OU Gets OK’d For Limited Alcohol Sales At Peden, Convo

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Some Bobcat fans will be able to consume alcohol at this weekend’s home football game against the University of Idaho as Ohio University has secured a liquor permit for both Peden Stadium and the Convocation Center.

As The Messenger previously reported, the university’s concessionaire AVI Food Systems Inc. applied for two liquor permits from the state to offer limited alcohol sales during home football and men’s basketball games.

According to Michael Stephens, senior associate athletic director at OU, alcohol sales will begin on Saturday at Peden Stadium. However, sales are limited to patrons in the third and fourth floors of the Tower Club at Peden. Seating in the Tower Club is available for a $250 donation per seat to the Ohio Bobcat Club Annual Fund. Alcohol will not be permitted in the outdoor seats of the Tower Club.

Stephens said OU plans to begin offering alcohol this fall in the Rohr Room in the Convocation Center during men’s basketball games. He said there are no plans at this time to offer alcohol during women’s basketball games.

The Rohr Room is only available for those who contribute at least $750 to the Ohio Bobcat Club Annual Fund.

In a letter to Athens City Council asking for support for the liquor permits, OU Athletic Director Jim Schaus wrote, “It is important to note that we have no plans or intentions to expand alcohol sales into the general seating areas.”

There were no objections voiced by Athens City Council last month when members received notice of the liquor permit applications.