Nevada Student Leaders Oppose Beer Ban At Football Games

RENO (AP) - Beer and football would continue to go together if University of Nevada, Reno student government leaders have their way.

By a 17-3 vote Wednesday, the Associated Students of the University of Nevada passed a resolution opposing any plan to ban beer sales at Mackay Stadium.

Student leaders say such a ban would do more harm than good because fans would consume more alcohol at pre-game parties.

University President Milton Glick is expected to decide in the next two weeks whether to impose the ban in an effort to reduce problems caused by inebriated fans.

The decision will be announced after university officials tabulate the results of a survey of season ticket holders and fans.

In response to fights among fans in past seasons, the university tried to control the problem by allowing people to buy only one beer at a time and stopping beer sales at halftime.

In 2003, a Nevada fan was arrested after he hit UNLV coach John
Robinson in the head with an empty aluminum beer can as the coach
walked away from the Reno field at halftime.

Robinson was not seriously injured and returned after intermission.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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