy Restaurants, Ohio State’s food partner for the 105,000 seat stadium, will sell a variety of domestic and craft beer. Miller Lite and Coors Light cans will cost $8 while Ohio craft beers will go for $9. Craft breweries include Four String, North High and the “anchor beer” of the stadium, Land-Grant Brewing. Fans will only be allowed to purchase two beers at a time. The sale of alcohol ends shortly after halftime (10 minutes left in the third quarter).
A portion of the proceeds will be used to fund two new full-time positions in the Ohio State police department at a cost of $300,000. The university will also use $50,000 of the revenue generated to fund research at the Ohio State University Higher Education Center for Alcohol and Drug Misuse Prevention and Recovery. Any remaining revenue will go into the athletic department’s general budget.
The Buckeyes finished last year #4 in the final AP Poll and set a record this spring with 12 players drafted in the first four rounds of the NFL Draft. Ohio State plays its home opener on September 3 vs. Bowling Green.