Start of a new era: beer sold at baseball game

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CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (WCIA) — It’s the start of a new tradition at U of I baseball games, and soon, almost all Illini sporting events.

Friday night, Illini fans at Illinois Field got the first taste of what’s going to be served at all baseball, football, basketball and softball games soon–beer.

Last year, Illinois did a trial run at a Friday night baseball game. They sold about 1,000 beers and the feedback was positive. At the time, Illini Athletic Director Josh Whitman said not to expect it to be rolled out on a wide scale any time soon. That all changed when the Department of Intercollegiate Athletes announced beer would be sold at almost all games.

It’s not just Illini fans who are excited about the change. Penn State fan Jim Sloniger says, “I love that they sell beer here. I mean we travel to a lot of road games and not a lot of people do that and we certainly appreciate that we can get a beer in the stadium.”

This will roll out at Memorial Stadium and State Farm Center in the fall. Beer will also be sold at softball games starting next year.

There are some rules. You have to be 21 years or older to buy a drink. They’re also limiting it to buying two beers at a time at Illinois Field. Beer sales will end after the middle of the seventh inning. All beer will come in aluminum cans and bottles.

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