Few places are drier than Texas during the summer. Except fall at University of Texas football games, where booze wasn't allowed inside the stadium -- until now.
University of Texas Athletics announced Wednesday that beer and wine will be sold at Darrell K. Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium for home football games this year, starting with the home opener against Rice on Sept. 12th. Finally, someone realized college football and drinking go together like... hell, they go together better than peanut butter and jelly. Why do you think there are so many college football games?
The decision comes after "thoughtful discussions" (probably about how great beer and football are) between President Gregory Fenves and Chancellor Bill McRaven. And apparently, the decision doesn't require approval from the UT System Chancellor or Board of Regents, according to the announcement. Although, it's still unclear exactly who drinks wine at football games.
"Fan safety and enjoyment remains our number one priority as we work through the process of expanding beer and wine sales into all seating areas of the stadium," Texas Men's Athletics Director Steve Patterson said in a statement. "During our extensive pilot, we found fans and staff handled the situation responsibly and we had no negative issues or situations. We will continue to monitor the service closely." In other words, drink up, have fun, and don't screw it up for everybody who just wants to have a cold one, guys.
Tony Merevick is Cities News Editor at Thrillist and enjoys watching football as nature intended -- with beer. Send news tips to firstname.lastname@example.org and follow him on Twitter @tonymerevick.